Karma: Progressive Vermont City Struggling With Increased Crime Due To Its Own ‘Defund The Police’ Policy

Police officers left the force after the city ‘disrespected’ them

Burlington Vermont city council member Zoraya Hightower next to photo of Burlington Police - Credit: Fox News


A Vermont city is paying the price of slashing its police force by nearly 30% amid the defund the police movement that spread across the country in 2020.

“We’re in a situation that I think nobody wanted us to get to,” Burlington Councilor Zoraya Hightower, who introduced defunding the police force last year, told NBC News.


Burlington, a majority White college town near the Canadian border, slashed its police force by almost 30% by attrition. Hightower’s resolution last year was partially written by an activist group called the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance and included suggestions such as decreasing the number of officers from 105 to 74.

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