BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Police in Burlington, Vt., say officers demonstrated "exceptional professionalism" under adverse circumstances in a review of confrontation between protesters and police that turned violent outside a meeting of New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers.
Police also said they didn't have enough officers to make arrests.
Vermont Public Radio reports Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said officers were told to respect the rights of protesters to demonstrate. The mayor says he echoed that message to the officers, but he didn't discuss operational details.
The confrontation last month developed after protesters blocked a bus carrying state and foreign dignitaries to dinner. Police say protesters were warned. When protesters refused to move, police fired pepper balls and used other crowd-control tactics.
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