PORTLAND – A raid at a Northeast Portland home earlier this week was due to death threats against one of America’s most controversial lawmen, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
FBI agents searched the home of 35-year-old Clifton Brooks early Monday. They seized computers and other evidence that investigators said tied Brooks to threats made on the Web site, targetingcops.com.
The online messages praised the killing of law enforcement officers, according to investigators, and specifically targeted Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The sheriff’s photo was posted with a “Wanted Dead Or Alive” headline.
Sheriff Arpaio calls himself "America's Toughest Sheriff." and is especially well known for his outspoken stance against illegal immigration. He also got attention when he set up a "Tent City" in Arizona's heat, as an extension of the Maricopa County Jail. Arpaio himself described it to be like a concentration camp.
As for this latest threat, Arpaio said he’s all for the First Amendment, but this crossed the line.
"This is something that comes with the territory, but I'm a little angry at this type of threat. We just had a deputy sheriff that was killed. And then right after that, this guy put on the web derogatory remarks… He called my deputy a pig, I can go on and on," remarked Arpaio.
Google helped the FBI track the online post to Portland and has since taken down the Web site. The alleged threat was made last month.
Brook’s home that was searched is located near the intersection of 66th and Prescott in Portland.
Brooks has not been arrested in connection with this case but the investigation continues. In 2001, he was arrested and convicted of making bomb threats. (Mug shot shown above, right is from a previous arrest.)