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St. Albans Brutality Case Shows Limits of Police Accountability Law

The St. Albans City Council summoned Police Chief Gary Taylor last week to explain his handling of a police brutality incident in which a senior officer punched a handcuffed woman in a holding cell. Yet the only person who actually asked the chief a question was 68-year-old Elaine Robtoy, who’d come to register her disgust.

“I’d like to know what kind of a background check you do on these officers,” she said, before Mayor Tim Smith warned that the venue wasn’t appropriate for an “interrogation.”

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