Orange County, FL - Two threatening and racist letters, one with a noose inside, have been sent to Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala.
According to The Orlando Sentinel, the State Attorney, who is assigned to Osceola-Orange Counties, received the first letter on March 20. A clerk at Aramis Ayala's office picked up the mail and noticed a racist message written on the outside of the envelope that was addressed to her.
About a week later, a second letter, which appeared to have come from the same person, was noticed by the same clerk. Only this time, there was also a noose made of green twine taped to a postcard inside the envelope.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office is conducting the investigation and is being assisted by the U.S. Postal Service.
One letter said, "SOONER OR LATER A NI----R WILL BE A NI----R" in black blocked letters. While another letter said, "You are an Honorary Member of S.P.O.N.G.E." on one side and "Society for the Prevention of Ni----s Getting Everything" on the other.
In an incident report, Aramis Ayala said that she “believes the hangman’s noose was meant as a threat to her as a public official." She also said that she thinks both incidents are hate crimes, marking the first time that Blue Lives Matter has agreed with something Ayala has said.
Aramis Ayala has not been a stranger to the news in the last month so, first announcing that she would not seek the death penalty in the Markeith Loyd case, or in any capital murder case that was assigned to her. Florida Governor Rick Scott then removed her from the 23 death penalty cases that were in her jurisdiction, including Loyd's, and reassigned them to another State Attorney.
She filed a lawsuit against Governor Scott, claiming that he did not have the authority to remove her from cases. However, a judge disagreed with her and rejected her lawsuit. Ayala has vowed to appeal.
Her emails provide proof that she consulted with anti-death penalty groups before she announced her decision about not seeking the death penalty. She also did not disclose her personal beliefs on the death penalty during her campaign to seek office against former State Attorney Jeff Ashton.
In a display of irony, the Orange County Sheriff's Office, whom Ayala has disrespected, will now be investigating hate crimes that have been committed against her.
While Aramis Ayala's stance on the death penalty is based on her personal beliefs, the investigating officers may have to set aside any personal beliefs about Ayala while they attempt to identify the suspect, because it's the right thing. It's called integrity.