Vermont NAACP branches to pay protester citations

Published: Sep. 29, 2020 at 7:14 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2020 at 10:19 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The Vermont branches of the NAACP are offering to pay citation fines and fees for nonviolent protesters in Battery Park.

According to a statement from the NAACP, Burlington’s mayor has threatened the city will issue citations for protesters who have been occupying the park for more than a month.

Protesters have been demanding three Burlington police officers-- accused and cleared of using excessive-- be fired. City leaders have said they can’t do that.

One officer, Jason Bellavance, will be leaving the force in exchange for pay.

Rutland Area NAACP president Tabitha Moore says by offering to pay the fines, that removes a barrier to peaceful protest.

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