We call on Acting Chief Murad and Mayor Weinberger to stop using harmful narratives that are simply wrong. Crime statistics in Burlington actually tell a nuanced story that seldom receives our full attention.
Following Burlington’s annual report on how its policing affects people of different races, the city’s police watchdog group is asking law enforcement to work with a third party to address potential racial bias.
As state legislators discuss whether police should be largely free from legal liability for decisions they make at work, Burlington officials are urging them to keep the practice in place.
The failed vote to confirm Burlington acting police Chief Jon Murad could be a focus of this year's City Council elections.
Acting Chief Jon Murad did not garner the seven or more City Council votes he needed to be confirmed as permanent chief.
The Friday afternoon announcement comes after a nearly six-month search for a new department head, following previous leadership scandals.
Some Progressives and Democrats on the City Council have forged a compromise, but the proposal could fall apart without mayoral support.
The Burlington Police Department is seeing a rise in mental health-related calls. The citizen oversight Police Commission asked the City Council and the mayor to convene a summit to come up with a solution.
The decision follows a May incident during which paramedics administered ketamine to a Black teen.
While the community assessment is viewed as unrepresentative of the city’s population — it’s made up of largely white, high-income and highly educated people — some say it could still help determine the future of public safety in Burlington.