UVM professor Stephanie Sequino has repeatedly created so-called studies that are used to slander all Vermont police as racist. These ridiculous abuses of statistical analysis are a good example of how “social justice” ideology perverts truth to create agitation. This video uses a simple example to explain the Big Lie.
At a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Government Operations committees last Thursday, lawmakers heard Vermont’s public safety commissioner say current policing policies are sufficient to diffuse potential hostile situations between law enforcement officers and the public.
Taken together, three Vermont Senate bills would expel active-duty police from schools, limit suspensions of law-breaking students, and prevent off-duty cops and retired military from responding to a school shooting.
If Vermont police arrest out-of-state fentanyl dealers who are demographically quite distinct from Vermont, of course the incarceration rate of blacks will increase relative to the underlying white demographic — that is drug interdiction, not systemic racism.
The Burlington City Council on Monday night will consider a Public Safety Continuity Plan developed by Mayor Miro Weinberger. The plan places the blame for a looming shortfall in police coverage squarely on the “defund the police” vote held last June.
“By bringing together our public safety and enforcement functions under one agency, we will see better coordinated operations, including training and accountability, as well as a consistent culture of fair and impartial policing.”
Burlington is down from 29,000 calls to about 23,000 due to the pandemic. But the serious crime calls are up 6 percent, Murad said.
As the Burlington Police Department mulls cutting its night shift, leaving residents to seek out state police during late hours, the head of the Vermont Police Coalition says City Council was too hasty in its decision to cut police personnel earlier in the year.
In the wake of national protests calling to defund the police following the murder of George Floyd, Hinesburg will increase the town police budget, with the selectboard voting to hire another full-time police officer using town funds and a federal grant.
The Vermont Department of Public Safety wants public feedback on its plan to “modernize policing across Vermont” by centralizing under state control policies for diversity hiring, policies for use of force and body cameras, banning invasive surveillance, and more.
The Vermont State Police have begun wearing body cameras in day-to-day interactions with the public, as the technology is known to benefit both the public and officers while documenting physical altercations.
The order calls for requiring body cameras for state police and mandates training for police officers on bias, racial profiling and de-escalation tactics. It also calls for improving records on police misconduct and creates a new unit within the state Department of Justice.