Middlebury Police Department

MIDDLEBURY —  Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley is recovering following a heart attack suffered during the morning of Friday, April 2. During a brief email exchange with the Independent Monday morning, the chief said he also sustained a sprained knee and three broken toes during his collapse from the cardiac event — his second since helming Middlebury PD 30 years ago. The chief said he underwent successful emergency surgery at University of Vermont Medical Center. “The folks at UVM were fabulous, as was Middlebury Regional EMS and our two officers who were first responders,” Hanley said. “...
We have written previously about the racist history of policing in our country and how police are doing exactly what they were created to do: protecting property over human lives. It might feel good to tell ourselves that Middlebury is different, but the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance’s database of traffic stops by race in Vermont has clear data showing otherwise. From this data set, covering years 2014-2018, we can see that the Middlebury Police Department (MPD) stopped Black drivers at a rate higher than expected, given the number of Black drivers, for four out of the five years. These...
The history of the police may seem like it was a long time ago, and it is tempting to think that we should focus only on the present. However, the history of police is not only a relic. Even the star shape of the police badge, which originated from the first slave patrol badge, upholds that system that was created not so long ago. Another example is the use of dogs to enforce terror during slave catching, during civil rights protests, and today — it has even occurred in town against a Black Middlebury resident this summer. It is exactly this past that has led us to where we are today, making...
Some weeks ago I wrote a letter supporting our Middlebury Police Department and suggesting that defunded police could invite militia completely beyond public control to take over our streets. Subsequent letters by others to the Addison Independent documented troubling encounters with police that suggest racial profiling. Such activity needs to be and can be reined in. However, it is not an adequate reason to defund our police any more than racism in local schools is an argument to defund our schools. Since my previous letter, my worst fears have materialized as federal shock troops, a highly...
George Floyd died after being taken into custody by officers of the Minneapolis Police Department. My initial familiarity with this case began with media images and reports. I see Mr. Floyd, handcuffed behind his back, face down on the pavement, next to a police vehicle, with a police officer, knee on the back of Mr. Floyd’s neck using his own body weight to pin Mr. Floyd down. Mr. Floyd is in obvious distress and repeatedly tells the officers he can’t breathe. The officer maintains this position for a reported 8-9 minutes until at some point Mr. Floyd is in respiratory distress and...
MIDDLEBURY — An Addison County investigator of sex crimes against children is now back at work after a two-week hiatus, which began late last month after Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton decided to drop the state-funded post from his department due to its cost and what he said was a decline in cases. But local advocates for the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations (ACUSI) detective’s position took issue with Newton’s statistics and said there’s plenty of work to keep the position busy. The investigator in question, Det. Lt. Ruth Whitney, will now fall under the jurisdiction of...

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