01/13/2011 01:50 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Danny Davis Threat: Mark Carter, 24th Ward Alderman Candidate, Questioned By FBI

A longtime opponent of Rep. Danny Davis says he was questioned by the FBI about a threat the Chicago congressman received via email.

This past Sunday, Davis told the press that his staff received an email saying "Danny Davis is next," an apparent reference to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and many others in Tucson, Arizona over the weekend.

The man reportedly questioned in the threat is Mark Carter, an activist on Chicago's West Side who is running for alderman in the city's 24th Ward.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Carter was approached by an FBI agent and a Chicago police officer at a McDonald's:

The FBI agent did all the talking, while a Chicago police officer, dressed in street clothes, sat quietly.

"I basically asked them, 'Am I under arrest?,' and they said, 'We want to question you about allegations against you,'" Carter told the Sun-Times.


"He knows damn well, I don't threaten [people's lives]," Carter said of Davis. "I don't want anything to happen to him." Carter says he's criticized Davis because "he's incompetent, and he's done nothing for the community, but it's not to the point of physical."

Apparently, Carter was brought to the FBI's attention for a series of YouTube videos he made in 2008 in which he antagonizes the congressman, along with several others: State Senator Rickey Hendon; former Chicago Public Schools CEO and current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; and the late Michael Scott, former president of the schools who committed suicide amidst investigations of misconduct in November of 2009.

Carter believed the men were having a back-room meeting about the potential closure and demolishing of a Chicago high school, Collins, to make way for the planned 2016 Olympic Games. The men are confrontational with one another, although there are no threats of violence from Carter to Davis.

The Chicago police refused to comment on Carter's questioning, and the FBI would not name any of its suspects in the investigation of the threat.

Watch the video that led to Carter's questioning (some NSFW language, esp. from Sen. Hendon):