Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George said in a memo that her office won’t prosecute alleged crimes if evidence for them came from certain types of traffic stops.
The stop rate of Black drivers was twice as high as for white drivers, and advocates are asking: Are agencies even looking at their own data?
A higher-than-normal percentage of arrests are happening after accidents occur, meaning drunken drivers are sometimes being caught too late.
Vermont needs to fundamentally change its approach to policing, including downsizing the footprint and broad authority of police in our communities.
The study also provides a first look at town-by-town data on traffic stops.
“If we’re going to admit and agree and acknowledge that racial bias and discrimination is alive and happening here, what will it take for us to be able to actually adequately address that?”
The study dives into the data of some of the largest law enforcement agencies in the state three years after earlier review.
The report released this week reveals that Black and Hispanic motorists were issued tickets and searched at a higher rate than white drivers in 2019.
Vermont State Police have released new data showing that racial disparities still exist in traffic stop data, though that gap is narrowing.
Jamaican-American man from Danville was unfairly detained because of similarities to a wanted Florida man.
The House on Friday concurred with a final version of a bill that requires police to collect race data about drivers during roadside stops. Rep. Bill Lippert, D-Hinesburg, presented the final version, agreed to by a House-Senate conference committee, to the House. The House endorsed it and sent it to the Senate for final approval. […]
“It is not OK – it is not OK – for someone to travel in one part of Vermont and to fear being racially profiled,” Rep. Bll Lippert said.
Late-session push would require police departments to follow one of two anti-bias policies and record gender, age, ethnicity and race of drivers in roadside stops.