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Trooper suspended for DC riot remarks resigns

Late last evening, prior to the anticipated conclusion of the investigation into his conduct related to the Capitol insurrection, Lucas Hall resigned his position, the Vermont Department of Public Service reports.

His unconditional resignation was immediately accepted. The details of the investigation will be forwarded to the Vermont Criminal Justice Council pursuant to Act 56 for consideration of sanctions, including decertification.

Prior Detail – January 7, 2021

Statement of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling regarding Sergeant Lucas Hall.

This morning the Vermont State Police received a report of personal, off duty, social media posts by Lucas Hall of the Shaftsbury barracks. These posts appear to support the criminal insurgency that occurred yesterday at the U.S. Capitol and to advocate for such insurgency to continue. While we recognize the rights of all people including sworn law enforcement officers to express their views, advocating for the overthrow of the constitutionally defined democratic election process by force or violence violates our oath of office to uphold the Constitution.

After being initially briefed by Colonel Birmingham, I immediately opened an internal investigation suspended Hall without pay while we swiftly explored what further lawful personnel actions were immediately available. We anticipate that our internal investigation will be completed within a few days and will update the public as soon as possible.

These actions, if true, have caused pain and anguish on the part of Vermonters during an already indescribably stressful time in our national history and for that we are saddened and sorry.

It is important to state in the strongest terms that these posts are in no way reflective of the beliefs and values of the Vermont State Police or its dedicated troopers and staff, who work each and every day to uphold the constitution and the rule of law.

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  1. What a sad tale, no one is allowed to have a private opinion on their own social media site. Freedom of speech is now censored. And this trooper was probably threatened into resigning to preserve political correctness for the department.
    I hope he finds a better job in a state that doesn’t bow down to the cancel culture of today’s liberal media. Reminds me of the principal here in Vermont fired for saying “all lives matter” on her social media site, not at school but at home!

  2. If I read this correctly, the trooper, on his own time and on his own equipment posted a personal opinion about the capital riots which don’t conform to the leftist viewpoint and so they fired him. Is that what this is all about? When a person becomes a trooper, do they have to forfeit their first Amendment rights? Did he actually advocate overturning the presidential election results (like thousands and thousands of other citizens around our country). Just trying to keep the facts straight.

  3. Officer Hall, keep your options open, like being able to sue for employment discrimination. We may yet learn all those really behind the capitol rioting (among much else), even as videos of antifa goons leading the crowd into the capitol get memory-holed just as fast as shared. What mattered was taking everyone’s attention away from the stolen election, the massive evidence of which no one wants to admit exists. Wake up sheeple. If they can eliminate your vote, your voice, your job, your business, your ability to travel, etc., etc., then what’s next?

  4. Do we know the content of his posts? The fact that they are not reported raises questions. No one has reprinted President Trump’s remarks because they contradict the charge that he incited violence. These are his parting words to supporters: we’re going to walk down… to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women.” Donald Trump January 6, 2021

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