AG: Lawmaker was victim of racial harassment; no charges
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general’s office says a former Vermont legislator who resigned after receiving racial threats was “the victim of racial harassment” but says no charges will be filed because of free speech protections.
Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced Monday his office has completed its investigation and launched a new statewide reporting system for bias incidents. He says, “We have an obligation to speak up as a community against racism and hate.”
Kiah Morris was Vermont’s only black female legislator when elected. She says racist threats and harassment followed until she quit last year.
A man who harassed her online, who said he is a white nationalist, showed up at the press conference to boos and angry protests. Some in the crowd held up their coats to shield him from view.
This story has been corrected to show that Morris was Vermont’s only black female legislator when elected, not the first black female legislator.