Understaffed Burlington police unable to respond to Pride March assault on gay man by trans activists

Fred Sargeant, after being assaulted on Church Street by trans marchers in the Burlington Pride Parade.

By Guy Page

Burlington police did not respond Sunday to reports of an assault by trans activists on a gay leader and retired cop at the Pride March Sunday because there was no “immediate life-safety component,” Burlington Police Chief Jon Murad said Tuesday. 

Longtime gay rights activist, retired police officer, and Vermont resident Fred Sargeant was shoved by trans activists, who also poured coffee on him and tried to seize his sign. Sergeant is among the gay rights activists who insist that gender is a physical reality and not a question of identity.

Three days after the assault, no Vermont media has covered it (except Vermont Daily Chronicle, yesterday). However, the Rupert Murdoch-owned Daily Mail in England published a report last night. 

Police determined from the call that the incident didn’t merit immediate response under the response plan implemented in response to police defunding and shortstaffing. “This call was stacked as part of the Priority Response Plan,” Murad said.

“We are looking into this incident,” Police Chief Jon Murad said in an email to Vermont Daily Chronicle yesterday. “On Sunday 9/18/22 at 1301 hours, during the PRIDE March, we received a report categorized as a “Disturbance,” in which a caller advised that a male at Church St and Bank St was allegedly carrying an offensive sign and was upsetting people in the parade. 

“The caller stated that someone dumped coffee on the person with the sign. At 1305 hours, a second caller alleged that the man with the sign elbowed her friend, and her friend wanted to speak with police. With no immediate life-safety component, this call was stacked as part of the Priority Response Plan.

“On Sunday 9/18/22 at 1553 hours, more than two hours after the PRIDE March ended, we received a report from a nurse at the UVMMC Emergency Dept who stated that a patient advised that he had been assaulted at the parade and wanted to make a report. As it was an incident in the past, and the Priority Response Plan was in effect, response was delayed. An officer contacted the hospital at approximately 1830 hours and learned that the man was no longer at the hospital and the phone number on file was not valid.

“If additional information becomes available, particularly if complainants come forward, the BPD will take appropriate next steps.”

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9 replies »

  1. Like I have said before, don’t interrupt them.
    They are making mistakes and it’s better to have them crumble on their own and intervene when a sure result will come out.
    Sort of like how the people of culture nations (the emergent world) are doing with the US and it’s instabilty.

  2. I guess I was under the impression that all events in Burlington had to meet safety requirements (which included adequate number of peace officers). I guess that is another thing the Democratic / Progressive City council doesn’t maintain. I guess downtown Burlington just isn’t safe, even during the daytime. If you live in Burlington and you re-elect any of these jackels back in the city council, you have zero right to complain.

  3. How is this not a “hate” crime? Where’s the Mayor? The city council? the Attorney General? the complicit Media? We all know where: far far from this incident. This depicts the dystopian world these so-call activists subscribe to (perpetuating violence on the community) . Can you just imagine the uproar if this was some “proud boys” assault on a gay rights activist? This exposes the complete and total hypocrisy of Progressives in Vermont. When will Vermonters hold them accountable? Or are Vermonters just fine living in a State that supports selective violence on its citizens depending on where you line up on the sacred tenants of Progressives: Class, race, religion, and gender.

  4. This incident certainly highlights the abject failure of Burlington’s current policies and politics. I think the Urban Dictionary definition of abject failure to be the most apt.

  5. At this time, we are witnessing where they start eating their own. Their wickedness turns back onto them and devours them from the inside out. Hallelujah!

  6. Another example of the danger of the leftist concept of the “microaggression” gaining acceptance in society. Someone said something that was deemed hurtful and the supposedly-aggrieved party responded with physical violence. This is how civil wars begin. Isn’t lefty-world wonderful?

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