Keep Vermont Safe will hold a public workshop and panel discussion at City Hall in Burlington 6-8 pm Friday September 9, titled “Crime & Punishment,” to discuss the current state of public safety in Vermont, with particular focus on identifying impediments around policing, prosecuting and whether changes to the law should be made through the legislative process.
In 2020 many special interest groups around the United States began advocating for criminal justice reform. The hallmark organization leading the charge was the Black Lives Matter Organization which advocated for a “Defund The Police” Movement. The BLM movement was welcomed with open arms into many statehouses and municipalities around the United States and as a result many candidates for office also adopted similar “Defund the Police” policies. Since voting to Defund the Police, in 2020 Burlington, Vermont has seen an increase in burglaries, vehicle thefts, coordinated retail theft groups, increased drug crimes and gun fire incidents in the city.
This is the first in a series of three public workshops Keep Vermont Safe will host. This format will be a panel discussion with Michael Hall, Executive Director Vermont Police Coalition, Brady Toensing, Former Senior Counsel United States Department of Justice, Christina Nolan, Former United States Attorney for the District of Vermont hosted by a moderator addressing these topics:
> A Closer Look at Crime Statistics
> Examining Qualified Immunity
> Providing Law Enforcement and Prosecutors Appropriate Tools Through Legislative Action > How Law & Order is Being Restored in Other States
This workshop is free and open to the public, and will be held in Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington, Vermont from 6 PM to 8 PM. The event will be moderated by Christopher-Aaron Felker and Ericka Redic of Burlington.
If you are interested in attending, please register at:
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