CAP Kansas Commander Suspended Over Comments on Republican Lawmaker

Civil Air Patrol

By Ian Cummings | The Kansas City Star

[Editor’s Note: We received multiple comments on this news link about this disturbing story out of Kansas City. Thank you for your contribution.]

Overland Park police said Tuesday they are aware that a Kansas Civil Air Patrol commander [of the 77th Composite Squadron] has been identified as the person who sent a threatening message to a Johnson County lawmaker on social media.

Earlier this month Lt Col Jonathan A. Holder, commander of a Civil Air Patrol squadron based in Emporia, posted a Facebook comment saying Rep. Stephanie Clayton, an Overland Park Republican, should “swing from a tree.” The squadron was made up of 10 senior officers and five cadets.

Holder said he made the comment and stood by it, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported on Tuesday. Holder did not immediately respond to messages from The Star seeking comment.

Holder wrote the comment under a Facebook post Clayton shared about a bill she introduced that would permanently exempt Kansas colleges from having to allow concealed handguns on campus.

Holder responded with the comment “This bitch needs to swing from a tree for violating her oath.”

Clayton alerted Capitol Police and the Overland Park Police Department. She could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

An Overland Park police detective is investigating, according to Officer John Lacy, a spokesman for the department. The detective was already aware of the commenter’s identity and is doing follow-up work on the investigation, Lacy said.

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