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Chokeholds banned in Vermont, state police must wear body cameras

WNYT Staff
Updated: July 16, 2020 07:29 AM
Created: July 16, 2020 05:12 AM

Police will no longer able to use chokeholds in Vermont, and state troopers will be wearing body cameras.

Gov. Phil Scott singed a bill into law that seeks to address racial bias and excessive use of force by law enforcement beginning August 1.

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The legislation comes after the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police officers, which sparked calls for police reform.  

Gov. Scott calls it a starting point.

"I know they rushed to get it through for worthwhile reasons, but we think when they get back it'll be worthwhile to take a second look... to make sure we get it right,” Gov. Scott said.

NewsChannel 13’s NBC affiliate in Vermont reports that Scott asked legislators to revisit and refine parts of the law when they come back from break. This includes the scope of the body camera program, which is something that state police and the Department of Public safety and state police will need to figure out together.


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