Fullilove receives threat over non-discrimination ordinance - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Fullilove receives threat over non-discrimination ordinance

Janis Fullilove (File Photo) Janis Fullilove (File Photo)

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis City Council member is facing personal threats over her support of a proposed non-discrimination ordinance currently under consideration.

Council member Janis Fullilove's ordinance would make it against city hiring policy to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.  Last Tuesday, Fullilove made a passionate plea to fellow council members in support of the ordinance.

"It's about treating people with dignity and respect," she said during a July 20th Council meeting.

But now, the debate has taken a different tone.  According to a police report, Fullilove has received threats at her residence. 

The report shows a police report shows a "threatening phone call" came in to her home just after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

Fullilove filed the report under her married name, Janis Chalmers, and listed her employer as the city of Memphis, City Council.

The police report offers few details about what happened, saying "see case notes."  A Memphis Police Department spokesperson said investigators do not want to jeopardize their case due to the sensitive nature of the crime, so they cannot release exact details.

Although the narrative describes the incident as a "threatening phone call," sources say Fullilove actually received a death threat over the non-discrimination ordinance, and that a dead cat was placed in her yard Tuesday night.

Now, sources say, Memphis police are patrolling her house around the clock.

The report indicates it is unknown who the suspects are, and it is unclear whether or not this was a hate crime.

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