Police consider graffiti about killing Jerry Brown a ‘terrorist threat’

LOS ANGELES — Police in the Orange County city of Santa Ana and California Gov. Jerry Brown’s security detail were trying find out today who wrote graffiti on two walls threatening to kill the new governor on Valentine’s Day.

The graffiti, which threatened the governor and included a Nazi swastika, was discovered Thursday and is considered a “terrorist threat.” Authorities are also investigating any links to earlier graffiti in the area threatening to kill Catholics.

“At this point,” Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department said, “we have no clue, other than it’s Valentine’s Day.”

One of the scrawls said, “We gonna kill Gov. Brown 2/14/11,” and was discovered by a resident about 7 a.m. on a block wall, Bertagna said. The threat was sprayed with black paint.

Later in the day, a Santa Ana police officer spotted the second message on a block wall on a different street. Painted in red, it said, “26 more days 4 Brown.” A swastika was painted next to it, Bertagna said.

Santa Ana police contacted the California Highway Patrol, which is responsible for protecting the governor. Bertagna said investigators were checking the governor’s schedule to see if he was planning to visit the area on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.

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