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Michigan AG responds to Barry County sheriff's comments on alleged kidnapping plot

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Posted at 4:51 PM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 16:51:52-04

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel reacted Friday on Twitter to comments Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf made to Fox 17 about the alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer.

Nessel denounced Leaf’s comments questioning whether it was a kidnapping attempt or “just an arrest.” Leaf continued on to say that a lot of people are angry with Whitmer and want her arrested.

“As Michigan’s top law enforcement official, let me make this abundantly clear – persons who are not sworn, licensed members of a law enforcement agency cannot and should not ‘arrest’ government officials with whom they have disagreements,” Nessel said in a tweet. “These comments are dangerous.”

Leaf was seen on stage with one of the men charged in connection to the plot at a rally in protest of Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders back in May.

Nessel’s tweet and Leaf’s comments to Fox 17 have generated much discussion, trending online.