Pro-Palestinian Protester Arrested After Threatening To Kill City Council

A pro-Palestinian protester is currently awaiting trial after threatening to kill the members of the Bakersfield, California City Council during an open meeting. The statement was recorded during the meeting and presents a unique situation for the city and for the accused over a direct threat levied during a public session.

Riddhi Patel was arraigned on 18 felony counts after telling the members of the Bakersfield City Council that she would murder them after the council refused to approve a resolution calling for a ceasefire in the current conflict between Israel and Hamas.

The film clip of Patel, who is self-declared as non-binary, made the threat.

Patel also criticized the city council for installing metal detectors in the building, saying that it was meant to “criminalize” protesters.

“You guys want to criminalize us with metal detectors? We’ll see you at your house, we’ll murder you,” she said.

“Jesus probably would’ve killed you himself,” Patel said, also calling the members of the city council “horrible human beings.”

Patel was held on a $1 million bail and was ordered to stay at least 500 yards away from the Bakersfield City Hall.

The suspect said at the Bakersfield City Council meeting that she hoped that the minority population of the country would use guillotines to kill the members of the city council, including Asian American Mayor Karen Goh (R).

“I remind you that these holidays that we practice, that other people in the global south practice, believe in violent revolution against their oppressors, and I hope one day somebody brings the guillotine and kills all of you mother——,” Patel said.

Patel was a regular at the meetings, making a number of left-wing statements.

Following her comments the mayor directed Patel to stand for police. Police officers took the suspect into custody, after which she was charged with eight counts of threatening state officials and 10 counts of making threats with intent to terrorize.

The suspect will have her next court date later this month.