The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported that police had arrested a 42-year-old Oakland man for stalking and harassing Kamala Harris, the S.F. district attorney running for state attorney general. What that story didn't go into detail about was the disturbing nature of the threats, which are described in an SFPD search warrant unearthed by SF Weekly.
On Feb. 11, David Bavineau allegedly left a series of phone messages for Harris at her campaign office about how he will find a way to kill her "through the American justice system." He said he would "fucking kill [Harris] through the electric chair." "I am definitely going to get you on the death penalty," he allegedly told Harris, an opponent of capital punishment.
Bavineau, who was arrested and charged with criminal threats and threatening a public official, is apparently upset at Harris for having brought him into the justice system, according to the search warrant. He is also on felony probation in San Francisco for another stalking case in 2006, and has prior arrests for burglary, terrorist threats, property crimes, and disobeying court orders.
According to the warrant filed on Feb. 13, "Harris said she was concerned and fearful for her safety. ... She would like us to take precautionary steps to prevent the threats against her life."
In at least one of the messages, Bavineau's voice was increasingly "filled with rage" and it sounded like he was hitting unknown objects. In another, he made racial slurs and accused Harris of preventing him from having children.
Some other choice statements:
"You are stalking me and you are a sexual predator."
"I am definitely killing your mother-fucking ass so fucking much."
"I am going to kill you, you fucking cunt with the fucked system."
"You better watch your fucking step, fucking with some fucking Americans."
"I definitely need you dead and nothing can talk me out of it. ... I will spend $60 million to get it done."
"You are not supposed to be in my life anyway, and you have killed my kids, because I cannot have kids."
"I definitely want you dead, Kamala D. Harris, more than anything in the world today."
"I want you out of my life. I'm going to kill you through the American justice system."
Bavineau, who entered a plea of not guilty on Feb. 18, is being held on $505,000 bail, according to D.A. spokesman Brian Buckelew; because of the obvious conflict of interest, the case has been transferred to the attorney general's office. Calls to Bavineau's attorney, Susan Kaplan, were unreturned at press time. (Bavineau has asked the court to remove her from the case.)
It apparently wasn't difficult for police to figure out who was threatening Harris: Bavineau reportedly left his name, phone number, and the identity of his probation officer in his messages for her.