Protesters call for firing of 3 Burlington police officers for sixth day

Protesters calling for the firing of three officers involved in incidents where use of force came into question are in their sixth day of camping outside the Burlington Police Department.

The demonstration was sparked by the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, which reignited protesters’ demands to have the three Burlington officers removed from the force, WPTZ-TV reported. A petition that’s amassed more than 80,000 signatures was created in 2019, gaining steam after the May police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Protesters march through Battery Park on Aug. 27, 2020, calling on the Burlington Police Department to fire officers Joseph Corrow, Jason Bellavance and Cory Campbell.

The department cleared the officers to return to work after investigations. Two lawsuits over the incidents are still in litigation.

The protesters also want all Chittenden County police to wear body cameras and to make the footage public for free.

Burlington police wear body cameras and the department recently changed its use-of-force policy. Attorney General T.J. Donovan said he wants to see a universal use-of-force policy throughout the state.

“Let’s have the best and highest standard in the nation, which force is a last resort,” he said.