BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced on Tuesday that he and several other mayors have signed onto a letter to Attorney General William Barr, expressing concern about federal forces being deployed to American cities.
The letter said that the “unilateral deployment of these forces into American cities is unprecedented and violates fundamental constitutional protections and tenets of federalism.”
President Donald Trump has sent federal forces to Portland in an effort to deal with protesters there.
“In Portland, federal forces have used significant force against protesters on a nightly basis, including shooting an individual in the head with a munition, reportedly fracturing his skull,” the letter said. “Others ‘snatched’ an individual from the street without proper identification and placed him in an unmarked vehicle. These are tactics we expect from authoritarian regimes — not our democracy.”
The president also plans on deploying federal agents to Chicago. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has also signed onto the letter.
In a separate letter to Congress, the mayors expressed “concern and objection to the use of federal forces in U.S. cities.”
The letter said that this “abuse of power cannot continue.”
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