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Man Threatened to Kill U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, Prosecutors Say

 Renard Cantrell, 55, (r.) was charged with threatening U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (l.).
Renard Cantrell, 55, (r.) was charged with threatening U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (l.).
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A North Lawndale man was arrested this week after he shouted expletives outside U.S. Rep. Danny Davis' Chicago office, threatening to "kill that n----," prosecutors said.

The congressman was in Washington D.C. at the time, a staffer confirmed Thursday.

Renard Cantrell, 55, was charged with threatening a public official. He allegedly went to Davis' office at 2746 W. Madison St. on Tuesday morning and shouted "Where's Davis? Where's that n----? I'm gonna kill that n----," according to an arrest report.

Cantrell eventually left, but returned later that day, when he was detained by Davis' staffers until police could arrive, Assistant State's Attorney Erin Antonietti said during a bond hearing Thursday.

According to prosecutors, Cantrell told police he threatened Davis because he believes Davis and an alderman are responsible for a past arrest. It's unclear which alderman Cantrell was speaking about or whether Cantrell was referring to a specific arrest.

Davis wasn't immediately available for comment.

Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. ordered Cantrell, of the 1100 block of South Mozart Street, held in lieu of $250,000. The judge recommended electronic monitoring for Cantrell if he posts bond.

"I'm no longer a liberal Democrat, so I like Danny Davis," Bourgeois said.

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