Shelburne Vermont Police Traffic Stop and Misconduct
I’ve set up this website because I’ve had three contacts with the Shelburne Vermont Police Department and in all three instances, including once in court under oath, the officers of that department have been deliberately deceptive and dishonest. For instance, please see the judge’s reaction to the testimony of Officer Jason Lawton in “Court Testimony.” Dishonesty seems to be ingrained in the culture there and encouraged, or at least condoned, by the management of that department (see email from Sergeant Allen Fortin under “Complaint”).
The assumption seems to be that dishonesty is okay because it is unlikely that the general public will ever find out about one-on-one dealings between the public and its officers. I’ve set up this website to prove their assumption incorrect.
Basically, I was pulled over in the middle of the night for no reason, and when I objected, admittedly in strong terms, the officer gave me a ticket for something he knew I didn’t do — run a red light. I filed a complaint and the officer’s supervisor, Sergeant Allen Fortin, responded that the cruiser video indicated that I did drive through the red light. I sent a letter of apology to the officer and requested a copy of the cruiser video. No response. After repeated requests, and sending in $45, still no video. When I started throwing around terms like “suppression of evidence” and “obstruction of justice,” the video was forthcoming. It indicated (see video above) that I did not drive through the red light.
In court, the officer tried to have the charge dismissed rather than testify. I objected. The officer testified under oath and committed perjury. See the judge’s reaction.