Activists ask Montpelier council to defund police - WCAX

The city council promised to act on requests to defund and replace the police department - but first it wants to hear from its newly-hired police chief.

"Casey says the council isn’t ready just yet to talk about whether to pull money from the police department. They’re waiting for Chief Peete to be sworn in next week. Councilors believe Peete, who is Black, will bring a new perspective to the city government. "As a Black man who grew up in Chicago, he’s going to come in with different experiences than ourselves," Casey said. "Rather than have that discussion before he arrived, we really wanted to honor him and he comes with wanting to have broad community discussions on this." Peete wasn’t available for comment, but he recently wrote a letter to Montpelier residents that touched on the racial strife the country is facing. “There are tough robust conversations coming about how to face and deal with the issues within our country and its institutions and I look forward to not only having them but acting on them,“ Peete said. Casey says Montpelier is facing an estimated $1.4 million budget deficit due to COVID-19, so cuts will likely be made, but the council is still deciding where exactly to make those cuts.”

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  • Mark Maloney
    commented 2020-06-27 20:52:34 -0400
    When trouble hits, maybe the residents of Mount Peculiar can just call their local Antifa folks. This call to defund the police is simply a rush to anarchy…can’t wait to see how that works out.
  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2020-06-27 20:35:36 -0400
    Quick Mount Peculiar, you don’t want Burlington to be the first city in Vermont too defund their Police ! That would make them even loonier than you. Remember, 2nd place is just the 1st place loser ! Ya can’t have that ! Unbelievable !!!!