Brattleboro to look into police Taser use


Saturday, July 28
BRATTLEBORO -- The town may be seeking an independent evaluation of police use of Tasers in arresting two protesters this week.

Acting Town Manager Barbara Sondag said that an internal report from police was not completed Friday as expected.

"We're looking if in-house -- if that is the best course to take," she said.

Sondag was the only one willing to speak after the Selectboard held an hour-long, closed-door meeting to discuss "personnel." Town Attorney Bob Fisher was also present at the meeting.

Nevertheless, it was clear the topic was Tasers and police response in arresting two Dummerston adults who had camped out on private property at the corner of Black Mountain and Putney roads.

The pair were part of a group that planted flowers and created rock sculptures on one of the last remaining open green spaces in the heavily commercial north end of town to protest a rumored truck stop and travel center.

The Selectboard has not yet commented officially on the week's events and board member Dora Bouboulis would only say there will be a statement, maybe as soon as next week.

-- Sabina Haskell


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