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Racial Justice Advocate Resigns From Burlington Police Commission

Vermont Racial Justice Alliance Director Mark Hughes
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Vermont Racial Justice Alliance Director Mark Hughes

A racial justice advocate has resigned from the Burlington Police Commission.

The move came in the midst of multiple days of protests in the city calling for the firing of three police officers.

Mark Hughes wrote in his resignation letter Thursday that “The statutory authority, delegated powers and design of the commission render it ineffective.” He said the city attorney and police union contract “further limit any authority that the Commission would have to provide adequate oversight” and that he support the demands of the protesters.

The protesters are calling for the firing of the officers for use of force against two Black men, but Deputy Chief Matthew Sullivan has said prosecutors have already found they did nothing wrong.

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