BURLINGTON, Vt. — The attorney for a homeless man charged with cutting a Vermont police officer with a knife says her client has mental health needs that aren’t being addressed by the state.

Attorney Margaret Jansch says 41-year-old Jason Breault is facing a variety of charges stemming from a Saturday morning incident in which a Burlington police officer suffered a minor injury when taking a knife away from him. Breault is being held without bail.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said Monday the state’s judicial system isn’t doing enough to protect the public and police from suspects with long criminal histories.

Jansch says Breault has been arrested nearly weekly since last fall. She says he’s homeless and the criminal justice system is not the place to treat people with mental health issues.

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