You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.


Vt. police say they are working to reduce bias

Continue reading below

Two of Vermont’s top police leaders said they are working to eliminate biased policing in their departments. The comments from the police chiefs in Burlington and Rutland came after the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union released a report saying blacks are more likely than whites to be arrested on marijuana charges in the state. The ACLU used federal crime statistics and US Census data from 2001 to 2010 to determine that blacks were 4.4 times more likely than whites to be arrested on marijuana charges in Vermont. The national figure was 3.73 percent more likely. Rutland Police Chief James Baker and Burlington Chief Mike Schirling said they are not familiar with the ACLU marijuana report, but say they are working to eliminate all bias.

Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of