Vermont's Largest City Denies Police Abuse Accusations

Jul 11, 2019

Vermont's largest city has denied accusations in two federal lawsuits that police officers used excessive force in separate episodes outside Burlington bars in September 2018.

In one lawsuit filed in May, a man says an officer shoved him with both hands without announcing his presence. The man fell backward, hit his head on a wall and was knocked out, the lawsuit states. In the second lawsuit, a man accuses another officer of slamming him to the ground, knocking him unconscious, without first announcing himself or issuing any instructions. Police body cameras captured both encounters.

A lawyer for the city, its police chief and officers involved filed a response on Monday, denying that the officers used excessive force.

The suits seek unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Prosecutors have dropped all charges against the men suing.

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