The Kansas City mayor called racist slur after requiring masks

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Mayor of Kansas City said Monday that he was called a racist insult and said he had to ‘swing from a tree’ after announcing mandatory face masks in the city of Missouri.

Mayor Quinton Lucas on Twitter shared a screenshot of the lyrics, which came after he announced Friday that masks are needed in Kansas City when a 6-foot (2-meter) distance isn’t feasible.

“You walked with RIOTERS without a mask idiot,” read a text, following a screenshot Lucas shared. “You have to swing from a tree, I don’t threaten it, but I would like to see it.”

Lucas has taken part in Kansas City protests brought about by the deaths of George Floyd and other black people at the hands of the police. Floyd died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes when the handcuffed man begged for air.

Lucas did not share the name or number of the person who allegedly sent the lyrics, including a racist slur and obscene language describing the black mayor.

In a tweet about the lyrics, Lucas wrote, “Let’s do it better.”

Masks are mandatory in Kansas City from Monday. The mandate remains valid until at least July 12.

It is unclear whether the police are investigating the texts as a threat. An Associated Press request for comment to a Kansas City police spokesman was not immediately returned on Monday.

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