Facing a recent increase in violent crime, Mayor Joe Ganim on Friday declared June 2nd Gun Violence Awareness Day. See video above. Meanwhile, church leaders are pressing Ganim and law enforcement officials for more updates and reforms following the police-involved shooting death of 15-year-old Jayson Negron who police say was driving a stolen vehicle that was a threat to the safety of a cop.
Whether the police officer was justified in discharging his weapon is under review by state police, as is protocol.
From CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart:
But Melendez’s reason for visiting the site Thursday was to focus, with church leaders, on other things they believe are stale: Official news of the state police investigation into Negron’s death, an effort to outfit officers with body cameras, and the training Bridgeport police receive in cultural sensitivity and use of force.
“They are not trained in making peace without the threat of more violence,” alleged Rev. Bernadette Hickman-Maynard of Bethel AME Church. “(They) are woefuly unprepared to meet the challenges of protecting, servicing and making peace” in Bridgeport.
Negron, 15, was accused by police of being at the wheel of a stolen vehicle and nearly running an officer over before being shot and killed on Fairfield Avenue, steps away from the Walgreens Pharmacy parking lot. His passenger, Julien Fyffe, 21, was wounded.
City police identified the officer who fired the shots as 30-year-old rookie James Boulay. Boulay is white, Negron Hispanic, Fyffe black.
Full story here.