Vermonters weigh in on policing reforms

Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 7:25 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2020 at 6:22 PM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Lawmakers in Vermont on Thursday heard from members of the public about what changes they would like to see in policing here.

It's part of an effort to look at widespread reforms.

In June, the Legislature passed and Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill banning chokeholds and mandating body cameras.

Lawmakers are slated to revisit police reform in a few weeks when they reconvene, so they are taking input from Vermonters about what they want to see.

Some at Thursday's hearing spoke out against school resource officers saying they hurt more than they help.

“Our children’s job in school isn’t to make police look good as so many people in meetings I’ve sat through in recent weeks have suggested. Our children’s only job is to learn and our job is to support them in the pursuit and allow them to feel safe,” said Reier Erickson of Neighbors for a Safer St. Albans.

Others at the hearing spoke out in support of law enforcement, saying that public safety should not be put at risk to save money.

Vermont lawmakers are holding two more public hearings on August 12 and 16. That’s next Wednesday at 6 p.m. and next Sunday at 4 p.m.

Click here to register to give a testimony.

The meetings will be livestreamed here.

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