Burlington Police Department

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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.

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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.

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City Councilors in Vermont’s largest city considered two resolutions this week stemming from controversies over the Burlington Police Department.  One was crafted in response to use of force issues and the other forms a committee to review policing practices.  One resolution passed and the other failed.

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.

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The Vermont Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case brought by the ACLU seeking the release of body cam footage. The group argues that the Burlington Police Department is violating the state’s Public Records Act by requiring a fee to access the records.

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Two police officers in Vermont are accused of drinking beer that they confiscated from minors.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
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This week, the Department of Justice sent letters to 29 jurisdictions across the country asking them to prove they are complying with federal immigration law that requires information sharing.  Albany, NY, Lawrence, Massachusetts, the state of Vermont and the city of Burlington are among the jurisdictions that received letters.  Burlington Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger made the DOJ letter public.  He says the notice is concerning, but not surprising.

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The Burlington City Council recently approved a nearly $158,000 contract to purchase 110 body cameras for the Burlington City Police Department.  Deputy Chief of Police Jannine Wright says that although some officers have body cams, the new contract will outfit every officer and replace aging technology.

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Police in Burlington, Vermont say they're trying to better reflect the community's demographics with their most recent round of hires.

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Some police in Vermont are receiving training on how to de-escalate encounters with people who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

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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After a rigorous search, Burlington’s mayor has announced the appointment of a new police chief.  North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the Burlington Police Department as a veteran NYPD officer was named to lead the force in Vermont’s largest city.

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A Vermont prosecutor says no criminal charges will be filed against two Burlington police officers involved in the shooting death of shovel-wielding man with a long history of mental health issues.

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A Burlington deputy police chief who was charged with drunken driving has agreed to plead no contest to a reduced charge of negligent operation.