The beating of a tasered man in Beardsley Park three years ago has cost taxpayers $200,000 to settle a civil suit and so far has cost two police officers their careers, including one who had several similar complaints leveled against him. CT Post scribes Mike Mayko and Dan Tepfer provide this report on community reaction.
Newton and Baker–who are seeking the same state representative seat–said Bridgeport needs to hire more minorities and city residents for the Police Department.
“We need more people who know Bridgeport,” Baker said, “police officers who know the people who live in Bridgeport. Officers who, when they see a kid doing something wrong, already know the father, the mother, the uncle, the aunt or the cousin and can go to their house to address the problem.”
Newton agreed, adding that the city needs a return to community policing on a wider scale to build up relationships.
Newton said he was on Stratford Avenue on Wednesday, watching new police recruits learn how to direct traffic and safely pull over vehicles.
“What they should be taught is how to walk the beat, meet store owners and talk to people,” he said.