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Re: “Oversight Unseen: Who's Watching the Vermont Police?

Thank you for your reporting on this issue! I look forward to more stories on this topic!

Posted by Chelsea Rose Smiley on 04/21/2018 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Oversight Unseen: Who's Watching the Vermont Police?

Cops (I was one) are humans. They are good and bad, do great work and make mistakes. To hold them accountable is not to characterize them all, but to ensure these government employees are serving the public well. We have meat inspectors, to make sure butchers provide us safe meat. That doesn't mean we hate butchers. Law enforcement agencies with robust oversight earn the respect of their people. Hiding behind secrecy just breeds distrust.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Duane Peterson on 04/21/2018 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Oversight Unseen: Who's Watching the Vermont Police?

Both Burlington Mayor Weinberger and Chief Del Pozo have consistently opposed robust civilian oversight. When Wayne Brunete was killed by officers in the NNE and Seven Days reported that two witness directly contradicted the words of the officers involved, none of our elected or police officials took the step to demand or support more accountability and transparency. It should not fall to the ACLU to keep our officers honest.…

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by cwinklem on 04/18/2018 at 11:59 AM

Re: “How Solid Is the Case Against the Accused School-Shooting Plotter?

often psychiatrist tell their patients to write down their thoughts in a journal. is thoughts we have in a journal an act or attempt to commit a crime No

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Posted by Frank Loesch on 04/04/2018 at 11:16 PM

Re: “How Solid Is the Case Against the Accused School-Shooting Plotter?

The 5 who feel there is enough evidence are lying.

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Posted by Tom A. on 03/08/2018 at 6:09 PM

Re: “How Solid Is the Case Against the Accused School-Shooting Plotter?

I'm among the world's most vocal and intransigent gun control advocates out there, but I see no "attempt" here. Buying a 12-gauge shotgun in Vermont can hardly be called "gearing up" for a mass shooting. This is the behavior of a delusional kid who needs help, not a criminal act.

11 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Egmatic on 03/08/2018 at 9:24 AM

Re: “'Camp Hell': Vermont Inmates Report Threats by Guards in Pennsylvania

I forgot to mention that an email to Commissioner of Corrections Lisa Menard concerning the confiscation of absentee ballots was read three days ago, but remains unanswered.

Posted by OldVTHippy on 02/23/2018 at 3:49 PM

Re: “'Camp Hell': Vermont Inmates Report Threats by Guards in Pennsylvania

First off, Jabbar Chandler, the person mentioned in the article as having been threatened and advised that getting the word out "would not be in his interest" has been sent to the hole and has been there for more than a week. Camp Hill has not made the charges known.
Second. As an attorney, I have been in regular contact with Mr. Wool. He has been incarcerated since 1990 and has spent much of his time helping others. In addition as advocating for inmates via the court system, he has twice received letters of commendation from the VT DOC for risking his own safety by protecting prison personnel. The first instance was during a riot in Kentucky and more recently in Michigan, where another inmate jumped a guard. If he were free, I would much prefer Kirk Wool as a neighbor to many who shoot their mouths off here.
Third. Under the Interstate Compact and the contract with PA (yes there is a specific contract) Vermont inmates do not lose the legal rights they have under Vermont law. And of course the protections of the Eighth Amendment against cruel and unusual punishment trump [if I can still use that word] any actions of a state or states.
Fourth. One of the rights guaranteed to Vermont prisoners is the right to vote. Yet, PA officials have confiscated absentee ballots - which I presume are for the upcoming Town Meeting day votes that are carried out via Australian Ballot. Voting residency is neither obtained or lost because of place of incarceration.

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Posted by OldVTHippy on 02/23/2018 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Questions About a Trooper Arose Long Before Deadly Shootings

Consideration and compassion for a murderer! Who has killed 3 people in a 6 month span when not 1 of them had a weapon pointed at him.Rule #1 MUZZLE CONTROL! #2 confirm your target AND what's beyond it! Also an officer's finger should not even be on the trigger UNLESS there is a gun pointed at him! Trooper Brown failed on all 3 of these points and he's still getting paid to represent VSP! That is embarrassing and a disgrace to the State of Vermont. Get ready for Super Troopers III

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Posted by David Ruiz on 02/22/2018 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Questions About a Trooper Arose Long Before Deadly Shootings

To the two prior commenters:

I recommend you attend a Community Academy similar to the one Burlington PD puts on ( Maybe then youll have an idea of how it feels to strap on and serve. Men and women like Trooper Chris Brown protect people like you regardless of the danger to their own lives because it is their duty. And they do so despite your Constitutional right to condemn them even as you clutch your phones after calling 911, begging for help. You have no concept of what Trooper Brown feels right now, so have some consideration and compassion.

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Posted by ss07021 on 02/22/2018 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Questions About a Trooper Arose Long Before Deadly Shootings

Trooper Brown is certainly no "public safety" officer. He's a menace to society and needs to be canned from the force.

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Posted by Oleander on 02/22/2018 at 1:26 PM

Re: “'Camp Hell': Vermont Inmates Report Threats by Guards in Pennsylvania

This article caused someone in the Pennsylvania system to go around questioning and intimidating all the inmates. Be careful throwing names around like this.

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Posted by Haley on 02/22/2018 at 4:28 AM

Re: “Questions About a Trooper Arose Long Before Deadly Shootings

The lack of accountability within the police force is truly unsettling.

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Posted by strepps2018 on 02/21/2018 at 11:05 AM

Re: “From Old Dogs to Future Searches, Cops Learn Tricks of Marijuana Law

Oh the poor police. Losing their favorite tool they use to stick it to the public they are supposed to be serving, not preying on for cash. Maybe they should stop harassing people going about their business hoping to upsell the trumped up traffic stop to a drug bust or some other revenue extortion scheme.

If people knew the rights they have to tell these jerks to get lost, the whole "justice system" mob would collapse. Look up the lectures and papers by Judge Anna Von Reitz and see how you've been enslaved by the bankers and the BAR association.

People simply traveling to and from work, the grocery store, the doctor's office, wherever... in their personal automobiles, are NOT required to have a "Drivers License" or license plates, or a contract with the DMV. Drivers are persons operating in commerce (taking passengers for hire or hauling freight) on the public roads. All the statutes and ordinances only apply to traffic in commerce, not people traveling. Statutes are not laws. Well established by the Supreme Court over decades.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by FreedomToThink on 02/15/2018 at 4:17 PM

Re: “A Vermont Mother Waits to See Whether Her Son Will Face the Death Penalty

I will speak for my family. The pain that this monster has caused my family is real. A total of four people dead He took two family members and he deserves nothing less than the death penalty and North Carolina don't need to take 20 years to do it. The amount of pain he caused his own family and town. There are children out here motherless because of this monster. Grandchildren that are hurt beyond measure. Mothers that had to bury their child. Love ones and co-workers hurt and damage beyond repair because they had to look at them and the horrific things that were done to them. They were only trying to do their job and just like that their life gone. He's a monster and don't deserve to keep his life. No more excuses he has done enough. He didn't have not one ounce of remorse. Death is the only thing that will stop this monstrous psychopath.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Yolanda Thatch on 02/06/2018 at 9:42 AM

Re: “'Camp Hell': Vermont Inmates Report Threats by Guards in Pennsylvania

@ Christopher Hill

And why might people choose to remain anonymous online? I'd guess, and I'm just spitballin' here, that some fear that people such as you would try to ruin their lives for expressing an opinion.

That's why only idiots use Facebook.

Folks such as you shroud yourselves in self-righteous cloaks of superiority but blow away into the wind when faced with a logical argument.

Long story short, you seem to be a mean-spirited, not-that-smart little man.

Maybe look up Kirk Wool's crimes before you make a comment. I did. I'll spare the gallery the details, but they're horrific.

Fuck Kirk Wool. He's lucky that a few harsh words from prison guards making $10 an hour is the least of his worries. I have more sympathy for his victim, assuming there's just the one that we know about.

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Posted by rmccloud on 02/03/2018 at 2:42 AM

Re: “'Camp Hell': Vermont Inmates Report Threats by Guards in Pennsylvania

Is Christopher Hill actually Christopher Hill or is he an impostor the online world will never know. Mr.Hill if that is indeed your real name find a better argument than someone choosing to remain anonymous in order to discredit facts.

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Posted by citizen on 02/02/2018 at 12:07 PM

Re: “'Camp Hell': Vermont Inmates Report Threats by Guards in Pennsylvania

The most venal comments here are written by people who hide their identities. They are cowards and Seven Days should require them to post under their real names.

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Posted by Christopher Hill on 02/01/2018 at 10:59 PM

Re: “'Camp Hell': Vermont Inmates Report Threats by Guards in Pennsylvania

I suppose I should be more sympathetic to the plight of Mr. Wool, but I'm not. I have a hard time considering they're victims within considering their victims.

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Posted by Df Dixon on 02/01/2018 at 1:32 PM

Re: “'Camp Hell': Vermont Inmates Report Threats by Guards in Pennsylvania

Im sure that Mr. Wools victim had their feelings crushed when he raped them. I hope the guards at Camp you deserve what ever comes your way treat him like the piece of shit he is. If he cant do the time he should have not committed the crime. Being a prisoner means you have lost your rights until you have repaid your debt to society. I hope the guards give Mr. Wool a wool blanket party. Rot in Hell Mr. Wool.

20 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by citizen on 02/01/2018 at 11:37 AM

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