Vermont has become a very pathetic version of a Simpsons episode. When a character complained to the police that someone what trying to kill her, the chief of police responded by saying, "I'll tell you what I tell everybody who comes in here: The law is powerless to help you".
So the character takes the law into her own hands and attempts battery on the suspect. The police promptly arrive and arrest the lady.
When she says, "I thought you said you were powerless", the chief of police responds "I said the law was powerless to help you, not harm you".