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On Town Meeting Day March 2nd, Burlington, Vermont voters will select who they want to lead the city for the next three years. The candidates for mayor have participated in a series of debates focused on policing, public safety, housing and downtown development.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces new policing initiatives
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The mayor of Burlington, Vermont announced a series of initiatives Friday aimed at transforming policing in the city.

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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger held a COVID briefing Wednesday afternoon during which he presented information on several projects the city is working on. He didn’t mention protests that have been occurring in the downtown for over a week until questioned at the end of his presentations.

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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger appointed Jennifer Morrison the city’s interim police chief in January. But she is temporarily leaving the post because her husband must undergo a stem cell transplant in Boston.

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At the most recent Burlington City Council meeting (on Tuesday Feb 18th) the agenda included a report on community policing practices.

Mayor Miro Weinberger speaks at the annual Burlington Police Award Luncheon
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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger will name a new interim chief to head the Vermont city’s police force following the resignation of Chief Brandon del Pozo and the placement of the department’s deputy chief on administrative leave, over their social media usage.

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Burlington City Councilors spent more than an hour Monday night debating a resolution that expresses support for the city’s police department.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo
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The Burlington, Vermont Police Department has been criticized recently after some high-profile incidents.  This spring, two lawsuits were filed against the city claiming excessive force by police officers. In another incident, the March death of a man involved in an altercation with an officer was ruled a homicide by the state’s medical examiner.  During a May city council meeting a number of Burlington residents questioned police actions and the department’s transparency. This week, the police chief was up for reappointment — leading to some debate about whether the council should approve his 2020 tenure.

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Burlington, Vermont Police Chief Brandon del Pozo was questioned by city councilors Monday night about the department’s use of force policies.  The sometimes contentious session occurred after body cam video from two incidents last September was released and a man died following a third altercation with police in March.

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Burlington, Vermont City Councilors plan to introduce resolutions at their meeting next week calling for a review of the city police department’s use-of-force policy.  The move comes after two lawsuits claiming excessive force were filed and a man died following a third controversial incident.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo
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The Vermont Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont.  In an interview with WAMC Thursday, staff attorneys explained that the group is arguing that the Burlington Police Department has violated the state’s Public Records Act by requiring a city resident to pay a fee to access body cam video of an incident he witnessed. The ACLU claims government agencies are barred from charging for inspection of public records.  Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo had written a letter outlining fees that are authorized. He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley they also followed the ACLU’s body cam policy recommendations.

The office of Vermont's chief medical examiner has ruled the manner of death of a man found dead three days after he was hit in the head by a Burlington police officer was a homicide.

Senator Patrick Leahy speaks at the annual Burlington Police Award Luncheon
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Every year the Queen City Police Foundation and the Rotary Club of Burlington hold a luncheon to recognize and honor police officers and citizens of Burlington. Vermont Senior Senator Patrick Leahy was among the keynote speakers at this week’s event.

Burlington Police Department statement disagreeing with State's Attorney
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In late February, an argument outside a downtown bar in Burlington, Vermont led to a shooting that seriously injured a bystander. The Chittenden County State’s Attorney recently opted not to file charges against one of the men, prompting criticism from the city’s police chief and mayor.

A Burlington, Vermont man accused of killing his wife with a cleaver and critically injuring his mother-in-law hours after he sought a Vermont hospital mental health exam has pleaded not guilty.

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Vermont police are concerned about a Burlington-area park and a rise in confrontational incidents, and are ramping up outreach efforts to prevent any potential violence.

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This week, the Burlington City Council passed a Fair and Impartial Policing Policy that meets a state mandate, but avoids federal designation as a sanctuary city.

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Burlington's police chief says an officer has resigned in advance of a disciplinary hearing on a perjury allegation regarding statements he made about an October arrest for narcotics possession last fall.

 Police chiefs meet with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to discuss work on reducing the use of force in American policing.
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Burlington, Vermont Police Chief Brandon del Pozo was in Wisconsin on Monday. He and five other police chiefs from across the U.S. met with House Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss new training guidelines issued by the Police Executive Research Forum that are aimed at reducing the use of force.   Chief del Pozo explains that the Burlington department became involved after a fatal encounter in the city last year.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo
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Immediately following the mass killing of police officers in Dallas, Burlington, Vermont Police Chief Brandon del Pozo wrote impassioned comments on his personal Facebook page calling for “the cycles of violence and hate” to stop and for everyone to be a part of the solution.  The comments got national attention as the country once again grappled with a simmering debate over the role of police in our communities.

Del Pozo was hired as Burlington’s police chief last September.  He previously served in the New York City Police Department and during that time he spent two years as an Intelligence Officer for the NYPD in the Middle East.  He is an advocate of community policing and explains how the Burlington department is implementing President Obama’s 21st Century Policing recommendations.

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Burlington, Vermont’s police chief is suspending solo officer patrols in the wake of fatal sniper shootings of police in Dallas until the prospect of copycat attacks on other officers diminishes.

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An analysis by two college professors has shown racial disparities in the discretionary actions of Burlington police officers conducting traffic stops.

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Authorities took a woman in a stolen vehicle into custody after a series of hit-and-run crashes and a car chase in Burlington.

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Police officials say Burlington officers did not discharge their weapons during a fatal drug bust that ended with the shooting death of the 56-year-old suspect, but they did take part in the raid.

A Burlington, Vermont police officer has been arrested on a domestic assault charge after an alleged victim described multiple incidents of abuse. 

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A veteran with the New York City Police Department is set to become Burlington Vermont’s new police chief.

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Burlington police say an officer was following his training when he struck a subject laying on the ground multiple times in an attempt to free the man's hands so he could be taken into custody.