A South Side pastor says death threats have forced him to move into a safe house as police investigate a break-in at his church.
Pastor Corey Brooks, who has gained notoriety as a community activist, believes his life is in danger over his political beliefs.
Pastor Brooks has gotten a lot of attention recently for joining a small group of black ministers breaking with traditional democratic ranks and supporting gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.
Saturday Brooks says it made him the target of a crime, along with voicemails full of hate.
Friday afternoon he says he got five threatening voicemails that he turned over to police.
The messages are full of homophobic and racial slurs and the caller attacks him for backing Rauner for governor.
“We own you and you ain’t got nobody that can stop us. Nobody!” one voicemail said.
“Yeah. We going to steal the sheep of the hypocrite. You’s a hypocrite. You token. You a puppet. You a Bruce Rauner puppet,” another call said.
“If they’re trying to intimidate me, they probably picked the wrong person,” Pastor Brooks said. “As a matter of fact, I’m probably going to go harder.”
After the calls, thieves broke into the pastor’s New Beginnings Church in Woodlawn late Friday night, busting out glass doors and shattering a fundraiser box in the lobby which contained about $8,000 worth of donations.
Governor Pat Quinn heard about the break-in Saturday, saying if this was all an attempt at voter intimidation, it’s wrong.
“I don’t believe in threats at anywhere in our democracy,” Quinn said. “I support the voting rights amendment to make sure everyone has a right to vote and follow their conscience. That’s what America’s all about.”
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SOURCE: ABC-7 Chicago