A Vermont councilwoman for the city of Burlington is looking to disarm the local police department, claiming they should be more like officers in Iceland.
Perri Freeman, a progressive who represents the Central District in a city that was once run by Bernie Sanders, claims giving officers the option of lethal force might do more harm than good, and that Americans need to look to alternatives when it comes to policing.
“How much is the lethal force…Is it really causing at the end of the day, more harm than benefit?”, she said.
Freeman, who spent time in Iceland, claims that the U.S. could learn a thing or two about policing when it comes to the sparsely-populated Nordic island nation.
However, not everyone is on board.
“There are a lot of guns around, and we as the police try to put ourselves in the position of advantage all the time, and to show up to an armed incident unarmed? I can’t think of anything more disadvantaged than that,” said Dan Gilligan, president of the Burlington Police Officer’s Association.
According to NBC5, Freeman proposes that the move be a gradual process and that her idea was never meant to insult law enforcement.
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