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Complaint Filed Against Michigan Prosecutor Who Refused to Charge Rioters

March 21, 2012 Senate session.

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Charges were filed against  Ingham County Interim Prosecuting Attorney Gretchen Whitmer, with  Michigan’s Attorney Grievance Commission, by businessman and civil rights activist Kim Thompson.

A press release sent to Breitbart reads:

“The Complaint alleges that Whitmer steered prosecutorial and police action away from alleged lawbreakers whose politically motivated actions she supports, and against a visiting public speaker whose political views she disagrees with,” a press release emailed to Breitbart Tech stated. “The complaint alleges an apparent abuse of the office of the Ingham County Prosecutor to stifle free speech in Ingham County.”

“The complaint stems from press reports of Whitmer’s handling of potential criminal charges stemming from unruly protests at a free speech event sponsored by a Michigan State University student group,” it continued, referencing the left-wing extremist group BAMN which protested MILO’s show.

“After some of the protestors refused to obey repeated police commands, several protestors were arrested by the MSU Police. Press reports indicate that the MSU police asked the prosecutor to file charges of obstruction and resisting arrest against two or more of the arrestees,” the statement explained. “According to a news reports, Whitmer refused the request, citing a lack of evidence. She then allegedly called on the MSU Police to instead investigate the invited speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, to determine if criminal charges could be brought against him instead of against the persons actually arrested.”

Whitmer said:

“We may accept that Donald Trump will be sworn in as president, but we refuse to accept everything that could follow. We are going to stand up and fight every time he attacks a community of color or a religious community. We are going to fight every time he attacks public education, or women’s health care, or worker’s rights, among a litany of other things. This is just the beginning.”

Kim Thompson explains why charges were filed:

“When protestors motivated by anti-Trump sentiment were arrested, given Ms. Whitmer’s recent participations in anti-Trump protests, she should have recused herself,” said Kim Thompson, who has filed the complaint, in his press release. “The fact that police requests for charges against those arrested at the protest were reportedly refused by Ms. Whitmer raises questions regarding motivation and conflicts of interest.”

“Ms. Whitmer’s request, as reported in the press, that the police investigate the very speaker who was being protested is unsettling,” he continued. “This suggests to me, at least, that the prosecutor’s personal political views and biases may be a determining factor as to who is charged with a crime and who is investigated for crimes in this county. Her actions and failure to recuse herself create a public perception that governmental power may be directed against persons whose speech the prosecutor disagrees with.”

“Whatever our personal political views, it is our duty as citizens to demand answers and to demand an open inquiry as to why the prosecutor would ask that police resources be used to investigate the speaker,” concluded Thompson. “Nothing is more dangerous to our liberty and democracy than a prosecutor who may be willing to use police power to investigate and prosecute people with whom she politically or philosophically disagrees.”

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