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Re: “Burlington Settles With Family of Man Fatally Shot by Police Officer

Youre right knowyourassumptions! I stand corrected - instead we just have higher insurance premiums, losing tens of thousand of dollars for staff and attorney fees, and an innocent man was murdered. Yes, murdered. Would you prefer manslaughtered? What word would you use?

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Posted by cwinklem on 05/22/2019 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Burlington Settles With Family of Man Fatally Shot by Police Officer

*Our approach to these types of crises has evolved, and our capacity to safely handle them has multiplied, but we can never guarantee that force wont be necessary to protect life in these encounters, del Pozo said. Our commitment, however, is to do everything we can to avoid such a tragic outcome.*

Evolved with greater capacity in the sense that two more men suffering mental health crises have been killed by officers since Del Pozo became chief? In 2018 when Seven Days wrote about the lawsuit and how two witnesses contradicted the officers (one of whom, Thibault, was later accused of domestic assault) Del Pozo was silent.…

Taxpayers foot the $200k bill while the family has to pick up the pieces after this murder, violent officers are protected by a token police commission with wrist slaps, all while our police chief that endorsed violence against Douglas Kilburn but yeah, sure, deescalation training and no citizen oversight is definitely working.

If you believe that any meaningful policing changes will occur under this chief or mayor, I have a bridge to sell you.

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Posted by cwinklem on 05/21/2019 at 8:31 PM

Re: “New Marina to Open Saturday on the Burlington Waterfront

Did you know Perkins Pier won a national million+ dollar grant but was passed over by 2/10s of a point by this private marina, privatizing our waterfront for upper class yacht owners, at $4-8k a year in an entire opaque and non-transparent public improvement process? Ive made record requests for the documents and been denied it - how do they score and why did this one win out by such a close margin without bringing the two finalists to the public?…

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Posted by cwinklem on 05/20/2019 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Burlington Councilors Press del Pozo on Police Use of Force

Some of us have been requesting directly to Chief del Pozo and Mayor Weinberger for years that there be actual civilian oversight of the police department, not a toothless commission, and they refused. Some of us have been asking city councilors to publicly acknowledge black lives matter and they ignored us.

Some of us have also been requesting that there be clear policies around media, social media, and bodycam footage, as the Chief has been unable to show restraint around these, and we have been ignored. The ACLU had to sue the city (BTV v Doyle) because they refused to work on such policies and were charging Doyle money to look at footage of himself taken in public! The police chief literally jerked concerned residents around for over a year, promising a policy and then refusing while throwing a fit (see Jan 22 2019 police commission meeting…).

Now the best our *leaders* offer is a *well designed public engagement process* from a mayor and council who havent been able to put together an inclusive public process in over a decade and are entirely out of touch with lower-income and marginalized residents. As an example, at last years council debate Councilor Joan Shannon, after nearly a decade as a councilor, was surprised to learn from Mohammad Jafar that most new Americans do not use Front Porch Forum, her main form of constituent engagement.

I dont know if I should laugh or cry.

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Posted by cwinklem on 05/14/2019 at 6:22 AM

Re: “Violence Caught on Camera Leads to Brutality Claims Against Burlington Cops

Important to remember that the Chief and Mayor, who have full control over every police camera, love to claim that they are on the side of transparency but they only released these horrific videos after a lawsuit was going to release them anyway.

Take your own videos since you cant trust the BPD or administration to engage in honesty, transparency, or consistency around policing and body cameras.

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Posted by cwinklem on 05/03/2019 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Violence Caught on Camera Leads to Brutality Claims Against Burlington Cops

This department is a mess full of disrespect, aggression, and violence, Campbell has a history of excessive force, we need civilian oversight and police accountability, and del Pozo needs to step down immediately.

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Posted by cwinklem on 05/03/2019 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Burlington Council to Question Mayor, Police Chief About Death Investigation

Councilor Shannon, who sold a house to Chief del Pozo, making upwards of $30,000 on the sale, should recuse herself from the discussion too.

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Posted by cwinklem on 04/26/2019 at 7:59 PM

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