Minnesota Statute 609.713 defines a “Terroristic Threat” as threatening violence with the purpose to terrorize another person. After Mitchel Pieper of Burnsville, MN, tried to run over a bicyclist with his pickup truck and then came at the cyclist with an ax, Peiper was charged with making “terroristic threats” (a felony) against the cyclist.
What’s your opinion? Props to the Dakota County Attorney for getting serious about assault? Or is this felony charge an example of cheapening the word “terrorism,” as security expert Bruce Schneier believes?