City of Burlington will not take legal action against Trump over unpaid invoice

first_imgby Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said this morning that the city will not pursue the Trump Campaign through the court system in an attempt to collect an unpaid bill. Trump was billed for extra police and related services when he gave a speech at the Flynn Theater in early January. The much publicized event drew a long-line of supporters to hear the presumptive Republican presidential nominee speak. Extra police were called in and Main Street in front of the Flynn was blocked off. A small but vocal group opposing Trump also showed up. The entire event was peaceful.Left: Supporters line up January 7, 2016, to hear presidential candidate Donald Trump speak at the Flynn in Burlington. The line went down Main Street, down St Paul Street and all the way to Adams Street. Very Top Photo: Police keep a watch on the Trump rally and protest on Main Street. Vermont Business Magazine photos.The mayor issued this statement: “After careful investigation into the First Amendment and other legal considerations, we have come to the conclusion that it would be difficult to hold Donald Trump legally liable for the costs the City incurred to make his January rally in Burlington a safe and successful event. Thus, it would not be cost effective for the City to pursue collections remedies through the courts.Opponents of Trump, mostly Bernie Sanders supporters rally across the street from the Flynn.“That said, Mr. Trump’s failure to cooperate with local law enforcement officials and lack of communication with the public and ticketholders put undue strain on the City’s police, and unnecessarily hurt downtown businesses. Paying the invoice remains the right and honorable thing for Mr. Trump to do.“Finally, I want to again thank the Burlington Police for their exemplary work during Mr. Trump’s visit to Burlington. The skill and professionalism of our officers were critical in ensuring that Mr. Trump’s Burlington rally did not result in the kind of violence and chaos that have all too often accompanied his campaign events.”Source: City of Burlington 6.8.2016last_img read more