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Re: “How Should Burlington Police Its Cops? In the Street, Activists Say

We need citizens to watch the copwatchers to make sure they are doing their jobs as trained. Maybe there should be more citizens to watch the citizens who are watching the copwatchers who are watching the cops. Or maybe we need citizens...............................................................

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by BradD on 05/22/2019 at 1:09 PM

Re: “After Police Shootings, Vermont Cops Are Slow to Provide Statements

Since del Pozo has been the chief, things have gotten worse than before.

Posted by Gigrape52@gmail.com on 05/22/2019 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Vermont's First Sex-Trafficking Trial Ends in Conviction

Yuck !

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Rich ard on 05/14/2019 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Congolese Brothers Say a Run-In With Burlington Police Left a Lasting Impression

"So he was sober?"

"A paragon of virtue?"

"Time for a stab at sobriety?"

While the shaky, uneven body-cam video and audio quality make it difficult to state with certainty that drug impairment led to the aggressive, violent, and in one case deadly, behavior recently displayed by Officers Bellevance, Corrow, and Campbell et al, the common thread of increased hostility and aggression, erratic delusional behavior, impaired judgement, extreme irritability and manic-like violent responses by Burlington cops reads like a textbook list of warning signs and side effects associated with anabolic steroid abuse and/or addiction.

Chief Del Pozo is well aware that no segment of society or line of work is untouched by the current drug epidemic in Burlington, and to think that the BPD remains somehow immune to the culture of rampant steroid use in law enforcement nationwide, would be to stick ones head in the proverbial sand.

Over the weekend Chief Del Pozo spoke of the need for the BPD to take whatever measures are necessary to address and restore the publics trust in our police force. Obvious and readily achievable first steps would be for the BPD: 1) to re-evaluate, overhaul, and mandate real de-escalation training and require its implementation as a condition of employment, 2) to establish a Zero Tolerance policy and work-place culture for illegal drug use, including steroids, and 3) to implement random work-place drug testing for all police officers and management.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 05/09/2019 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Congolese Brothers Say a Run-In With Burlington Police Left a Lasting Impression

Time for a stab at sobriety?

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Samuel Shultis on 05/09/2019 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Congolese Brothers Say a Run-In With Burlington Police Left a Lasting Impression

Im sorry this happened; the Meli family impressed me with their kind, sincere and respectful way they treated everyone. While students in the middle school, I hoped they would stay in our public school system as they were true role models and I wanted them around our kids.

If my son had been pushed in this manner by a police officer with zero effort to speak to him first, I would be crushed. Injuries like this can be devastating and have long term effects. Ive always been very proud of our police in BTV and our police chief; I hope some resolution comes
of this and we can be better going forward.

Hoping for good conversation on how to avoid this in the future and the injuries sustained heal quickly for these young men.

7 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Kath Montstream on 05/09/2019 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Congolese Brothers Say a Run-In With Burlington Police Left a Lasting Impression

"Jeremie had been arguing loudly with a bar staffer in slurred speech."

So he was sober?

A paragon of virtue?

Amazing what all the cop critics ignore.

When a drunk is bothering (harassing) someone, the victim needs help.

If it takes a cop, bless the cop.

Police Chief Brandon del Pozo needs to stop apologizing for protecting the public.

If he wants to be a sociologist instead of a cop, he should apply for a UVM professorship.

The officers in Vermont's largest city do great work defending those who need help.

Can't wait for a vacuous cop critic to call 911 in a time of personal crisis.

That is when a critic will be thanking the police, not bad-mouthing the tireless work they do for every one us.

17 likes, 33 dislikes
Posted by Ted Cohen on 05/09/2019 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Congolese Brothers Say a Run-In With Burlington Police Left a Lasting Impression

Im sorry this happened; the Meli family impressed me with their kind, sincere and respectful way they treated everyone. While students in the middle school, I hoped they would stay in our public school system as they were true role models and I wanted them around our kids.

If my son had been pushed in this manner by a police officer with zero effort to speak to him first, I would be crushed. Injuries like this can be devastating and have long term effects. Ive always been very proud of our police in BTV and our police chief; I hope some resolution comes
of this and we can be better going forward.

Hoping for good conversation on how to avoid this in the future and the injuries sustained heal quickly for these young men.

30 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Kath Montstream on 05/08/2019 at 10:01 PM

Re: “Man Who Died After Fight With Cop Had Broken Jaw, Eye Socket

Resident: a physician who has finished medical school and is receiving training in a specialized area, such as surgery, internal medicine, pathology, or radiology.

https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/ar…

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 05/05/2019 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Man Who Died After Fight With Cop Had Broken Jaw, Eye Socket

KNOW.. The residents that I have seen at the ER have NOT Graduated from medical school yet! They are more like physicians assistants and have to find a real doctor if needed to have them write a prescription or see the patient if they're not sure what to do. Either way the ER needs to be overhauled and make it so there is less of a wait time. 10 hours is rediculous to have a person see you after you get in an exam room and they aren't busy at all.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Gigrape52@gmail.com on 05/05/2019 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Bid to Decriminalize 'Bupe' Hits a Bump in Vermont House

The claim that VT has robust opioid treatment programs is false! Trying to navigate the VT treatment system when you desperately need it is nearly impossible. There are very few treatment beds available in the whole state, waiting 72 hours when someone is in need immediately is too long... theyll be on the streets looking for drugs.
The hub and spoke model is not available in all areas of the state,
We need LONG TERM residential with comprehensive programs to help people rebuild their lives.... not just treat with more drugs and turn them back onto the streets.
Medically assisted treatment is a bandaid and dangerous for long term use. Also its continuing to line the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies who started this epidemic.
PS... I lost my son to overdose and I have many friends with family members struggling to find help.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Wendy Galbraith on 05/05/2019 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Man Who Died After Fight With Cop Had Broken Jaw, Eye Socket

"they have residents working instead of real doctors."

OMG, no! Not "residents"! Say it ain't so! How could they do that?! How could they allow people who have graduated from medical school and who in some cases have been practicing medicine for several years, to pretend to be doctors?! To see sick people?! To treat patients who need help?! How could they allow young doctors to train?! I agree, that's really disgusting!

8 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 05/04/2019 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Man Who Died After Fight With Cop Had Broken Jaw, Eye Socket

The er is poorly run and sometimes you have to wait for hours to be seen by someone. I have waited for 10 hours just to have a simple process done. Half of the time they have residents working instead of real doctors. I won't go back there unless I'm dying and even then I'll have my doubts. They should reorganize that place and get some real doctors that know what they are doing instead of rookies that just guess what to do!!

5 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Gigrape52@gmail.com on 05/04/2019 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Man Who Died After Fight With Cop Had Broken Jaw, Eye Socket

Seven Days has reported in the past on the issues with UVM Med Centers overcrowded and poorly run emergency room. I hope they investigate and press the hospital on why this man who required a steel plate in his face was sent home. Seems like in the rush to free up E.R. space they also contributed to this mans death. It really is time to overhall the hospital.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jamison Dunne on 05/02/2019 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Bid to Decriminalize 'Bupe' Hits a Bump in Vermont House

Thanks for clarifying, Matthew!

Posted by Scott Pavek on 05/02/2019 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Bid to Decriminalize 'Bupe' Hits a Bump in Vermont House

Scott, it was our error and it's fixed. Thanks!

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Matthew Roy on 05/02/2019 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Bid to Decriminalize 'Bupe' Hits a Bump in Vermont House

36mg x 100 = 3.6g.

Was this only Seven Days' error, or did the Committee actually discuss 3,600 grams? Was this corrected in the committee discussion?

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Scott Pavek on 05/02/2019 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Bid to Decriminalize 'Bupe' Hits a Bump in Vermont House

I've seen more than one friend's life saved by buprenorphine, and think it's about as close to a miracle cure for addiction as currently exists when used correctly - for just long enough to get through acute withdrawal. The treatment industry and other profit oriented companies/ institutions often misprescribe buprenorphine by treating it as a maintenance drug like methadone (at the expense of addicts, who find themselves viciously addicted to a substance with a substantially longer clearance & withdrawal period than heroin with none of the pleasant effects). But, for helping someone get over a habit so they can focus on long term recovery, there's absolutely nothing so effective. This is a good idea.

13 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by dhudson on 05/01/2019 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Man Who Died After Fight With Cop Had Broken Jaw, Eye Socket

In Japan, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, South Korea, among other countries, police officers are trained in advanced martial arts which both protects themselves, the public, and people dealing with mental health/substance intoxication issues that may render them out of control. Incidents are resolved without injuries resulting in surgery or permanent disability. And definitely not death. The hospital is also completely incompetent for releasing this injured man. The ER is packed with people dealing with mental health crisis and they have let folks home just to make enough room. Both the mayor and police chief who forget they are employed and paid by the residents of Burlington, never accept criticism, are extremely defensive, and are overseeing the city during a tenure when distraught folks are being injured and killed by our police force, If this was a bar fight, the murderer would be in jail facing at least manslaughter. Both the hospital personnel and officer involved need to go to criminal court. The police chief and mayor should tend their resignation . We Burlingtonians both as taxpayers and humans with a conscience, are going to pay a price.

23 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Mark Montalban on 04/27/2019 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Man Who Died After Fight With Cop Had Broken Jaw, Eye Socket

Burlington police like hiding evidence. They did it to my ex back years ago. I hope they fry that pos cop. This disguises me, the are showing a picture of my ex brother in law laying in a hospital bed and a picture of a cop smiling. Very sad, I hope Doug's wife and family get the justice they deserve even know it wont bring him back. My heart goes out to my ex sister in law.

17 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Penny Comeau on 04/27/2019 at 2:40 PM

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