BURLINGTON, Vt. – City Council members agreed Monday to appoint a special panel to lead a city-wide review of the Burlington Police Department, including its use of force policy.
The resolution, which passed 11-1, comes in the wake of separate altercations involving the use of force by three Burlington officers, Cory Campbell, Jason Bellavance and Joseph Corrow.
As anger mounted over the altercations, Mayor Miro Weinberger called for public engagement by police, community advocates and representatives of communities of color to review of use of force and other policies.
Council rejected a proposal by three Progressives members who want more immediate change in the department.
Progressive councilors Jack Hanson, Perri Freeman and Max Tracy had wanted the department to cap the size of the police force at current levels and work toward reducing the number of officers over time. The money saved would be used to hire more social workers and other social service providers.
The proposal echoed some of the demands made last month by Black Lives Matter of Greater Burlington, which has also called for the firing of Campbell, Bellavance and Corrow for “displaying a pattern of violence without provocation or just cause.”