On Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, the Waynesville Police Department received a report from Democratic Party of Haywood County regarding a concerning phone call they had received earlier that day. Upon receiving the information provided, an investigation was initiated which lead to identifying the source of the phone call.
Further investigation into this matter led investigators to determine that no specific threat was made. The phone call in question did contain abusive language and would cause concern to anyone who may have been on the receiving end. However, a threat was not substantiated and based upon our findings, we do not believe there is a credible threat to the Haywood County Democratic Party Headquarters. We have met with leadership at the Democratic Party and made them aware of our findings.
The Waynesville Police Department encourages everyone to remain civil and calm during these trying times. Although abusive language and disrespect may not reach the level of being a criminal offense, often it is the conduit that leads to violence and further division. We ask you to treat each other with respect as fellow citizens of this great nation, regardless of political party or opinion.