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UPDATE: Waterloo City Council member denies threatening another member

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UPDATE: After allegations were made accusing Waterloo City Councilwoman Margaret Klein of making threatening comments towards Councilman Pat Morrissey, Klein released the following statement.

"It’s unfortunate that we now live in a country where due process of law and equal protection under the law have been replaced with a person being immediately found guilty based on the claims of one or two people. Over the weekend and again last night I was accused of making threatening comments by two well-known political activists in our community. 

"Let me be perfectly clear: These allegations are FALSE and a continued attempt to insult my character." - Waterloo City Councilwoman Margaret Klein.

A local community activist, Logun Buckley was the one to bring the claims forward at Monday's city council meeting. Buckley stated he overheard Klein say, "If I was in a dark room with Pat Morrissey, with a knife, I would stab him."

Buckley released a statement in response to Klein's statement which called the accusations false.

"Margaret Klein has changed her story from "out of context" to "false."  - Logun Buckley

Buckley goes on to say:

"Margaret Klein changed her story after being confronted at Monday night's city council meeting." - Logun Buckley

Buckley forwarded to KWWL an email chain between Klein and a constituent that took place on Saturday, June 30th.

Ms. Kliein,
 I have emailed you before seeking help for the legal enforcement of fireworks. I found out first encounter to be pleasant. However, I've been watching your actions & votes on the Waterloo City Council. I was told that a very good friend of mine who heard you threaten a fellow City Council member in a indirect conversation. This is completely unacceptable in any situation! Mr. Morrisey is also a friend & to say that you would stab him is very, very disturbing! 

I shudder to think what you're children or grandchildren would think if they heard you talk about in this manner in ANY setting. You should be ashamed. I am calling for you to step down from the Waterloo City Council immediately. 

Please do the right thing and step down with grace. 

Sherry Kiskunas

Klein responded to Sherry Kiskunas:

Sherry, I appreciate your thoughts and input.

Things taken out of context are seldom as they seem.

Margaret Klein 
Waterloo Councilwoman for Ward 1 
319-429-1907

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An investigation is underway in Waterloo after reports that violent comments were allegedly made by one councilperson about another council member.

According to another local politician and his fiance, Councilwoman Margaret Klein allegedly made threatening comments toward Councilman Pat Morrissey.

"If I was in a dark room with Pat Morrissey, with a knife, I would stab him."

That is what community activist, Logun Buckley, says he heard Waterloo City Councilwoman Margaret Klein tell a man during an estate auction in Waterloo on Saturday.

Tuesday morning Klein issued a statement regarding the allegations that were brought against her. 

"It’s unfortunate that we now live in a country where due process of law and equal protection under the law have been replaced with a person being immediately found guilty based on the claims of one or two people," said Klein. "Over the weekend and again last night I was accused of making threatening comments by two well-known political activists in our community. Let me be perfectly clear: These allegations are false and a continued attempt to insult my character." 

Buckley's fiance, Black Hawk County Supervisor Chris Schwartz, says he was also at the auction. Both Buckley and Schwartz addressed the council on Monday.

"I am here to support Logun and let you know that, I would put everything on the line to verify that this is exactly what was said," said Schwartz.

During Buckley and Schwartz public accusations, Councilwoman Klein didn't react, nor did Councilman Pat Morrissey.

Morrissey's daughter addressed the council.

"We have seen how dangerous rhetoric by elected officials can incite violence towards others. I need to know that is not going to happen to my father, and I need to know what is going to be done," said Morrissey's daughter, Kaitlin Kapple.

While Kapple was speaking, at least one person in the crowd heckled her.

"That is inappropriate," responded Kapple.

"Look who is talking," said a person in the crowd.

Mayor Quentin Hart says Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka and the city's attorney have launched an investigation into the claims.

The rest of the meeting's business was conducted calmly and professionally.

Councilman Morrissey spoke to KWWL after the meeting.

"I don't believe that they are allegations. I believe that it happened. Especially when we have people who say they will testify under oath to what was said. I hope Chief Trelka does do the investigation, and I hope that there are consequences. I believe that Margaret Klein should resign. She is not fit for public office," said Morrissey.

Councilwoman Klein left quickly following the meeting but did speak with KWWL on the phone.

Klein says she has never threatened anyone in her life.  She says she was speaking with a group of friends at the auction, who were teasing her about the city council business.  She says that is when Logun Buckley started shouting at her about the alleged violent comment, but Klein says no threats were made. 

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