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Re: “Prosecutors to Drop 14 Cases After Burlington Cop 'Lied' About Stop

This illustrates how important body cameras are to protect people from unscrupulous police tactics. Chief del Pozo illustrates the culture of secrecy he has cultivated in his department by refusing to discipline the officer who didn't report that incriminating conversation, and by putting police "privacy" ahead of public safety. In this case if he hadn't been inept in turning his camera off, the lying officer would have had a nice "private" conversation about falsifying testimony and his crimes would have gone unchallenged.
It is a mistake to claim that on duty cops have "privacy" as they are acting as public representatives, and therefore must be subject to public scrutiny. Any less and we are building a Soviet style police state.
Also, the fact that any charges have yet to be filed in this open and shut case of criminal perjury shows that the state's attorneys aren't in a position to enforce police ethics: even when faced with direct evidence prosecutors have a hard time charging folks they worked with; plus, accusing a cop of dishonesty potentially un-does a lot of work and puts criminals on the street...
This inherent conflict of interest is why we need transparent, independent, civilian based oversight of law enforcement outside the AG's office.
Chief del Pozo and the AG need to act aggressively to restore public trust, which has been harmed both by this cops actions, and also the chief's lack thereof.

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Posted by BenEastwood on 02/23/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Outta Town: Vermont's Congressional Delegation Spends Recess Far From Home

Mr.Walters in America we pay respect to the rank not the man. Have some respect when referring to your president.

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Posted by citizen on 02/23/2017 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Unlikely Allies Seek to Make Vermont's Milk the Cream of the Industry

These guys are a little late to the game on this. I started a farmer owned milk company and a brand of fluid milk called Vermont Family Farms back in the 1990s. The State of Vermont and the coops did everything they could to put us out of business because we dared to stand up to the dairy establishment and market a premium, BST free milk produced exclusively by sustainable Vermont dairy farms. Our farmer owners had tough standards for milk quality and land and animal care and they were paid substantially more for their milk. Annual sales of our milk had surpassed $1,000,000 dollars by 2000 when the farmer owners decided to sell the brand of milk which was eventually purchased and driven into the ground by HP Hood.

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Posted by Steven A Judge on 02/23/2017 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Burlington Cop Resigns After Perjury Allegation in Drug Case

Under del Pozo's leadership:
-orders body cams turned off at a standoff in Colchester
-murders petty drug dealer Kenny Stephans and 76 year old mentally distressed Phil Grenon
-botches the handling of the dissemination of KKK and anti-Semitic fliers around town
-strong arms the closing of Zen Lounge over hip-hop acts
-arrests two people for wearing Anonymous masks
-fails to warn the women of Burlington after an alleged rape in a downtown courthouse bathroom
-his dept cited for disproportionate stopping and searching of people of color
-add now his officers engaged in bogus police stops followed by phony pretext to search followed by perjured affidavits

How much longer is Burlington going to tolerate his crimes, professional malpractice and incompetence?
Call your city councilor. Demand his resignation now!

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Albert Petrarca on 02/23/2017 at 1:39 PM

Re: “'Three-Ring Circus:' Vermont House Election Recount Halted

I, too, am critical of the Legislature's priorities, but why does A. Smith have to turn every conversation, no matter what the subject, into an opportunity to express her single-minded hatred of wind power and the Public Service Board?

We've heard this all before!!! Ten billion times!!! The same thing on every thread, on every blog!!!

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 02/23/2017 at 1:33 PM

Re: “New Vermont House Bill Would Legalize, Tax Marijuana Sales

Massachusetts and Maine sure hope Vermont continues with a non-productive bureaucracy on this subject. Seven Days shows where they stand by referring to marijuana as a "drug." Most Vermonters don't love having to deal with REAL DRUG DEALERS in order to purchase a substance as harmless as marijuana. Many in Vermont will support our MA & ME neighbor's economy if this bill does not pass. Not legalizing pot in Vermont does nothing but cost us more money when we could be helping to balance our budget. Prohibition has not worked in the pass and it won't work in the future. We continue to be behind the curve on this subject.

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Posted by MAXIVT on 02/23/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “After Fighting for Refugees, Louras Battles to Remain Rutland's Mayor

Hopefully, some of his opposition candidates will do things above the table instead of under it such as the Mayor did with the refugee issue.

Posted by ezduzit on 02/23/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Burlington Cop Resigns After Perjury Allegation in Drug Case

"Lopez previously worked for the Baltimore Police Department." Well that explains a lot.

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Posted by Ryan on 02/23/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Unlikely Allies Seek to Make Vermont's Milk the Cream of the Industry

The comments Secretary Allbee states as causing a need for change are no different than they have been for decades. His points could have been made more than once in each of the last four decades. Both conventional and organic dairy farmers have their struggles and yet both survive. There are fewer farms as counted by the government but the land being farmed, number of cows milked, etc have changed little if any. Most farms are consolidated. Instead of each family member buying their own farm they are joining together. This has made a huge difference in management styles and vacation opportunities. Having many owner/operators on a single farm can be a struggle but it does allow each to focus on their strengths instead of having to be a jack of all trades. Some owners are better at human resources, some crops and some might be more mechanically inclined. There is not a lack of young people looking to dairy as their future with passion and enthusiasm, my son being one of them.

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Posted by Margaret Huessy Laggis on 02/23/2017 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Vermont's Right Thinks Scott is Wrong on Trump

The implications to Vermont's economy from Trump's policies are dire. What happens to Vermont's farms when migrant workers who are working in the shadows are rounded up and deported? What happens to Vermont's travel industry when Trump's travel ban has already caused foreign tourism from countries all over the world to the US to drop devastatingly in just four weeks? Brace yourselves for the Trump Slump, folks.

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Posted by amajanne on 02/23/2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “7 Places to Swim That Are Not Lake Champlain

The Matters have only worsened The Lake George and Lake Champlain Water Shed is an EVEN BIGGER MESS. Seems that Campaign Donations from the CorpORats and Their Banksters allow the SLOBS to make an even BIGGER MESS ...... A Racketeering Suit for 5 BILLION in Clean Up has been forwarded to the US Attorney in New York City and the US ARMY , NOAA and Vermont and New York's ENVIRONMENTAL CONservation Departments are ON NOTICE. https://theadirondacksconspiracy.wordpress… see especially https://theadirondacksconspiracy.wordpress…

Posted by Isacc Witham on 02/23/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Burlington Cop Resigns After Perjury Allegation in Drug Case

This is standard operating procedure for the police. Back when I was a college student/bartender paying for school I'd regularly be on the roads late driving home. I'd also get pulled over regularly and told such things as "you threw a cigarette out the window" (I don't smoke), "I smell alcohol" (never failed a breath test), "I smell marijuana" (I have had my car searched as a result). I have to imagine they find things more often than not as a result of these tactics.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 02/23/2017 at 8:05 AM

Re: “Outta Town: Vermont's Congressional Delegation Spends Recess Far From Home

But, but, but Leahy was just on VPR a few weeks ago...

These officials are elected to represent Vermont on a national level. We elect other politicians to handle local issues. Our national representatives don't need to make themselves available so crackpots can complain to them but you should hear back from them when you present a relevant issue to their offices.

I've contacted Bernie and received a very prompt and helpful response. I'm still waiting on Leahy. I cannot comment on Welch from personal experience.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 02/23/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Before the Civil Rights Act, Vermont's 'Tourist Homes' Welcomed Black Travelers

Mr. Hayden: I got word that your time machine is broken down behind the French Hill rest area. I've enlisted some help to attempt to repair it. Fret not. We'll return you to seventh grade in the year 1957 with haste, and the human race will continue down the exciting road of intellectual and social progress unfettered. Lastly, sorry you can't bring much of your "Yankee Values" back with you, as most of them were soiled on by skunks or ran away when we laughed at them.

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Posted by formercook on 02/23/2017 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Burlington Cop Resigns After Perjury Allegation in Drug Case

...and Lopez and his accomplice attempted to have an off-camera / off the record conversation regarding getting their stories straight. So it appears that a method being used which subverts the main intent for requiring police to wear body cameras. Cameras designed to disallow their being turned off or erased during shift by other than a top officer in the chain of command need to be employed.

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Posted by John Brabant on 02/23/2017 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Before the Civil Rights Act, Vermont's 'Tourist Homes' Welcomed Black Travelers

Just imagine the wonderful, hard working Yankee Vermonters of 1957 being shown a motion picture of clips of Vermont today in 2017 complete with news headlines and footage. They would be so glad to see their values were thrown under the bus when the trust fund neo-Bolsheviks moved in and turned their beloved Green Mountains into the rainbow colored cultural Marxist mud-puddle of crime and drugs it is today. But at least Black people can stay in motels now....

This is the dumbest article I have read in a long day of reading dumb articles.

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Posted by Christopher M. Hayden on 02/23/2017 at 2:14 AM

Re: “Vermont's Right Thinks Scott is Wrong on Trump

When was the last time Vermonters elected far-righter to any statewide office? How did Ruth Dwyer do?

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Posted by SchMan on 02/22/2017 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Outta Town: Vermont's Congressional Delegation Spends Recess Far From Home

@Richard Ley...I had talk to socialist Sanders about Social Security and he told me that we are lucky to get money because the money belongs to the government..I said no it doesn't the government has no right to take money from it and they need to pay it back, that it's our money we are the ones who pay into it not the government.. He informed me that I was wrong..that SS belongs to the government not us..I got so mad that I called him a socialist idiot to his face and told him to get to hell out of my state!!!! then left before I punch him it the face...!!!!

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 02/22/2017 at 10:11 PM

Re: “New Vermont House Bill Would Legalize, Tax Marijuana Sales

Go Sam Go!
We can tax Alcohol and Cigarettes
So let's tax Marijuana too
Cause we will need money to pay for the extra police testing machines that Scott wants.

It's great to have a Legislator from Glover that thinks things through

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Posted by Brent Rohloff on 02/22/2017 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Outta Town: Vermont's Congressional Delegation Spends Recess Far From Home

When I heard what he wasn't returning to Vermont during the break I just assumed he was headed to Virginia where I am hearing rumors that that is his home now

Maybe you guys could clear up the confusion in this and print where Leahy claims his residency...

I have called Leahy & Welch and Bernie Sanders several times and ask why they have not spoken out against the violence in America and I have yet to receive a response from any of them regarding that

I also called each and every one of them and asked when money was taken from Social Security who took that money and was it ever paid back and I have yet to hear on that

These people could care less about Vermont the only time you see them is when they want to be reelected

It is time to dump these three people out of Vermont along with the rest of the liberal progressives who are hell-bent on destroying the state of Vermont

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Posted by Richard Ley on 02/22/2017 at 8:49 PM

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