Mr. Jonathan Lopez took an interesting approach to gain attention for himself in his bid to win the primary election for city commissioner. Instead of winning by knocking on doors and explaining his platform, he wrote a racist letter to himself from “America.” In the anonymous letter that Lopez posted to his Facebook account, the alleged “racist” author claimed to be everything Democrats hate about America, a “God-fearing, pro-gun, pro-life” American who “refuses to be controlled by the government.”
The Hermiston Police are now saying he wrote the letter himself.
Chief Jason Edmiston tells Action News that the criminal investigation for Intimidation in the Second Degree due to the racist, hate-filled letter received by Mr. Jonathan Lopez on 6/23/20, has been closed. The matter will be referred this week, to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office for Initiating a False Report. Initiating a False Report is a Class A misdemeanor in Oregon.
KEPR TV– In one line from the letter, the author said, “Don’t waste your time trying to become anything in this county we will make sure you never win and your family suffers along with all the other f****** Mexicans in the area!” The letter ends by stating, “Sincerely, America!”
In his post, Jonathan writes about the experience of receiving the letter and his background as a person. Jonathan states, “Many don’t know me or who I am and where I stand. As an American born man who served in the USCG, fire and rescue services. I’m also proud of where my parents and grandparents were born and raised, Mexico. I have lived a life full of obstacles and challenges Including racism. There is no room or tolerance of that.”
Jonathan also states that he hopes people can come together and find common ground. “We now more than ever must address these issues that are destroying and distancing us from unification,” Jonathan writes. “We must be mature and adults about things and address them properly at a table or meeting in which we can come to an agreement or mutual understanding!”
Jonathan ended his Facebook post saying that he isn’t mad at the person who wrote the hateful letter. He says, “I hold no resentment for whom ever wrote this; I’m just simply heart broken for the lack of knowledge, education and respect missing. I pray for you and wish you prosperity in your life. God bless us all!”
The Facebook page where the post appeared has now been deleted:
Edmiston says the investigation has shown that Jonathan Lopez wrote the letter himself and made false statements to the police and on social media. The end result is a verbal and written admission by Mr. Lopez that the letter was fabricated.
Additionally, the Hermiston Police are sending the Office of the District Attorney verifiable information of potential election fraud as it pertains to the Stolen Valor Act of 2013 and other false credentials presented by Mr. Lopez during his run for county commissioner. This in conjunction with a lengthy criminal history record may result in the filing of additional charges.