Donovan gets insight on police shootings at AG conference

Published: Dec. 12, 2019 at 6:06 AM EST
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Vermont's attorney general says he's gained some new insights on police shootings at a conference in Washington, D.C.

T.J Donovan joined other attorneys general for a big conference highlighting issues affecting the entire country. He moderated a discussion on police shootings. He says it was a good topic to cover since all AGs have to handle situations like that.

He says one of his takeaways was California's new law that changes the legal standard of reviewing officer-involved shootings.

"I think Vermont should consider and study the California law, I've reached out to one of my panel members who runs the civil rights division in California if he'd be willing to talk to Vermont Legislature about that standard," said Donovan.

He asked the Portland police chief about what's changed on the force. She told him that they are not hiring the same types of candidates that they did 20 years ago because of the complexity and changing nature of the job today.

"These are incredibly complicated. Mental health is a huge issue. And at the end of the day, this is not a political issue, this is a public safety and public trust issue that we have to get right. There's too many of these shootings," said Donovan.

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