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Lisa Davidson 
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Re: “Former Trooper Had a History of Illegal Searches, Documents Suggest

This article is a very biased and one sided view of this case. What the reader is not told is that in many of these situations Hatch was with his supervisors who approved of his actions and condoned each action. Further Hatch had repeatedly requested additional training in the area of interdiction, which is often a complicated process of determining suspicious factors and circumstances that might lead to developing probable cause for drug activity. Those requests for additional training were not granted. An officer does not need to have probable cause to ask for consent to search a vehicle, odor and observations can often be sufficient. In Hatch's case he also utilized a K-9 that can form the basis of obtaining a search warrant. Vermont law requires that an officer who believes that he or she has sufficient grounds to obtain a warrant must offer the operator or target of the warrant the opportunity to consent to the search in order to reduce time involved. Minor traffic offenses are often used as a basis for these vehicle stops. The Attorney Generals office in fact did clear Hatch of any wrongdoing or discrimination and only settled the lawsuit as a nuisance suite. Considering the number of cases filed against and settled by the State and the fact that the settlement made no admission of wrong doing or misconduct no conclusions of the merits of the case should be assumed. If the reader understood that Hatch was successful in locating illegal drugs or paraphernalia in almost every case he was involved with, and often especially at night has no idea what race the operator or passengers in a car are until after the vehicle is stopped.

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Posted by Lisa Davidson on 05/09/2016 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Border Air in Swanton Keeps Imported Planes Alive

The American Dream still lives in Swanton! I like your attitude Cliff Coy.

Joel Davidson

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Posted by Lisa Davidson on 04/14/2016 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Ugly Accusations of Rutland Police Misconduct Surface in Lawsuit

And then Chief Baker asserts that he's not sure if officers using racially disparaging comments in front of a minority officer would constitute a hostile work environment. Trembley responded to the same question with a response that it absolutely would constitute a hostile environment and that any conduct of that nature was unacceptable. This is not the first time Baker has tried to minimize conduct that does not belong in the law enforcement world. I recall his asserting that he was not sure that coaching a witness, after being involved in this conduct, was improper in a civil matter although he did admit it would be wrong in a criminal case. I guess in Baker's world view integrity and honesty don't count if you think you can get away with it. With great moral leadership like this you can understand why he thought it was okay to cover up misconduct while asserting transparency. Let's hope the new leadership has a better moral compass. Rutland City and the "Good" officers that work there deserve better. Officer Andy Todd deserved better!

Joel Davidson

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Posted by Lisa Davidson on 09/11/2015 at 3:39 PM

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