Oregon Umatilla County Candidate Confesses To Writing “Racist Letter” To Himself.
Jonathan Lopez, Oregon Umatilla County commissioner candidate who claimed to receive a “racist letter” last month has now confessed to writing this letter to himself.
Jonathan Lopez, a Latino, said he had found a letter addressed to him which contained racist and derogatory slurs in his mailbox on June 23. He posted a photo of the typed letter to Facebook, which was shared hundreds of times within 24 hours.
The letter stated in part that Lopez and other “Mexicans” were “not welcome here” and that “America is for the God fearing, pro gun, pro life humans who refuse to be controlled by the government.”
Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston, said on Monday in an email that Lopez had confessed that he wrote the letter. Edmiston said the case would be forwarded to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s office for review for initiating a false report, a Class A misdemeanor in Oregon.
“From the onset, this alleged incident has been thoroughly investigated,” Edmiston wrote in an email. “Our investigation has shown that Mr. Lopez wrote the letter himself and made false statements to the police and on social media. The end result is a verbal and written admission by Mr. Lopez that the letter was fabricated.”
Oregon Umatilla County Candidate Confesses To Writing “Racist Letter” To Himself
Johnathan Lopez initially stated that it was a big misunderstanding. He said he just meant to speak with Edmiston about racism in Umatilla County and use the letter as an example of the type of racism people experience, but often don’t speak out about publicly.
“I never meant to file a report, it just kind of spiraled out,” he said. He also said he “never meant to mislead” the public.
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