Indian American arrested for threatening Bakersfield mayor, council members

Wednesday 17th April 2024 07:59 EDT

California: Riddhi Patel, 28, an Indian-American woman was arrested inside Bakersfield City Council chambers for threatening to “murder” council members and the mayor.

Riddhi Patel, 28, a pro-Palestine protestor, is accused of 16 felony counts and booked into jail on suspicion of eight counts of intending to terrorize with the threats, and the rest of eight counts of threatening city officials during her speech.

She was seen sobbing with tears after hearing the felony charges against her. During a segment of the council meeting designated for public commentary, Patel vocalized her opposition to the proposed security measures, specifically the installation of metal detectors, which she perceived as a criminalization of the public.

Patel’s contentious remarks directly threatened the council, stating, “You guys want to criminalize us with metal detectors,” followed by, “We’ll see you at your house. We’ll murder you.” She further escalated her rhetoric speech: “I hope one day somebody brings the guillotine and kills all of you motherf******.”

She called out “Navratri a festival of oppressors” during her speech and invoked Mahatma Gandhi and Jesu Christ just before she threatened the city council members.

The pro-Palestine protestor's inflammatory and atrocious speech quickly went viral on social media like X and TikTok. From Collin Rugg to the Hindu American Foundation shared the video on X, which attracted more than 3 million views.

“We are outraged that this person invokes Gandhi & Chaitra Navaratri while threatening to murder Bakersfield leaders,” the Hindu American Foundation posted.

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