Apr 6


Woman threatened over lawn signs

An Amherst woman with a lawn sign that declares “Black Lives Matter” has been threatened by an anonymous letter writer who invoked the name of a right-wing news site.

Ivy Yapelli received the letter two weeks ago stating that she had been placed on a “database of homeowners who may be deemed dangerous.” According to the letter writer, the “Black Lives Matter ” and “Resist” signs on Yapelli’s lawn promote “hatred and violence.”

“It was clearly an attempt to intimidate me,” Yapelli said.

No return address was provided, but the letter was signed, “Truth Revolt, Buffalo, NY Chapter.” The editor of Truth Revolt said, however, that it has no Buffalo chapter and denounced the letter, saying “That is something that we do not have any knowledge of or approve of.”