PROVIDENCE, R.I., (WJAR) -- A Cranston man is facing felony charges for allegedly making threats against Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza on social media.
Bruce Valliere, 59, has been accused of sending a threatening message to Elorza’s Facebook page.
Providence police arrested Valliere at his Cranston home Thursday morning. He’s charged with threatening a public official and disorderly conduct.
“When you threaten to do bodily harm against a public official, that crosses the line,” said Providence Police Commissioner Steven Pare.
In the message, police said Valliere told Elorza he would walk away “limping” if he ran into Valliere on the street.
Police said it was just one of several disturbing messages discovered by an Elorza staffer.
“Some were pretty grotesque and indecent,” Pare said. “Then, one was threatening.”
Valliere is a former NBC 10 News employee who worked with the operations department more than a decade ago. He and the mayor’s office declined to comment Thursday.
“No one should be threatening a public official,” Pare said. “Whether it’s on social media, on Facebook, a telephone or verbally, that shouldn’t be.”
Valliere was arraigned in District Court and released on $6,000 personal recognizance. He’s due back in court in May.