Religious leaders in Bridgeport wish clarity in review of patrolman fatally sharpened teen
June 3, 2017 - storage organizer
Community snub grew when a cellphone video of a failing Negron, handcuffed and on open arrangement after being shot, strike a internet shortly after a May 9 shooting, nearby a intersection of Fairfield Ave. and Park Ave.
“I saw a video once,” pronounced Jazmarie Melendez, a sister of Negron. “That was it. And we didn’t wish to see it ever again.”
Family and friends assimilated preaching Friday during a stage of a shooting.
“Only a pure and timely review of a sharpened will build a certainty indispensable for improved community, military and city supervision relationship,” pronounced Rev. Anthony Bennett of Bridgeport’s Mount Aery Baptist Church.
Bridgeport military pronounced rookie officer James Boulay shot and killed Negron after a teen scarcely ran him over in a stolen car.
“In Sep 2015, afterwards claimant for Mayor, Joseph Ganim, concluded to exercise de-escalation and informative recognition training in a military department, though nonetheless we still do not have them ,” pronounced Rev. Bernadette Hickman-Maynard of a Bethel AME Church of Bridgeport.
Hickman-Maynard remarkable that, according to policies and procedures of a Bridgeport military department, officer trainees spend usually 14 out of 871 hours – reduction than dual percent of their training time, being prepared on a laws and policies that assent use of force.
“They are not taught how can we de-escalate a conditions regulating reduction and reduction force,” she said.
A orator from Ganim and Police Chief A.J. Perez refused comment.
“I consider that, right now, it roughly seems like there’s a cover occurring,” pronounced Melendez, who pronounced her brother’s lethal confront with cops was a usually time he’s ever been in difficulty with a law.
The organizers of this eventuality pronounced a easiest approach to turn pure is to recover a formula of what’s on notice video around a scene.
“Does Walgreens‘ video footage exist,” pronounced Matt McDermott, a Lead Organizer for a Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut (CONECT). “Is it relevant? If it’s relevant, recover it. Or, if not, because not?
The preaching stays carefree that talkw of military physique and lurch cams will shortly be rekindled. It stalled recently over a cost of information storage. But, Rev. Cass Shaw, a member of a Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, pronounced a storage cost “cannot review with a certain value of removing these cameras in use, joined with plain training and doing it now.”
Shaw also cited a investigate conducted by a University of South Florida and a Orlando Police Department.
“They detected that physique cameras reduced a series of times that military officer’s used force by 53 percent,” she said.
And, it forsaken a series of complaints opposite officers by 65 percent.
“We (CONECT) trust that reduced complaints and reduced use of force will really expected some-more than make adult for a cost of storing data,” Shaw said.
The Waterbury State’s Attorney’s office, that will establish either to prosecute any officers on a execution of a investigation, has not responded to FOX61’s ask for comment.