Full Video of Burlington Police Officers’ Association Press Conference held on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, courtesy of Burlington Free Press.
Source: Lawyer: Body cam video shows officer acted in self-defense with Douglas Kilburn – Burlington Free Press, July 3, 2019
“[Richard Cassidy, t]he lawyer for a Burlington police officer who is the subject of a use-of-force investigation says his client’s body camera footage makes clear that he was acting in self-defense.”
Source: Judge Orders Release of Bodycam Video from Kilburn Arrest – Seven Days, July 1, 2019
“Burlington officials must disclose bodycam video showing the March altercation outside the University of Vermont Medical Center between a city cop and Douglas Kilburn, who died three days later, a judge ruled Monday.”
“The decision is a win for the Burlington Police Officers’ Association, which sued on behalf of Officer Cory Campbell. Unless the city appeals to the Vermont Supreme Court, the footage will soon become public and may shed new light on the controversial case.
‘It will be good for everyone involved to see this, from Officer Campbell to the community at large,’ union president Dan Gilligan said.”
“Del Pozo and City Attorney Eileen Blackwood did not return calls for comment Monday. But Campbell’s attorney, Rich Cassidy, said he didn’t expect the city to appeal.
‘We think it’s good for union members to have this kind of video be readily available, because our people do a good job of doing very difficult work,’ he said.”
Source: Judge orders Burlington to release body cam footage to officer – VTDigger, July 1, 2019
“A state judge has ordered the City of Burlington to provide Officer Cory Campbell his body camera footage and other records from his encounter with Douglas Kilburn, who died days after Campbell punched him.”
“Richard Cassidy, the union’s lawyer, said he was very pleased by the ruling.
‘I never thought it was a close case, so we’re not surprised we would prevail,’ he said. ‘We’re really hopeful the city will release the video promptly.’
Cassidy said while the city has 30 days to appeal the court’s decision, he hoped they would not use that time on an appeal and would instead release the video.”
Source: Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office dismisses three major crime cases – NBC affiliate WPTZ, Channel 5 News, June 4, 2019
Rich comments on mental health care and the insanity defense for NBC affiliate WPTZ, Channel 5 News.
Source: The Push to Remove Any Mention of Slavery From Vermont’s Constitution – The Atlantic, June 1, 2019
“Perhaps because of this onerous process, Vermont’s constitution is svelte. Amendments are judged by voters and legislators alike on whether they fulfill basic needs and structural concerns, rather than whether they legislate any specific issue, says Richard Cassidy, an attorney who studies the state’s constitution. That has meant the document is much more generalized than many of its peers, some of which have hundreds of amendments and concern themselves with such relative banalities as the government of specific municipalities.”
Source: Mental Health Workers Seek to Ease Their ‘Duty to Warn’ – Seven Days Vermont, February 1, 2017
“In February 2011, 21-year-old Evan Rapoza walked into the basement of a St. Johnsbury apartment building where Michael Kuligoski was fixing the furnace. Rapoza attacked the 50-year-old repairman with a pipe wrench, strangled him with a belt and tried to drown him in a bucket of water. Rapoza, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, had never met the older man.
Kuligoski survived, but he has “very severe, permanent disabling injuries” and will never work again, according to his family’s attorney, Richard Cassidy. Rapoza was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial.”
Source: Rutland Native Starts Burlington Law Firm – Rutland Herald, November 11, 2016.
“BURLINGTON — Rich Cassidy’s passion for the law was first sparked in 1970, when he was volunteering for former Vermont Governor Phil Hoff’s run for the U.S. Senate as an anti-war candidate. Amid all the controversy surrounding the Vietnam War, Cassidy said he learned about the wide impact the law could have, and that it could be “a tool for making the world a better place.” “I said, ‘I want to have that ability in my tool box,’” he said….”
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