Via The Connecticut Post:
The state’s police chiefs have fired back at criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union about how Bridgeport Police handled the shooting of 15-year-old Jayson Negron last week.
In a letter sent Tuesday morning, John L. Salvatore, president of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, decried what he called “the current movement to delegitimize police and to divide communities.”
On Monday, the ACLU released a statement, calling out the “callous disregard that Bridgeport police officers showed for Jayson Negron during his last moments … Their behavior was outside the realms of human decency and democracy.”
Many questions remain about the death of Negron, fatally shot last week by 30-year-old Bridgeport Police Officer James Boulay. The shooting followed what police said was a brief pursuit of a stolen vehicle Negron was reportedly driving. A passenger in the car, Julian Fyffe, 21 of Bridgeport, was shot in the shoulder during the incident. Fyffe is suing the city for $6 million plus attorney’s fees.
The shooting, which is under investigation by the state police, has led to an outcry by those who want more information on the circumstances surrounding the incident, and who believe it sheds light on the need for police reform.
However, Salvatore’s statement claims reform isn’t necessary.
“We have a statewide civilian complaint process that appears to work,” the statement reads. “There has been no sustainable incident of anyone wishing to file a complaint against police who has been denied such right.” Salvatore conceded that “there are times when mistakes are made or inappropriate behavior by a minority of officers occur, but they are addressed and not swept under the rug, as inferred by the ACLU.”
The letter also criticized the ACLU for its characterization of the shooting, and said the chiefs association was “astonished that the ACLU, an organization which proposes to fight for justice and civil liberties, denies a police officer the same rights while rushing to judge a tragic shooting death in Bridgeport by calling the event police misconduct before the facts are compiled and the independent investigation is completed and reviewed by a state’s attorney.”