MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man is facing a hate crime charge alleging he threatened the state's Democratic Party chairman, who is Muslim.
Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George tells Vermont Public Radio (http://bit.ly/2tzc4fW) that 48-year-old Christopher Hayden of Burlington has been charged with disturbing the peace by electronic means, with a hate crime enhancement.
Faisal Gill (FASS-il Gill), who is believed to be the country's first Muslim chairperson of a state political party, says he received three threatening emails within a week in May.
The messages are peppered with racial and religious epithets and call Gill an "agent for creeping sharia law" who should "get out (of Vermont) or we will make you wish you did."
No listed phone number for Hayden could be found.