'Clown Lives Matter' peace walk canceled after death threats
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The organizer of an upcoming "Clown Lives Matter" peace walk has canceled the event, citing multiple death threats.
Nikki Sinn posted the announcement to one of her Facebook pages.
The Facebook event itself has been deleted.
The pro-clown event was meant to show that "clowns are not psycho killers," and quickly made national headlines.
The idea came about after creepy clown sightings were reported in multiple states around the country. Some of these clowns have reportedly chased cars, made threats, or attempted to lure children into wooded areas.
The creepy clown hysteria has gotten so widespread, there's a Twitter account dedicated to sightings.
Sinn immediately faced backlash over the name of the event, as some felt it took away from the "Black Lives Matter" movement.
A spokesman of the Arizona Black Lives Matter campaign told The Arizona Republic he felt the title was insensitive to the cause and "takes away the focus of a serious issue in this country."
Sinn said that was not her intention.
"I do not want to offend anyone with the name," she said. "I have had a lot of backlash and it's sad because it was honestly harmless and what I thought, positive."
The walk was scheduled to take place on Fourth Avenue on Saturday, Oct. 15.
The Tucson Police Department was aware of the event, and was planning to have officers patrolling on foot in the area.
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