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Friday, September 7, 2018

Burlington Police, Mayor Criticize Prosecutors for Not Charging Suspect

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 1:47 PM

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo at a press conference - FILE: SARA TABIN
  • File: Sara Tabin
  • Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo at a press conference
Updated at 5:20 p.m.

In a highly unusual move, Burlington police on Friday publicly criticized prosecutors for not pursuing criminal charges against a Colchester man who claimed self-defense for his role in a downtown shooting that injured an innocent bystander.

Carl Martin was charged in August with aggravated assault, aggravated disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment for his alleged actions in the February incident.

According to police, Martin's brother had a long-simmering dispute with Rashad Nashid over a woman. The men ran into each other at Nectar's on Main Street one February night and began arguing. Nashid later left and went next door to Esox, another bar.

But he and Carl Martin continued to argue while both were outside smoking. Martin eventually punched Nashid in the face, prompting both men to pull handguns. Nashid fired, according to cops, hitting the 27-year-old bystander.

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Burlington Police Will Investigate Claims of Abuse at St. Joseph's Orphanage

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 1:17 PM

The former orphanage - NATALIE WILLIAMS
  • Natalie Williams
  • The former orphanage
Updated at 4:48 p.m.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo said his department will launch an inquiry into allegations made in a recent Buzzfeed story about decades of abuse at the St. Joseph's Catholic Orphanage.

Del Pozo provided few details, but said he was meeting with the Vermont Attorney General's Office Friday and has been in discussions with Mayor Miro Weinberger about investigating the allegations of physical, mental and sexual abuse at St. Joseph's. The Buzzfeed article includes allegations that children were killed.

The orphanage closed in 1974. The imposing North Avenue building became part of Burlington College before it was turned into housing.

"It's safe to say that the mayor and I feel it's in the interests of justice to offer a full accounting of the crimes," del Pozo said. "We feel it's the duty of the state to do so."

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