Oakland Co. man arrested for threatening Benson

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, May 18, 2019 | Andrew Roth

    Michigan State Police have arrested a 72-year-old man who made threats against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, according to a report from the Detroit News.

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (left), Attorney General Dana Nessel (center) and Chief Justice Bridge McCormack (right) at the State of the State address, Jan. 29, 2020 | Andrew Roth

    The man, a Groveland Township resident, allegedly left Benson threatening voicemails and also made threats to a member of her office personnel, authorities said. The suspect is being held at Oakland County Jail.

    Authorities obtained a search warrant and entered the man’s home to find weapons and evidence. That’s when he was arrested, per the Detroit News. Officials’ findings have been sent to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

    Benson thanked police for their actions in a Thursday Twitter post

    “I am grateful to @mspmetrodet and @MichStatePolice for their swift response and action,” Benson wrote. “Threats against public officials have no place in our society.”

    Last year, the Michigan Advance reported that Attorney General Dana Nessel received death threats over her ongoing investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic church.

    C.J. Moore
    C.J. Moore covers the environment and the Capitol. She previously worked at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland as a public affairs staff science writer. She also previously covered crop sustainability and coal pollution issues for Great Lakes Echo. In addition, she served as editor in chief at The State News and covered its academics and research beat. She is a journalism graduate student at Michigan State University.