VT: A task force of FBI and local police terrorized (really) a top legislative aide over a pending bill in front of the state legislature that would restrict the use of tear gas by police against demonstrators.
This is nutso https://t.co/GZ1XVJfBt3— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 4, 2021
We now have proof that even Zoom calls by elected officials, as part of their legislative duties, are monitored by police who are prepared to physically threaten our officials.
TWO OFFICERS WITH an FBI task force showed up at the home of a Michigan state senator’s chief of staff and aggressively questioned her about a draft bill she had discussed on a private legislative Zoom call. The bill would limit the use of tear gas by police against protesters.
Once I told the FBI who I worked for & that this conversation was a staff meeting where we discussed potential confidential legislation involving banning the use of tear gas, the interview should have been over. It wasn’t. They continued to question me about the legislation. https://t.co/r18NINhykz— Katie “Mask Up” Reiter (@ktereiter) January 6, 2021
The incident happened in Southfield, a suburb north of Detroit, on October 29, days before the presidential election and less than a month after the FBI had foiled a terror plot by far-right violent extremists to kidnap Michigan’s Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and seize control of the Capitol building.
Thank you Rep! This is very true. https://t.co/GIhIqOy4ef— Katie “Mask Up” Reiter (@ktereiter) January 5, 2021
The men, an FBI special agent and a local police officer assigned to the task force, knocked on the door of Katie Reiter, chief of staff to state Sen. Rosemary Bayer, a Democrat. They told her that they had received a “report” about an online conversation she had participated in from her home 10 days earlier, in which she had discussed “the use of tear gas during the election,” Reiter told The Intercept.
Yep – FBI came pounding on my door just before the election. Can’t say I enjoyed that. https://t.co/voYzj4JuZn— Katie “Mask Up” Reiter (@ktereiter) January 4, 2021