Donovan urges review of Bennington police’s handling of racial harassment

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Chittenden County State's Attorney TJ Donovan addresses reporters

Vermonts Attorney General T.J. Donovan is urging a review of how the Bennington Police Department handled reports of racial harassment against the state’s only black female lawmaker, who later resigned.

Donovan said Monday that an outside expert should review the department’s policies and procedures and urged the town to hire one.

The NAACP Vermont branch and the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont are also calling for a review, including whether evidence was withheld.

Donovan has said “there was a breakdown in Bennington.”

His office took over the investigation of racial harassment against then-Rep. Kiah Morris in August and announced last month that no charges would be filed because of free speech protections.

The town manager did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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