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.
The Vermont Legislature is planning “the next wave of criminal justice and corrections reforms,” Rep. Sara Coffey, D-Vernon, said in her June 5 column in The Commons, a Windham County weekly newspaper.
“I have consistently stood with law enforcement, families of crime victims, and advocates for justice in opposing a repeal of the death penalty because it is the right thing to do. I am incredibly disappointed that the Senate chose to override my veto,” Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said.
The idea of government surveillance of citizens was of great importance to the founders of America, which is why we continue to embrace numerous constitutional protections of privacy.
A Charlotte, North Carolina, woman has been sentenced to four months in prison for her role in an alien smuggling ring that runs from the Canadian border down to New York City.