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Vermont Woman Shown on Video Cutting Cop’s Throat with Knife Acquitted

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.1815198

Jennifer Berube, 40, was caught on security cameras attacking Officer Damon Nguyen's with a knife during an arrest in Rutland in December 2012. She was acquitted of second-degree murder, as well as a lesser charge.

A Vermont woman who sneaked up behind a police officer while under arrest and allegedly tried to slit his throat with a knife was found not guilty of attempted murder.

Jennifer Berube, 40, was acquitted of attempted second-degree murder and a lesser charge of attempted aggravated assault on Friday by a jury in Rutland, a city in western Vermont about 60 miles south of Burlington.

Berube and her former husband, John MacLean III, were arrested in December 2012 for trying to use a stolen credit card, the Times Argus newspaper reported.

While in police custody, Berube, who was homeless and hooked on heroin at the time, believed she heard MacLean trying to hang himself with his shoelaces in his holding cell, the Times Argus newspaper reported.

In a bid to help, she slipped a Leatherman tool out of a hidden jacket pocket and attacked Officer Damon Nguyen with it.

Surveillance footage from inside the station house showed Berube grabbing Nguyen by the neck with a 2-inch blade in her hand before getting overpowered by several other officers.

Nguyen suffered a cut near his jugular vein and was treated at a hospital.

He has since recovered and was back on the job.

It took the 12-man jury less than two hours to acquit Berube.

During the trial, her defense attorneys argued she was merely trying to scare the officer, not kill him.

"She's an RN. She knows how to use a knife. If she wanted to kill she would have plunged the knife right in," attorney Daniel Sedon told the Times Argus after the verdict.

Prosecutors and other city officials, including the mayor, said they were disappointed in the verdict.

"I'm shocked and dismayed, quite frankly, not just by the verdict but by the disappointment I feel on behalf of members of the police department," Mayor Christopher Louras told the newspaper.

"I'm not convinced justice was served in this case."

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Re: Vermont Woman Shown on Video Cutting Cop’s Throat with Knife Acquitted

Thanks for posting the video, gatagato. Back up sure took their time getting there. I'm glad the officer is ok but this woman definitely belongs behind bars. She should have been searched thoroughly. She shouldn't have been able to get a weapon into the cell with her.

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Re: Vermont Woman Shown on Video Cutting Cop’s Throat with Knife Acquitted

If some of the other cops had intervened and shot her to death, nobody could complain about it, as it would be the standard procedure: so, basically, it would have been ok to kill her on the spot, but now is wrong to sentence her to 20 years in prison (to say the very least)

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Re: Vermont Woman Shown on Video Cutting Cop’s Throat with Knife Acquitted

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Back up sure took their time getting there
not only did they take forever, the female depute was useless..lol...

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not only did they take forever, the female depute was useless..lol...
I think they all need better training. Letting a prisoner into a cell with a weapon, taking too long to respond, not being able to take the prisoner down very fast. The officer is lucky to be alive.

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Re: Vermont Woman Shown on Video Cutting Cop’s Throat with Knife Acquitted

Proof she tried to murder the cop and she gets off....wow.

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Re: Vermont Woman Shown on Video Cutting Cop’s Throat with Knife Acquitted

Waaaaaaaay too gentle with her.

Enough PAIN cuts through insanity, deceit, psychosis, general BS, etc.

At least temporarily.

Looks like, at a minimum, a shattered hand and a broken jaw was called for.

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Re: Vermont Woman Shown on Video Cutting Cop’s Throat with Knife Acquitted

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If some of the other cops had intervened and shot her to death, nobody could complain about it, as it would be the standard procedure: so, basically, it would have been ok to kill her on the spot, but now is wrong to sentence her to 20 years in prison (to say the very least)
I can't load the video on my phone, but deputies and police officers in many jurisdictions don't bring their sidearms into jails or prisons.

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I can't load the video on my phone, but deputies and police officers in many jurisdictions don't bring their sidearms into jails or prisons.
The one who was attacked doesn't look to carry a sidearm indeed: the other two look they are tho:

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Anyway, with all the time they took to intervene, they could to a gun shop, buy some new weapon, load it, test it, come back and find those two still scuffling

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