Taxpayers to pay for acquitted officer's legal fees

WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) The town of Windsor has agreed to pay the legal fees for a former town police officer who was acquitted of charges related to a 2014 shooting during a drug sting.

The Valley News reports the Windsor Selectboard voted unanimously Tuesday to cover $62,000 in legal fees for former Windsor officer Ryan Palmer.

Selectboard chairman Rich Thomas said Wednesday taxpayers will cover the bill instead of the town's insurance company and the Windsor police union.

Town manager Tom Marsh says town's insurance company couldn't cover costs because it was a criminal case. Palmer says the police union would not pay for his legal council because of changeover within its leadership.

Palmer says he believes the Selectboard is doing the right thing.

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