BURLINGTON, Vt. — Last week, the dangerous lives of police officers were put on display for all the world. Six officers were shot in Philadelphia trying to serve a warrant, showing just how dangerous police work can be, Bearing Arms reports.
Now a Burlington City Councilor is mulling over whether police officers in the Queen City should be disarmed.
“How much is the lethal force — is it really causing at the end of the day, more harm than benefit?,” said Perri Freeman, a progressive representing the Central District.
She brought up the idea at a recent council meeting, saying communities should be thinking about new ways of policing in the United States. Freeman spent time in Iceland, where police are often unarmed, according to an article in The Washington Post.
Freeman argues there are times when police do need weapons, citing the recent mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso, but added that “the day in and day out of police work is not engaging with that.”
She hopes to change the culture of policing, calling current practices a reaction to systemic problems like inequality.
She just saw that six officers were shot trying to serve a warrant, but she calls for disarming police anyway?
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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