“Hey, hey, ho, ho, Mayor Weinberger’s got to go,” police defunders chanted outside the Burlington mayor’s home. No doubt he was thinking the same thing about them.
"Armed with a sousaphone, drums and several loudspeakers, the activists took over the otherwise quiet Hill Section street, blocking traffic with their cacophonous parade. Chants of "Black lives matter" alternated with "Hey hey, ho ho, Mayor Weinberger's got to go." Activists have mobilized in recent days to denounce Weinberger's fiscal year 2021 budget proposal. After calls to defund police, the mayor proposed not filling 12 vacant officer positions in order to trim $1.1 million from the proposed $17.4 million police budget. In the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Burlington activists have demanded that the city trim much more — 30 percent of its force — and invest the funds in communities of color."
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