Arkansas Democratic Auditor Nominee Diamond Arnold-Johnson Arrested For Alleged Terroristic Threatening

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Police arrested Democratic nominee for Arkansas auditor, Diamond Arnold-Johnson, on allegations of felony terroristic threatening Friday morning, 11 days prior to election day, according to multiple reports.

Police said Arnold-Johnson, 32, admitted she had written a series of threatening Facebook posts that led her husband, Arick Johnson, to be charged with terroristic threatening earlier in 2022, KATV reported, citing a press release from police. Arick Johnson stood trial for the charges in August, the outlet continued.

Officers initially attempted to serve a warrant against her Oct. 13, but called in a SWAT team when Arnold-Johnson refused to cooperate, according to KATV.

“The situation continued to intensify and the decision was made not to escalate a non-violent situation, only to serve a non-violent warrant,” police said, the outlet reported. Arnold-Johnson was later arrested Oct. 28 and is being held at the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility, according to KATV.

Former prosecutor Cara Connors submitted a police report in Aug. 2021 while still in office regarding the series of Facebook posts she claimed Arnold-Johnson wrote, WREG reported. Connors alleged in the series of posts, Arnold-Johnson used words and emojis that seemingly accused her of improper conduct and insinuated threats against her, the outlet continued.

“Cara Boyd Connors played with me and my family sooooooooo it’s only RIGHT I pay her BACK!!!! I better not see her anywhere in public I just may plea INSANITY,” according to a September 2022 Facebook post allegedly authored by Arnold-Johnson, WREG reported.

Connors was later elected as a Judge on the Pulaski County Circuit Court.

“Earlier today, we were made aware that Diamond Arnold-Johnson was arrested by Little Rock Police. Everyone has the right to due process; however, our Party firmly believes people must be held accountable for any criminal behavior, especially candidates for public office,” the Democratic Party of Arkansas wrote in a statement following the arrest, according to KATV.

“The Democratic Party of Arkansas did not recruit her to run for Auditor of State, and we cannot bar her from running for this position. We remain focused on working for a better Arkansas and winning races across the state,” the statement continued, according to the outlet. (RELATED: Federal Court Smacks Down Effort To Nullify Arkansas’ Anti-BDS Law)

Arnold-Johnson is running against Libertarian Simeon Snow and Republican Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan. Balloted votes count until the accused is convicted, KATV-TV reported, citing the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office.