The study had been suggested in the wake of former Rep. Kiah Morris’ decision last year to end her re-election campaign, when she and others were critical of the department for not making any arrests concerning her complaints of racially motivated harassment and threats.
Sen. Bernie Sanders has been perhaps the candidate most critical of the practice as he has called for the closure of private prisons since 2015 when he introduced his “Justice Is Not For Sale” Act.
Federal arrests of non-citizens has increased exponentially over the past two decades, and account for the majority of all federal arrests, data released by the Justice Department revealed.
A Burlington city councilor suggested at a recent city council meeting that Burlington police not carry guns while on routine patrol and in the performance of other routine duties.
The latest release of police body camera footage appears to benefit the officer who got into a physical confrontation with a local man who died days later.
In the last episode of our three-part interview, Vergennes Chief of Police George Merkel explores the consequences that policy proposals like marijuana commercialization and safe injection sites are likely to have on local law enforcement overwhelmed with the opioid addiction and crime crisis.
While a new committee is being formed to review policies in response to accusations of police brutality, statistics from the Burlington Police Department show that very few police interactions involve a use of force, and only a handful of those require a review.
The chair of the Burlington Police Commission who will appoint two commissioners to a new committee on policing practices hasn’t ruled out any of the three African Americans put on the police commission earlier this week by city councilors.
As accusations of police brutality continue to grip the city, one Progressive city councilor says existing police policy is mostly solid as is, but he still supports a review by a special committee.
With Bennington close to hiring a consultant to review Bennington Police Department policies and practices, some residents are calling for greater transparency and the creation of a police oversight board.
“Not only is the state incapable of keeping drugs out of its prisons, it is incapable of adequately maintaining its own prison infrastructure” Greenhut concludes.