Police say Mpls man left threatening message for Metro Transit police chief

A Minneapolis man has been charged with making terroristic threats against Metro Transit Police chief John Harrington. According to the complaint, Anthony Jemison, 51, left a two-minute long, profanity-laden screed on the chief’s voicemail last week. Police say Jemison complained about Transit Police patrols near the intersection of Chicago Ave. S. and Lake St. And they say Jemison warned Harrington that he could wind up like Minneapolis police officer Jerry Haaf. Haaf was shot and killed while on duty at a Lake Street business in 1992.

Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland said Jemison has made complaints to Metro Transit before, but says the threats are something new. “Obviously Metro Transit takes threats against law enforcement personnel very seriously,” said Siqveland. He also said it’s very rare for Metro Transit Command staff to be threatened.

Harrington most recently served as a DFL state senator before joining the Metro Transit Police Department. Before that, Harrington was chief of the St. Paul Police Department.