Three men were arrested Monday in Denver on firearms and drug charges in connection with a plot to assassinate Senator Barack Obama during his acceptance speech for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination Thursday night.
Police were alerted to the plot after an arrest during a traffic stop in Aurora, Colorado, on Sunday morning. Police seized firearms and methamphetamine during the arrest.
In an effort to open the convention to thousands of supporters, Obama’s campaign moved his acceptance speech from the convention center to Invesco Field. The stadium venue complicates security plans as compared with the smaller convention center.
According CBS News:
KCNC in Denver reported: One of the suspects told authorities they were “going to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a … rifle … sighted at 750 yards.”
Tharin Gartrell, Nathan Johnson and Shawn Adolf have lengthy criminal records for illegal gun possession, drug dealing and theft. The three men were being sough on arrest warrants for numerous crimes.
In an interview with KCNC-TV, Channel 4 in Denver, Johnson said: “He don’t belong in political office. Blacks don’t belong in political office. He ought to be shot.”
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This after an arrest was made in a downtown Denver hotel, in an unrelated story, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was staying. A man entered the hotel carrying two hunting rifles and two pistols.
According to Politico and the Denver Post: