Letter: Sorrell Owes Us an Explanation

To the Editor:

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell recently ruled that Trooper David Shaffer was justified in his use of a Taser on Macadam Mason of Thetford, causing his death last year. How he could have come to this ruling is beyond me. As I understand it, Mason suffered from mental health issues and was unarmed. The incident ignited a firestorm of concerns and commentary regarding the indiscriminate use of Tasers in the past few years. To all appearances, his ruling is another example, one of many over the years, of how law enforcement officials cover up for each other, even going as high as the office of Vermont attorney general.

I have emailed Sorrell expressing my anger and frustration with his decision. Although he has no obligation to explain his ruling, my feeling is that he owes an explanation to the voters of Vermont. As for myself, I voted for him in the last election and have told him how much I regret having done that.

Lorraine Zigman

Perkinsville

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Montpelier — A State Police trooper did not break the law when he fired a stun gun that caused the death of an unarmed Thetford man, state Attorney General William Sorrell said yesterday. Hours later, the surviving family of Macadam Mason announced they planned to file a lawsuit accusing the State Police of using excessive force and causing an unlawful …