The ACLU had said destroying belongings would be unconstitutional. Police considered renting a storage locker, but in the end residents asked the city to hold onto few items.
A psychiatric evaluation was ordered for Aita Gurung, 34, of Burlington, who police say killed his wife and nearly killed his mother-in-law with a meat cleaver.
The governor’s comments came in the wake of recent violent incidents in the Queen City downtown, including at City Hall Park and on the Church Street Marketplace.
Political leaders reacted after a gunman reportedly killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500 in an attack on a music festival.
Long before recent high-profile events, Chief Brandon del Pozo has been considering new ways to deal with public drunkenness and other violations.
The two-pronged approach includes new efforts to support homeless people as well as potential criminal penalties for repeated “quality of life” violations such as public drunkenness.
Officials are mulling steps to address violent and unruly behavior that some say is driven by the homeless. The ideas include criminalizing repeated instances of things like public drunkenness.
Brandon Del Pozo said there is a clear need for systemic change in policing.
Mayors and other policy makers discussed the opiate crisis and the pros and cons of safe injection sites.
“Our cops have realized that in many cases writing the ticket is a fruitless act and have stopped writing them,” says Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo.
“The police are now in the position of having to protect criminal suspects from people like the president,” Burlington’s chief said. State police called statements encouraging mistreatment “inappropriate.”
This week’s podcast explores a recent initiative to help high-risk individuals and looks at the effects of the rise of fentanyl.
As the SubStat group goes through cases, members share how their latest interactions with each person played out, any past experiences, and what steps might be taken to intervene.
The policy directs police not to ask people their immigration status whether they’re a witness, victim or perpetrator of a crime.