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ACLU asks for grand jury in Burlington shooting

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The head of the American Civil Liberties Union in Vermont says a grand jury should be called to review the fatal police shooting of a Burlington man last week.

Executive director Allen Gilbert tells the Burlington Free Press there's no standard statewide protocol on when a Vermont law-enforcement officer can pull a gun, unshoulder an assault rifle or reach for a Taser.

Wayne Brunette was shot by police last Thursday as Brunette brandished a long-handled spade shovel and advanced toward officers, despite being told repeatedly to drop the tool.

The Vermont State Police are handling a criminal investigation into the shooting, and Burlington police are conducting an internal investigation.

Police investigators did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday.

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