MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – Gov. Phil Scott allowed a bill passed by the Legislature overseeing the use of force by police to become law without his signature.
The new law, most of which takes effect July 1, outlines when Vermont police can use force and deadly force, and it bans certain restraints, such as neck holds. The law also outlines the procedures that will be used to implement the new policies.
In a message to the Legislature delivered Wednesday evening, the Republican governor said he shared the goals of the bill of strengthening the state’s use-of-force policies to protect citizens and law enforcement alike.
“I believe, by and large, our law enforcement officers and leaders are committed to the reform work necessary to achieve racial equity and helping to develop policies and training that ensure equal treatment, protection, and safety for all,” Scott said in his letter to the secretary of the Senate, the body where the legislation originated.