City Councilor Wants To Disarm Officers, Claims Duty Weapons Escalate Violence

Burlington City Councilor Perri Freeman argued that the instances where officers need firearms are rare.

Burlington, VT – A local lawmaker has proposed the idea of disarming the Burlington police force, claiming that when officers carry duty weapons, they “escalate” the level of violence in the city.

“How much is the lethal force…is it really causing at the end of the day, more harm than benefit?” Burlington City Councilor Perri Freeman asked WPTZ.

Freeman claimed that officers perpetuate violence when they carry their duty weapons.

“It actually escalates the violence in our communities,” the councilor declared. “It doesn’t encourage people to be less violent.”

During a recent council meeting, Freeman floated the idea of disarming officers so that they more closely resemble the unarmed police forces she witnessed during her time in Iceland, WPTZ reported.

Freeman acknowledged that police need firearms at times, but argued that such instances are very rare.

“The day in and day out of police work is not engaging with that,” she told WPTZ.

She said that the most important goal is to charge the culture of policing, and to alter practices that contribute to problems such as racial inequality.

Burlington Police Officers’ Association (BPOA) President Daniel Gilligan said there are “very few places in the world” that have opted to disarm their police forces – and for good reason.

“To show up to an armed incident unarmed?” he said in disbelief. “I can’t think of anything more disadvantaged than that.”

Freeman said that her proposal would not be “an overnight thing,” and that it would take time to change the way the police department operates.

“It’s a gradual program,” she told WPTZ. “It’s talking about how do we really shift and talk about doing things maybe differently in a way that might be better in the long run.”

Freeman also said that she did not intend to offend law enforcement officers with her ideas, and claimed her goal is to keep her constituents safe.

Comments (197)
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Shastabeau
Shastabeau

So just leave them hanging in the f'n wind! Better idea! Why don't you just resign and get someone in there that has half a brain!

les0060
les0060

You just can't make this stuff up. Just so sad.

blues3d
blues3d

Another Left wing nut job. We need to start asking better question during elections. We can't keep electing people like this.

LynnSB
LynnSB

this POS has to be by far one of the most IGNORANT MORON I have seen to far -- Hey Dumb Azz why don't you walk in front of them ??

JBo
JBo

Let's disarm the police and the public. That way only the criminals will have guns and Ms. Freeman can post her home address and leave the door unlocked to prove her commitment to a safer community.

MSK
MSK

Was she on a day pass from the psychiatric institution when she was interviewed?

Watchman53
Watchman53

wander who the winch will call if so one break in with a gun and try to kill her*** a cop with a gun and hope and pray he/she get there in time

Mswain
Mswain

How many bad shoots would have been prevented by not giving every cop a gun?

Grog
Grog

These liberals are NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go back to Iceland you dumbass!!!!

4bconsulting
4bconsulting

How about telling her to have her constituents obey the law, duh. Why does lawful society members and LEO’s need to chang, how about the criminals. There must be something in the water in VT

ReneePerez
ReneePerez

So she wants to 'protect' her constituents with unarmed (and therefore unprotected police)? Yeah, I see her being an incumbent, NOT. They would be stupid to vote her in again. She's the one who is dangerous for the community.

NewtonDog
NewtonDog

@helen Cho Look, I found another Left Wing Nutjob who thinks like you and also won't lead by example and go on patrol without a gun.

maymay22
maymay22

What a snowflake moron. I think Perri should do America a favor and go live in Iceland. SMH.

JRM1607
JRM1607

Change the culture of policing? WTF, over! Oh yeah, let's change the culture of criminals first. Good luck with that.

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

I think nutso should do a month of ride-alongs and re-evaluate

KarenO
KarenO

Have all 911 calls routed to her phone.

grant99710
grant99710

What a maroon quote the “Bugs Bunny”!

bakerswife
bakerswife

Well, she fell off the Stupid Truck.

Jamest1148
Jamest1148

Has she even been in a ride-along? Perhaps she could enlighten the police forces of NYC, and Philadelphia with her infinite wisdom.

Ziva6
Ziva6

What an idiot.

Anomie88
Anomie88

I know its hard to understand, you liberal idiot, but if you don't commit a crime or threaten someone with the imminent threat of serious bodily injury or death, you don't have to worry about an officer's gun. Do you know what reducing violence in the community? It starts with keeping trash in prison, not glorifying bad behavior, making parents raise their children, suppressing the new fad of attacking officers, making communities responsible for their own and obeying the law. You can't make this stuff up. How can a group of people (leftists) become so out of touch with reality?

Sandy50
Sandy50

And if someone threatens u with a gun at at ur job and a cop response wouldn't u feel safer if he had a gun?

Megookin
Megookin

As the photo depicts, fondling yourself too much causes irreversible stupidity.

HRHLeia
HRHLeia

Lord help us from idiots like this. So decades of armed police has been fine...but now it escalates violence. SMH.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

It’s because of these guns that police carry, that you can walk freely and stand there and give such a ridiculous proposition. You fucking entitled bitch.

Naknaksdad
Naknaksdad

Her plan to disarm criminals that do not care about laws in the first place is to do what? Throw more of our money at them in a hope that it will make them happy? Does she think that everyone else being defenseless is going to give the criminal an Epiphany? To somehow find it's better self and toss their own weapons out the window? Now with a disarmed police force and armed criminals roaming the streets, what do the people do? Add more bars on their windows and hide under their beds? Seriously, where do these people come from?

Gridiron
Gridiron

Where are they getting this racial inequality from. She's an idiot and has never been in a confrontation with criminals

joel5160
joel5160

Shit for brains.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

I agree with her/it/him/whateva/ and it should base that idea in Baltimore or Philly, ya know, where it will be most effective....

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

It amazes me how people like to yap away at things they don’t know about and make assumptions just because they don’t appreciate police. Always looking to put the blame on police because if it were any other ordinary person news, it’s not news. But when police are involved, fingers are pointed, blame is thrown, and everyone who “thinks” they pay ONLY police with “their” taxes(as if police are exempt from taxes when we buy groceries and everything else. We aren’t FYI) think they need to know everything about police incidents right away. Go demand that to any other government entity that you pay your taxes to, good luck with getting an answer. NEWS FLASH: TAXES DO NOT ONLY PAY THE POLICE!!!! They pay dumb bitches like this, Firefighters, EMTs, your MAYOR, GOVERNOR, the people who tell you “I’m sorry sir/ma’am but you can’t get your license renewed because you don’t have all the right supporting documents.....”, the people who pick up your trash, city and state office workers (probably some of your wives or husbands-don’t forget) and all the other city officials you see lying to you in your face and on the news who “care” so much, as well as many other government positions. So before you try and get in police’s business and “demand” to know what going on because YOU pay our “salaries” think twice and maybe 3 times where your taxes really go. If you’d really like to know first hand of what’s going on, join your local police department. But you probably won’t, or can’t, or don’t qualify, hence such hate for police. Police is just 1 entity out of the many, so don’t think your nickel will go far in the police department. In fact, since police also pay taxes, I would most definitely say we pay ourselves. As I said before we aren’t exempt from taxes and they’re deducted out of every paycheck. Does YOUR job take money from YOUR check and pay you right back with it? Well that’s what happens to police, fire, EMT, and any other first responder or city and state workers. I’m pretty sure the majority of jobs out there don’t. If we all were exempt from paying taxes, then I’d have nothing to say but “yes sir” or “yes ma’am” “what else can I do for you?” But it’s not like that. So the ignorant “I’m paying your salary” go to statement is very outdated and unusable with police already. Maybe in the 1920s where people were actually respectful to police it would’ve carried some weight because if you want respect you have to give it, and that’s what they did back then. Disarming police is just a useless platform for her to further advance her career agenda. Crybabies and whiners made policing “evolve” around your outcries, grumbling and accusations. Since when is it a smart idea to disarm the only people who go towards the gunfire when everyone else is running away? Who will show up to your family members call for help when they are getting beat up? Attacked? About to be killed? Belongings stolen? Finding your child? How about finding your child doing wrong? How about the stolen vehicle that hit your loved ones coming home from school or work? Wouldn’t you be “demanding” that is our job to catch these people? Well how do you expect we “catch” these people responsible? By “politely” asking them to turn themselves in? You think they’ll just “comply” with what we say? Get your fucking head out of the clouds or your asses, and stop being ignorant like this bitch acting like she gives a shit about your community’s well being. Because if She really cared you’d know damn well she’s only be hurting the community and leaving them without protection. I know this is long and nobody cares to read what I wrote. But if you did, I appreciate it!! Haha. Venting session concluded.

Usaf9000
Usaf9000

San Joaquin County just authorized their deputies to carry AR-15’s at Lincoln Center Live Summer Fest. She won’t understand or be happy about that will she.

Bionikman
Bionikman

She was obviously the last one in first grade to learn how to tie her own shoes.

Bill Kay
Bill Kay

Criminal don’t respect LEO now ... take the firearm away and it will get better? I have a better idea ... make it a cop free zone around her house as a trial!

Theendisnear
Theendisnear

Sure thing,,,, how about we get rid of the Police all together, that way... there will be No Crime!!!

Mrdan
Mrdan

She likes the idea of disarmament because she saw it Iceland MB the cops in this town should help her pack up & send her to live in Iceland with the rest of anti gun nuts

RunCop
RunCop

Liberal piece of shit

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

What do you expect given Bernie was once mayor of Looptytown VT. It was a nice touch that she ‘didn’t want to offend the police’. I feel so much better.

Shield20
Shield20

Another example of "white guilt" liberalism whose solution is to enable criminals and disable Police while making headlines to get a couple votes.

EPD
EPD

Where is the Burlington Police Chief or his "Command Staff" in this conversation ! Only the BPOA stood up ? Unbelievable !

Sargejh
Sargejh

You can educate ignorance. But you can’t cure stupid.

Storm45
Storm45

Give us the same demographic representation in this country as Iceland, and many of our problems would vanish; drugs, a hyper-sexual/hyper- violent constituency, vulgar sub-culture speech, mores, music, welfare, incessant whining and the demand for a nanny state to care for them, maybe then this idiot’s idea might have some merit.

BAH330
BAH330

She’s really a special kind of stupid

Cartgal
Cartgal

Hmmm...Vermont? Yes.

Pbscottish
Pbscottish

She has ZERO common sense. Where is he supposed to keep his sidearm? back at station? Idiot

LarryNut
LarryNut

The city counsel needs to put her in uniform unarmed and have her go by herself to deal with a domestic violence call by herself. Then have her go to some robbery calls and the like in uniform unarmed and see if she thinks this is the way for police officers to go about their duties.

hoss377
hoss377

You cant do anything about stupid

GForce48
GForce48

ANOTHER GLARING example of how we can no longer entrust our collective security into the hands of Dems/Libs/Socialists as they do not have the safety and security of the American citizenry as a priority! They coddle and excuse the criminal element within our society.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

What frigging planet does she live on?

LoneStar1963
LoneStar1963

The only thing more ignorant than it's comments are the fools that elected it into office!

whatsurpoint
whatsurpoint

Why do voters elect these Far left Fools?? VOTERS COME ON its in your hands! Recall her for incompetency!!