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Lawsuit Accuses Burlington Police of Using Excessive Force on Black Teen With Disabilities

Posted on AllSides January 31st, 2024
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The mother of a Black teenager with intellectual disabilities is suing the City of Burlington, alleging that police officers used excessive force when they pinned him to his bed to retrieve a stolen e-cigarette in 2021. Filed on Tuesday in Vermont Superior Court, the suit says officers "needlessly escalated" the situation, and then city EMTs forcibly sedated the 14-year-old boy with ketamine. The sedative gained notoriety in 2019 after it was administered to a young Black man in Colorado who later died. The Burlington incident grabbed national attention in early...

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