Miss. man upset over NOLA confederate monuments removal arrested for threatening public official
BATON ROUGE - A 70-year-old Mississippi man was arrested for threatening a public official after a conversation with an administrative assistant regarding the confederate monument removals taking place in New Orleans.
According to arrest records, on April 25 around 3:15 p.m., an administrative assistant with the Lt. Governor's Office received a threatening telephone call.
The caller identified himself as John Steiner, 70, of Meridian, Mississippi.
Steiner said he currently lives in Mississippi but was born in Chalmette. Steiner then proceeded to voice his displeasure concerning the monuments being removed in New Orleans.
Steiner reportedly stated that "the only thing that would stop all this nonsense is that all coons had to die," according to arrest records. Steiner claimed that he would be coming to stand in front of the monuments with his guns and would shoot anyone who would stop him, according to arrest records.
The administrative assistant said that Steiner stated at least twice that he would be coming to New Orleans to kill them if need be, according to arrest records.
The Meridian Police Department was then contacted and asked to make contact with Steiner. Meridian PD Captain Jay Arrington advised that he did make contact with Steiner, and qualified him as being basically harmless.
Captain Arrington did advise, however, that Steiner admitted to calling and threatening Mayor Mitch Landrieu but didn't provide specific details regarding the conversation.
As a result, Steiner was arrested for threatening a public official. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on the aforementioned charge. His bond was set at $10,000.