Left-Wing Vermont City Council Considers Disarming Its Own Police Force


A liberal Vermont city councilwoman has proven to be so anti-gun that she even wants her own local police department to disarm.

Burlington, Vermont, councilwoman Perri Freeman — who calls herself a “progressive Democrat” — insisted that it makes sense because some foreign nations don’t arm their police, according to 1360 KKTX radio.

“Realizing that there are actually several countries where they’re not using firearms for their regular police duties. Just to name a few: the U.K., Ireland, Iceland,” Freeman told the media. “I started thinking critically about what is the next step in terms of policing practices, whether that’s having more sophisticated training for officers, having a different expectation.”

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The head of the city’s police union was not amused by the policy suggestion.

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Dan Gilligan, president of the Burlington Police Officer’s Association, pointed out that unlike other countries, the U.S. has a lot of guns around. Gilligan said that disarming the police would leave them vulnerable.

“There are a lot of guns around, and we as the police, try to put ourselves in the position of advantage all the time, and to show up to an armed incident unarmed? I can’t think of anything more disadvantaged than that,” Gilligan said.

Burlington’s mayor is also not very supportive of the idea.

“I think it’s really quite unrealistic to think they can do their job effectively and be safe themselves and keep the public safe if they were to be disarmed,” Mayor Miro Weinberger said. “My sense is this is an idea that is really out of touch with the reality that the men and women of the Burlington Police Department face as they work every day to keep the city safe.”

Freeman, though, is undaunted. She still thinks disarming the police is the “progressive” thing to do.

She thinks that police are going around indiscriminately killing people and disarming the police will help solve the problem. A second step will then be new “training.”

“It’s not an overnight thing. It’s a gradual program. It’s talking about how do we really shift and talk about doing things maybe differently in a way that might be better in the long run,” the councilwoman added.

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