Police mishandled ‘funeral parade’ for man who shot himself after traffic stop - Reformer

Black rubber marks are the only visible sign of a Bellows Falls ‘funeral parade’ that involved illegal, dangerous behavior while police appeared to take no action.

"The parade was held in honor of Ethan Matthews, who died May 5 after a Bellows Falls police officer pulled him over for what police say was erratic driving on Atkinson Street. Before the officer could get out of his cruiser, Matthews, 25, shot himself in the head, Vermont State Police said. Bemis gave the trustees a briefing, but some trustees remained incredulous that the police didn't do more to stop the bad and at-times dangerous behavior. He said 50 vehicles — cars, trucks and commercial vehicles — participated in the parade. Trustee Jonathan Wright said he personally saw two men drag racing down School Street, which is a relatively quiet residential area of the village. "I don't know where to begin," he said. "People didn't do their job.""

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