Vermont’s first black police chief compares being a cop to being black - Burlington Free Press

In this “subscriber-only” news article, the Montpelier Police Chief Brian Peete says that as a black man, he’s had to tiptoe around white people. Now as a cop in Vermont, he has to tiptoe around people who distrust police. It’s the same feeling, he says.

"Peete, 44, said he sees a parallel between his life as a Black man and the increased scrutiny many police officers — mostly white men — are facing for the first time. "I know what it’s like to have to tiptoe around people because I’m Black," Peete said. "Now, I have to tiptoe around other people the same way because I’m in uniform. The feeling is the exact same way.""

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  • David Flemming
    published this page in The News 2020-12-28 16:04:06 -0500