Tea terror in Iowa : Democratic state rep receives racially charged threat with white powder
"DES MOINES — The FBI and Iowa State Patrol are reviewing video shot in and around the Capitol as part of their investigation into a death threat made to a legislator from Des Moines earlier this week.
Security personnel and lawmakers agree the situation that led to a nearly four-hour lockdown at the Iowa Capitol on Tuesday could have been handled better.
Michael Dekota McRae, a clerk for Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, D-Des Moines, opened an envelope containing a racially charged letter and white powder Tuesday afternoon. Hours later, a hazardous materials team determined that the powder, which smelled like laundry detergent, was not dangerous. Further tests are being conducted, but Logsdon said the investigation has not yielded a suspect."