Larry Krasner, the District Attorney of Philadelphia, has promised to arrest any federal agents who assault or “kidnap” protesters in Philadelphia, according to Law & Crime.
- Videos have emerged of protesters being taken away in unmarked vans in Portland by federal agents working under the direction of Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf.
- The videos have sparked outrage regarding the infringement of civil liberties and constitutionality of such actions. Authorities like veteran national security attorney Kel McClanahan have gone as far as calling the suspicious detentions as “kidnappings.”
- President Trump threatened on Monday to send federal agents to Philadelphia as well.
- Krasner spoke out against the detentions, also sticking with the kidnapping narrative. He said in a statement:
“My dad volunteered and served in World War II to fight fascism, like most of my uncles, so we would not have an American president brutalizing and kidnapping Americans for exercising their constitutional rights and trying to make America a better place, which is what patriots do.”
- He went on to promise legal action against perpetrators if such action took place in Philadelphia:
“Anyone, including federal law enforcement, who unlawfully assaults and kidnaps people will face criminal charges from my office. At trial, they will face a Philadelphia jury. It’s the least we can do to honor those who fought fascism, including those who are fighting it even now.”
- Law & Crime noted that "The prospect of federal officers being arrested by local police for following orders would be unprecedented, and it is not clear if the Philadelphia Police Department would cooperate with such requests."