In announcing his decision to ask the state police to investigate an officer's use of less-lethal force, Vermont's Attorney General William Sorrell said he's worried about the public perception that there may be "more rogue cops" in his state, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Sorrell has asked the state police to investigate a Rutland police officer who used a pepper-ball gun on an unruly, and handcuffed, prisoner in a department holding cell on New Year's Day.

The officer, Michael Nesshoever, has resigned. Last week, Rutland Police Chief Anthony Bossi was quoted as saying he did not think Nesshoever's conduct required a criminal investigation.

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