This past weekend Burlington experienced more gun-related incidents than the city would typically expect in a year. The incidents come as city councilors and the mayor continue to battle over how many police officers are needed on the force to protect local residents.
S.254, an act relating to recovering damages for Article II violations by law enforcement and a report on qualified immunity, passed in the State House of Representatives on April 15, 2022, by a vote of 95-40.
According to the FBI’s crime data from 2011 to 2020 (the most recent data available), African Americans bear an increasingly large share of the harm from crime. African American offenders, meanwhile, are committing an increasingly large share of violent crimes.
Windham County Sheriff Mark Anderson said Wednesday that if police are stripped of current legal protections against civil rights lawsuits, he will stop providing law enforcement services for 14 towns in his county.
Gallup polling found that 53% of surveyed Americans worry a “great deal” about crime, the highest level since 2016. The poll found an additional 27% of Americans are worried a “fair amount” about crime, with women, Republicans, and city residents among the most concerned.
S.254, an act relating to recovering damages for Article II violations by law enforcement and a report on qualified immunity, passed in the State Senate on March 24, 2022, by a vote of 19-11.
“Even as crime rises, some politicians continue to demonize and belittle law enforcement rather than support and stand by those who put their lives on the line every day.”
Short-staffed with an increase in serious “priority 1” calls for the year, police in Burlington had another busy weekend, this time responding to a double shooting at the Marketplace Parking Garage around 2 a.m. on Saturday.
Vermont is being flooded with out-of-state criminal actors who sell drugs and commit crimes, but progressive liars have racialized everything to undermine police and help criminals inflict crimes, recklessly placing both police officers and Vermonters at increasing risk.
Over the past two years Democrats in Montpelier and Washington have taken the approach that they can reduce crime by making fewer things a crime!
A bill stripping police of protections against civil rights lawsuits isn’t needed and would worsen Vermont’s already critical shortage of law-enforcement workers, Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Michael Shirling told the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 9.
Progressives on Burlington City Council blocked the confirmation of Jon Murad as the city’s police chief Monday night despite support by half of city councilors, the city’s police union and Mayor Miro Weinberger.