MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont House has given initial approval to a bill to require a statewide bias-free policing policy and to tighten requirements for training for law enforcement officers on avoiding racial bias in their work.
The vote came after about 90 minutes of impassioned debate in which some questioned the need for police to record their perceptions of the race of people they pull over.
Rep. Bill Lippert, a Hinesburg Democrat who chairs the Judiciary Committee, told his House colleagues that many people of color in Vermont still perceive prejudice among some police officers. He said collecting data will help people understand the facts.
The vote was 138-3, with one of the votes against coming from Rep. Andy Donaghy of Poultney, a retired police officer.
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