(KMOV.com) – The pastor of a church that is only blocks from where Michael Brown was shot and killed said he has received 71 threats since the shooting.
Pastor Carlton Lee said threats are mailed to the church or left on the door. Lee said people have threatened to kill him or burn his church with everyone inside. Lee believes he is a target because he has been protesting against police brutality.
“As Michael Brown, Sr. being a part of my church, we are evermore committed to the situation not just because they are family to us but because there are injustices going on all over the country,” Lee said.
Lee met with the FBI Friday. He said agents told them they are not surprised by the dozens of threats against him because they are investigating similar cases in the St. Louis area. Lee said he will not let the threats stop him.
“It motivates me in a way that you can’t even imagine,” Lee said. “Most people would probably back down from it, but I’m not going to back down. In fact, it makes me go even harder because I know this is what I’m called to do and this goes with the territory.”
Lee said he will be with the Brown family the day the Grand Jury decision is announced. After that, he says he plans to peacefully protest for change.