A 33-year-old California man who told the FBI about the repeal of net neutrality regulations has been arrested on charges of threatening to kill the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, according to the Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
According to the Justice Department, 33-year-old Markara Man of Norwalk, Calif., Allegedly sent three emails to Pai in December 2017. The first email accused the FCC chairman responsible for a child who allegedly commits suicide over net neutrality repeal. The next email listed three locations near Washington, D.C., and threatened to kill Pai's family members. And the third email, the DOJ says, simply showed an impact of Pai and a framed photo of him with his family.
When the FBI traced the emails and faced him in May 201
Man has been charged with threatening to murder. official's immediate family member with an intimidate or interfere with the official's official duties. If he is convicted, the California man faces up to 10 years behind bars. The case against Man is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander P. Berrang.
Obama-era rules, in an attempt to make sure that Internet service providers – think AT & T or Comcast – treat all websites and online content equally. Thein December 2017, after months of controversy around the issue. The vote to repeal the regulations was 3-2 in favor of overturning net neutrality, falling along party lines.
The alleged threats against Pai's family come amid a broad debate about civility in politics.
Rep. Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California, called on supporters to harass members of the Trump Cabinet in public.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders what to expect temporaryafter she was told to leave a small restaurant in Lexington, Virginia last week.