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Brandon del Pozo 
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Re: “Cop Involved in Altercation at Hospital Sues to Obtain Bodycam Footage

TTMYGM, thanks for your questions.

Our policy, as required by law, is that if a person says he will not make a statement until he can discover the government's evidence and confer with counsel, then we will cease questioning immediately.

If we do not show a suspect a video we have of his actions, and he declines to make statements as a result, that is his right. A person's silence in such a case cannot be seen as prejudicial by the court.

I do not feel a police officer's silence is likely to be viewed the same way. The public expects him to cooperate and make statements. And often they want to tell their side of the story, but they want to balance it with every person's right to silence until they can review evidence and confer with counsel.

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Posted by Brandon del Pozo on 04/23/2019 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Cop Involved in Altercation at Hospital Sues to Obtain Bodycam Footage

We wrote our own city's policy as we did to be fair to our police officers and balance their rights with our expectations that they fully cooperate with investigations into their actions.

No person under investigation in America, guilty or innocent, is expected to make admissable statements until he has had the opportunity to review the government's evidence and confer with counsel. At the same time, the public and the government expect police officers to be prompt, forthcoming and cooperative during questioning.

We feel we can't fairly expect this of them unless we can afford them the same basic rights every other person has: to review the state's evidence and confer with counsel, or to remain silent until they have done so.

This 2014 PERF/DoJ guide has also informed our policy:

http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/resources/4…

Here is our policy; section IX addresses review of footage:

https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/sites/default…

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Posted by Brandon del Pozo on 04/23/2019 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Seven Days Photographer Matthew Thorsen Dies at 51

Matt took a uniformed chief of police and put him in front of an exuberant, multi-colored abtract mural and made it all look like it was meant to be. His final product is probably the pic I'll remember most and the one I send when people ask for a portrait. I really enjoyed interacting with him. I'll miss his positive energy and his immense talent.

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Posted by Brandon del Pozo on 01/02/2019 at 10:01 PM

Re: “Burlington Police Department to Roll Out New Emergency Response Vehicle

Chief del Pozo here. The water cannons are two old-style silver bullet fire extinguishers. They are used to distract animals and people in crisis during an incident. It is very difficult to be aggressive while being sprayed. They are unsuitable for use at demonstrations.

This is an example: http://www.trianglefireinc.com/Amerex-240-…

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Posted by Brandon del Pozo on 04/05/2018 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Advocate: Transient's Latest Arrest Exposes Holes in Social Safety Net

People may be confusing our efforts to deal with other types of cases with that of Mike Reynolds. It doesn't seem helpful to conflate them. As I've said elsewhere:

"In response to less severe but still persistent cases of lawbreaking downtown, I've advocated for giving our police the option to write a criminal ticket to a person who ignores repeated civil tickets for things like public open containers or urination. The idea that some sofflaws will respond to accountability and consequences when brought before a judge is based on the belief that they have agency and dignity. Escalating consequences are a requirement of fair jurisprudence. We already do this for noise and traffic violations. Most cities, even quite progressive ones, provide this option.

"This advocacy was never meant to address the case of Mike Reynolds, however. His tickets, arrests, trespass notices, they all accomplish nothing under the current system. He illustrates the current deficit of options, resources and commitment writ large as their most glaring example. His case is about the extent to which we are willing (and, just as importantly, able) to treat and/or institutionalize a person for what looks to be a lifelong and serious mental illness."

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Posted by Brandon del Pozo on 08/26/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Burlington Cops and Clergy Break Bread and Talk About Diversity

Hi Cyndi.

The Police Academy admissions test is written and administered by the state's Police Academy in Pittsford (not *quite* Mars), which is overseen by an appointed board that the Burlington Police do not have a seat on. I hope this offers you further insight into my comments about the test.

We may just have to disagree, however, on your perception of how much we in the BPD value diversity. You point out, correctly, that I've hardly been in Vermont very long. But the city that imparted its values on me, Brooklyn, my birthplace, is over 50% nonwhite. New York City is the second-most most diverse city in the nation for its part, next to Oakland. We all know Vermont is usually ranked as one of the least diverse states in the nation, unfortunately. We strive to steadily change that in the BPD by recruiting from diverse pools and by truly protecing and serving everyone so they feel welcome here.

Please feel free to come to our public commission meetings, the last Monday of every month at six, to talk more about this.

-Chief BdP

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Posted by Brandon del Pozo on 08/01/2016 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Parking Problems Hamper Burlington Food Trucks

I can't make any guarantees, because I need to understand what the concerns of all the legitimate stakeholders are, but I'll examine this issue and the use of discretion at certain locations. The trucks are an important part of the local food culture.

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Posted by Brandon del Pozo on 07/12/2016 at 9:18 PM

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