To the Editor: I am outraged and disgusted by the statements Vermont State Police Sgt. Lucas Hall posted to his Facebook account in support of the insurgents who stormed the U.S. Capitol building last week.
In condoning the “great Patriots” in Washington, D.C., as he referred to the rioters in his Facebook post, Hall voices his support for the racists, neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, and conspiracy theorists among them. To Hall, these individuals who peddle in the basest and most vile forms of hate are, apparently, “great Patriots.”
In a comment on his post, he wrote, "We are beginning to see good, law-abiding citizens stand against a corrupted Government."
Were they “good, law-abiding citizens” when they killed one police officer, beat other officers with pipes, and dragged another down the steps of the Capitol, kicked and punched him while he was on the ground, and beat him senseless with an American flag?
Were they “good, law-abiding citizens” when they set up a gallows and shouted, “Hang Mike Pence!”?
Were they "good, law-abiding citizens" when they broke into the Capitol?
Were they “good, law-abiding citizens” bearing semi-automatic weapons and explosives?
Were they “good, law-abiding citizens” armed with zip ties and body armor?
Were they “good, law-abiding citizens” when they stole federal property, including confidential laptops and documents, and destroyed — among other things — a memorial to Civil Rights leader John Lewis?
The list of examples of egregious, sickening, and lawless behavior goes on and on. That Hall supports this behavior as a police officer is beyond alarming. This is not a free speech issue. This is an issue of public safety and trust. Can we trust that Hall, with his political beliefs, would protect the state capitol on Inauguration Day, or would he use his position or power and privilege to aid and abet domestic terrorists intent on subverting American democracy? I know I am not alone in saying that I do not feel safe with him on the Vermont police force.
I can only hope that Hall’s statements in support of the rioters were made in ignorance, without realizing the scope of the violence taking place in Washington, D.C. and the threat it poses to our individual and national security.
I can only hope that he now realizes the seriousness and implications of the statement he made as a sitting police officer on Facebook.
I can only hope that he feels the deepest regret and remorse, not over the threat of job loss, but for making such ignorant, misguided and hurtful statements, and for aligning himself with a violent, hateful mob.
I can only hope that he will do everything in his power to learn from this experience and right this wrong. A sincere apology to the community would be a good place to start.