The death of a 54 year old Burlington man on March 11th, 2019 has been linked to an altercation he had with a police officer days before. The cause of death has been deemed by the medical examiner in the death report to be because of the various skull fractures the deceased received from a Burlington police officer.
Officer Was Trying to Subdue the Victim
Douglas Kilburn was the subject of a 911 call made by the University of Vermont Medical Center. The officers responded to reports of a disorderly individual. Burlington police claimed that Kilburn punched one of the officers in the face and the officer punched him back.
Officer Cory Campbell in his efforts to subdue Kilburn used brutal force behind his punches. There were no firearms involved in the incident even though there could have been. Kilburn was admitted to the hospital following the March 11th incident and treated for his injuries which he would not have if he just had respect for America and its police. However, he was discharged the next day as per Vermont State Police. Kilburn was found dead three days later.
Kilburn’s Death Certificate Released
Kilburn’s death certificate ruled his death as a homicide because there were no apparent medical conditions, except skull fractures, to contribute to his death. The death certificate clearly states that the fractures suffered by Kilburn in the parking lot of the medical center during his altercation with Officer Campbell were the major cause of his death.
Officer Campbell has been placed on administrative duty since March 18th when the full repercussions of the death certificate came to light. He was hired on July 19th, 2016 by Burlington police and has an unblemished record of service with no disciplinary history.
The investigation to check whether the use of force by officer was appropriate or not is being carried out by Vermont State Police.
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