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Police union supports suspended Winooski officer

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A Winooski police officer accused of shooting an unarmed, mentally ill man has the support of his union.

Corporal Jason Nokes was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and giving false information to a police officer following the April shooting of 35-year-old Isaac Sage. Union leaders are standing by Nokes and call the indictment a "sad day for law enforcement" that they believe could influence how police officers do their jobs.

"Are they going to change how they do things? No but they're going to question it more and they're going to have even less trust in the people that are going to enforce those laws that they have to enforce," said Jeffrey Wimette, of the I.B.E.W. Local Union.

Nokes is currently on paid leave.

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