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'Fascist tactics': Attorney General Kaul issues statement on federal agents coming to Wisconsin

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Posted at 9:14 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 10:56:37-04

WISCONSIN — Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul issued a statement on the federal agents being deployed to Wisconsin, calling the action "fascist tactics."

The statement comes after Governor Tony Evers wrote a letter to President Trump criticizing the move.

Kaul took into account the call for federal agents, as well as the Trump administration's recent action against the coronavirus, and used the term "fascist tactics."

He wrote, "We have witnessed the President employing fascist tactics, including his demonization of immigrants, his attacks on communities with large minority populations and the elected representatives of those communities, the blatantly illegal use of force against protesters near the White House, and the deployment of secret federal police to Portland over the objections of state and local officials."

Kaul expressed his concerns, saying that federal agents were a short term stunt. He requested that other officials oppose the deployment as well, and wait for a solution that is more transparent and involves state and local authorities.

Even though he is opposed to the deployment of federal agents, Kaul said he and the department justice will work with
the authorities if there are transparency and collaboration. However, he will stand against them if he has any concerns.

"If the agents will be interfering with peaceful protests or attempting to build arrest statistics without a broader concern for improving public safety, I will be speaking out against their presence here, and I will take any appropriate legal action," Kaul wrote.

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