Earlier today I sent the following email to T.J. Donovan:
At the direction of President Trump, unidentifiable federal agents have been snatching protesters off the streets of Portland, Oregon, forcing them into unmarked vans. The president threatens to order the same in other cities. These actions not only violate our constitutional right of free speech, they constitute illegal kidnapping. Philadelphia's District Attorney declared, “Anyone, including federal law enforcement, who unlawfully assaults and kidnaps people will face criminal charges from my office.”
As Vermont's chief law enforcement officer, I call upon you to publicly echo the Philadelphia D.A.'s declaration on behalf of the people of the State of Vermont. If you do so, thank you; I hope you will encourage other state attorneys general to do the same. If you decline to do so, I would appreciate receiving an articulation of your thinking. I look forward to your response.
I would welcome the thoughts of other Vermonters on this topic via letters to the editor. Meanwhile, I'll be joining the 9:30 a.m. Aug. 1 protest on the State House lawn.