A Twitter thread posted Thursday afternoon shows what the bystander described as a bullethole in a car windshield and the path of a bullet fired by a Burlington police officer.
In interviews with detectives later at the hospital, David Johnson said “he called the police because he wanted the police to kill him,” police wrote in an affidavit.
Councilors also heard from residents who expressed anger and frustration in response to a police shooting that hospitalized a Burlington resident over the weekend.
Vermont State Police are investigating the incident, which began when three Burlington officers responded to an “unspecified emergency” at 249 Manhattan Drive shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday.
“Kayla was the kind of woman that was not afraid to be herself,” said a former colleague. “She was proud, goal oriented, and on her way to accomplishing great things in life.”
The arrest was made Aug. 5, one day after Badal Khadka, 19, was indicted in federal court for allegedly making a false statement to an agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The 21-year-old is accused of throwing objects through windows around Golden Place and Locust Terrace early Tuesday morning.
The moderator of a Burlington-based Facebook group said it has reunited about 30 to 40 bikes with their owners since its creation last month.
The Burlington City Council on Monday night voted to ratify a three-year contract with the city’s police union. This is the first contract agreement since the council cut the force by 30% two years ago.
"This morning’s murder and attempted murder of two young women was a terrible act of violence — among the very worst the city’s seen in the last decade,” Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said. “Our thoughts right now are very much with the surviving victim.”
Following Burlington’s annual report on how its policing affects people of different races, the city’s police watchdog group is asking law enforcement to work with a third party to address potential racial bias.
Black residents of the city commended the declaration by Mayor Miro Weinberger, but some also criticized the mayor for not doing enough to address systemic racism.
Some city councilors questioned Mayor Miro Weinberger’s $1.2 million “rebuilding plan,” saying the city’s ongoing police reform efforts should be top priority in next year’s budget.
In response to the state’s highest law enforcement vacancy rate seen in decades, Vermont State Police are aiming to augment local policing shortages and improve the agency’s image. Dispatch centers, the training academy and local agencies are taking on additional mitigation strategies.