Niviane Petit Phelps, 39, of Miami Gardens, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States has been arrested. She was charged with making threats against the vice president.
Since 2001, Phelps has been working as a nurse for Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida. She is a licensed practical nurse at the Ambulatory Care Center West at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, which suspended her without pay after her arrest.
Phelps is a mother of three. She is married to Joseph J. Phelps, 44, a prisoner at the Wakulla Correctional Institution in Crawfordville, Wakulla County, Florida.
Joseph was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted robbery with a firearm. He was accused of fatally shooting Louinas Lucas, a grocery store owner in Miami, in 1996.
Through JPay, a computer application that enables families to connect with prisoners, Niviane sent five videos to Joseph in February 2021, the same month she applied for a concealed weapons permit. In the videos, she is seen complaining and speaking angrily about her hatred towards 46th U.S. president Joe Biden, 78, and 49th U.S. vice president Kamala Harris, 56.
“Kamala Harris, you are going to die,” Niviane allegedly said in one of the videos. “Your days are numbered already. Someone paid me $53,000 just to f— you up and I’m gonna take the, I’m gonna do the job, okay.”
Niviane is accused of mentioning a shooting range in another video. She allegedly said, “I’m going to the gun range, just for your ass, until you f—-n’ leave the chair.”
Harris was born in Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA to Jamaican-American father Donald J. Harris and Indian-American mother Shyamala Gopalan. Kamala is the wife of Doug Emhoff and the stepmother of his children Cole Emhoff and Ella Emhoff.
Kamala is the first ever black U.S. vice president and the first woman to hold the second highest position in the U.S. government. Niviane is reportedly angry because the vice president “isn’t actually black.”
On April 15, 2021, a Miami federal magistrate judge detained Niviane, Miami Herald reported. Her defense attorney Scott Saul told the publication that the videos in question were intended as private conversation with her husband.
“It appears as though personal issues in her life, along with the volatile political landscape perpetuated by some, brought some frustrations out of her,” Saul said of Niviane. “I do not think that there was ever a realistic or imminent threat upon Vice President Kamala Harris.”