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Consultants to review local police policy

September 12, 2019

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A consulting organization hired to review the community relations policies of a Vermont police department has started a four-month study.

The Bennington Banner reports the International Association of Chiefs of Police is studying Bennington Police Department’s policies by gathering comments from residents and police officials.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan suggested the review following former state Rep. Kiah Morris’s decision to end her re-election campaign amid complaints of racially motivated harassment and threats.

Donovan directed the Bennington police to investigate Morris’ complaints. No arrests were made.

A self-described white supremacist, Max Misch, who admitted to trolling Morris, was subsequently charged on suspicion of illegal possession of high-capacity magazines.

Donovan says the Bennington police apparently had information about Misch’s violations, but did not share any of it with state police.

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Information from: Bennington Banner, http://www.benningtonbanner.com