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Royal Oak commissioner asked to resign after Lansing protest says she received harassing phone message

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Posted at 8:36 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 21:20:23-04

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Royal Oak commissioner who recently attended a protest in Lansing against Gov. Whitmer's stay-at-home order filed a police report saying she received a harassing voicemail telling her not to "leave the house and infect people."

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Kim Gibbs filed a police report on April 21 saying that she had received a phone call on April 18 from an unknown number.

A voice message was left from an unidentified man that said, "Please do not leave your house. The fact that you put lives at danger is completely unacceptable. Don't leave the house and infect people by going to the store. Please quarantine yourself for 14 days, that's the right thing to do."

Gibbs added in the police report that that was the only phone call she had received, but there are 200 unread emails to her city email address.

Royal Oak Mayor Michael Fournier has asked Gibbs to resign after she was spotted protesting the stay-at-home order at the state capitol building earlier in April.

According to Fournier, he asked Gibbs to resign saying she "willfully violated the law and put countless lives at risk."

In response to the harassment, the Royal Oak Police Department will be providing Gibbs protective services.

“I attended Operational Gridlock at the Capitol to support the voices of small business owners and their employees,” Gibbs said in a statement released Thursday. “I appreciate, and respect, the president’s efforts to keep Americans safe and end this pandemic; however, the governor’s lockdown is arbitrary and capricious.”

A warrant request was made to search Sprint phone records following the alleged harassing call, but was denied by a judge.