Rockford Police Investigating Threat Against Mayor Morrissey

By: From the Rockford Police Department
By: From the Rockford Police Department

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- We're learning more about a potential threat against Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey.

Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato says it all started with an anonymous call to the 9-1-1 center. A follow up investigation by Rockford Police has allowed them to arrest James Pauley. Bruscato says he was arrested on charges of drug possession with an intent to deliver.

Right now police are investigating the anonymous caller for more information. For the past week Mayor Morrissey has had a security detail of two Rockford Police Officers. At this time we do not know what kind of threat has been made against the mayor.



From the Rockford Police Department:

ROCKFORD (RPD) -- Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson today confirmed that they have responded to a report of a threat against a public official.

“Threats against any individual are taken very seriously and the Rockford Police Department will investigate and respond appropriately,” the Chief stated.

While the concern over the immediate report involving the public official has been resolved, due to the on-going nature of the investigation, the City of Rockford will not be releasing any additional information at this time.


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  • by Dave Location: Rockford on Dec 20, 2011 at 07:42 AM
    Morrissey is a punk. I hope the cops pull up out front and take a nap. This man is not worthy of protection.
  • by Dave Location: Rockford on Dec 19, 2011 at 07:20 AM
    Is this because Morrissey said he was threatened? Likely so with no confirmation of a threat what so ever. I think its just a ploy to get headlines. This guy is only about himself. He is the most invisible, worthless, freeloading, lying mayor this city has ever seen.
  • by Dave Location: Rockford on Dec 19, 2011 at 07:12 AM
    Big deal... We live under the threat of morriseys poor decisions and pilfering of taxpayers pockets everyday. Get out of office and get out of town you little bitty man. Heres an idea. On your next wasted vacation to China take your family and stay there.
  • by Joe Location: Rockford on Dec 15, 2011 at 09:24 AM
    And his honor wants US to live in fear but not him? WE need protection too Mr Mayor, WE live under the threat of violence everyday because of the actions YOU and the do nothing city council have taken! WE DESERVE PROTECTION EVERY BIT AS MUCH AS YOU DO SO PROTECT US TOO!
  • by sha nay nay on Dec 15, 2011 at 08:01 AM
    I say suck it up! We all live in this this town and we don't get police officers to watch over us daily..no we are on our own and in the dark. Equal treatment!
  • by Violated Location: 815 on Dec 15, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    I agree, 2 officers around the clock? How about lay off the 2 that protect you mayor, why should the public suffer any more losses because you aren't capable of doing your job? I am a taxpayer and I am very upset, u should go sit at the PSB if u need protection and let every possible officer patrol the streets, that's where they are needed most.
  • by Anonymous Location: Rockford on Dec 15, 2011 at 12:31 AM
    How come Mayor Morrissey can get round the clock protection for just a threat, but I cant get any extra patrol in my area when gunshots are fired right across the street from my house?!?!?!?!?! This is insane. But lets lay off more police officers...isnt that right Mr. Morrissey?
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      by shanster on Dec 15, 2011 at 07:58 AM in reply to Anonymous
      agreed... tax payer $ wasted again ..meanwhile we live without police patrolling our neighborhoods preventing crime and no street lights to see criminals.
  • by john Doe Location: Heaven on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:56 PM
    Casino! Amerock! Auburn st.......................................
  • by elena on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:02 PM
    Threats and violence. Will this ever cease.....Some people in our community need something better to do and find a real life.
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