Middlebury police probe racist incidents

MIDDLEBURY — Police in Middlebury are investigating more incidents of leaving racist messages in public places, or of stealing anti-racist messages. The latest is a series of posters supporting the “Patriot Front,” a white supremacist group. Citizens found them on posted on a post office box in the Marble Works, on a box behind the National Bank of Middlebury, and on a number of bus stops, some utility poles and the like.  Police Chief Tom Hanley said he believed most were ripped down without being reported … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Policing rooted in racism; Middlebury isn’t exempt

The history of the police may seem like it was a long time ago, and it is tempting to think that we should focus only on the present. However, the history of police is not only a relic. Even the star shape of the police badge, which originated from the fi … (read more)

Bristol talk focuses on town police department

BRISTOL — Many of the nearly 60 people who participated in Monday night’s Community Conversation on Bristol Policing expressed support and appreciation for the Bristol Police Department.  Many also came with questions and concerns for Bristol Police Chief … (read more)

Editorial: Bristol: Reimagining policing

As the national debate focuses—at least in part in this era of a Trump-induced crisis-per-minute—on its public police forces, it’s heartening to see the Bristol community rally around its police chief and be willing to think anew about how community polic … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Police racism is undeniable

When Chief Hanley stated, “I reject completely the notion that Middlebury PD engages in systemic racism and I’m not going to engage in a debate over it,” in a previous article (“‘Defund the police’ arrives in Middlebury,” 6/25/20), it further confirms tha … (read more)

Bristol to host meeting on police issues

BRISTOL — Bristol will host a community discussion about its police department on Monday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. With assistance from Northeast Addison Television (NEAT) the town is hoping to convene the meeting simultaneously in Holley Hall and via Zoom, thou … (read more)

City council seeks group to oversee police

VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council and more than five dozen people discussed the need for a citizen group to oversee the city police force in a July 16 meeting that started off with the resignation of Mayor Jeff Fritz. Despite the hullabaloo caused by … (read more)

Bristol eyes community talk about policing

BRISTOL — Bristol residents who wish to learn more about the policies, practices and culture of the Bristol Police Department will soon get the chance to share their questions and concerns with BPD Chief Bruce Nason and other town officials. The selectboa … (read more)

Midd police investigate hate speech Marble Works surveillance video

youtu.be/hkGSj3vrHfE Middlebury police are asking for the public’s help in looking for someone who painted hate speech on sidewalks in Middlebury late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.  See the full story by clicking here.

Middlebury police investigate hate speech graffiti

Middlebury police are asking for the public’s help in looking for someone who painted hate speech on sidewalks in Middlebury late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Shortly after 5 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, several hate symbols were found painted … (read more)

Northlands to pay for city police work

VERGENNES — Vergennes and Northlands Job Corps have struck a deal that will pay the city $51,000 a year for police services, including student outreach and mentoring and staff training as well as law enforcement. The city has for 21 years sought compensat … (read more)

City council to discuss police force allegation

VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council will hold a special online meeting at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday to talk about an unspecified allegation against the city’s police department. The one item on the agenda reads, “Discussion regarding accusations that the V … (read more)

Vergennes council to discuss alleged police intimidation

VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council will hold a special online meeting at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday to talk about an unspecified allegation against the city’s police department. The one item on the agenda reads, “Discussion regarding accusations that the V … (read more)

Middlebury police seek stories of verbal threats

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police are investigating an on-going issue involving a male verbally assailing others with racist comments. Authorities are looking for people who have been subject to such behavior. The police are encouraging anyone who has been s … (read more)

Abdulaziz offers his view on police response

BRANDON — A Black man who was ordered by Middlebury police to “raise his hands” after an erroneous report that he had been detaining a woman at gunpoint off Mary Hogan Drive is now talking about the incident. Bashiru Abdulaziz, a 38-year-old man who lives … (read more)

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