At the beginning of the meeting, a Montpelier city councilor was praising a resident calling for them to “Defund the Police” At the end of the meeting, the same city councilor said she’s sure glad the police are ready for the presumed Jan. 17 pro-Trump armed rally.
"The first was supplied by resident Abbey Jermyn, who expressed frustration with a budget proposal that would boost spending for police amid persistent calls to cut funding for local law enforcement and reallocate those resources in the interest of social justice. “We have to defund the ... police,” said Jermyn. Councilor Dona Bate, who praised Jermyn and others who spoke for their passion and persistence, provided the other roughly 3 hours later. “Kudos to the police department,” Bate told Police Chief Brian Peete. “We’re glad you’re there.”"
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