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Cop Cleared In Jayson Negron Death

January 26th, 2018 · 59 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

From State’s Attorney Maureen Platt: 

“Jayson Negron died tragically on May 9, 2017, after being shot by Officer James Boulay. However, in light of the foregoing, Officer James Boulay reasonably believed that the use of deadly force was necessary to defend himself from the use of deadly force–that being the Subaru operated by Jayson Negron. In so doing, Officer Boulay acted in conformance with Connecticut General Statute 53a-22. Although not dealt with in detail in this report, I have reviewed the conduct of all officers present and have found that the use of force, if any, by each of them was appropriate and in accordance with our law.”


More here.

From State Rep. Chris Rosario:

“The decision not to prosecute Officer James Bouley is disheartening and another strike against faith in a system that many believe is broken and needs fixing,” said Chair of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, Rep. Christopher Rosario (D-Bridgeport). “There have been too many questionable police-civilian outcomes across the country and working on increased transparency and different approaches to interaction will increase safety for everyone. We need to start a process and real conversation that includes accountability, law enforcement, the public, and legislation if need be–we need to address this pervasive nation-wide issue now. I pledge to keep working closely with my leadership, colleagues and members of the BPRC to make this issue a top priority for our caucus this upcoming session. I am also asking for anyone planning to join in demonstrations today to show your solidarity to Jayson’s family by not engaging in violent protests–instead show your support with peaceful actions that will honor his memory.”

From Mayor Joe Ganim:

“I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Jayson Negron and all those affected by this terrible tragedy. I stand in solidarity with the community in peaceful and constructive means to express our feelings and emotions through this difficult healing process.

“This has been a very difficult eight months for the family and our community. We will continue to work with leaders in the community and other elected officials to find opportunities to bring people together and support our youth.”

From Police Chief AJ Perez:

“This is a very difficult time for the community and for my department. This was a tragic event where a police officer made a split-second decision. I want to express my deepest sympathies to Jayson Negron’s family and to the community as we work through this terrible incident.

“I am committed to working with our local and state leaders to build bridges with all of our citizens as we go through this difficult healing process.”

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  • Steven Auerbach

    I thought Ernie Newton expressed our feelings collectively in an emotional interview on News 12.

    Of course we are very sad for Negron family. The loss of a life, a very young life is just a waste. I believe in our justice department and our Men and woman in blue. They have a very tough job. They have a very stressful job. A stolen vehicle, hitting a cop with the car and the police officer believed his life could have been in danger is what the courts used to justify their ruling.
    This is not an issue where a young , innocent black male is shot because they thought he was pulling a gun. All of these “Black Lives” matter episode are to be looked at differently.If everyone treat our protectors with suspicion can we ever really be safe? It gives license to the real criminals .

    What has happened in this case is very sad. A young man is dead. Could things have ended differently? Was the car chase necessary? We will never know. We question and grieve and we move on. I would imagine the police officer is also traumatized .

    Maybe if Young Mr, Negron had “the talk” that unfortunately many minority parents have with their children on who to avoid this, he may be alive today. Everyone should have a conversation. If a cop wants to stop you, you stop! Period!

  • Steven Auerbach

    who- how

  • Andrew C Fardy

    To State Rep Rosario why didn’t you mention the youth in a stolen car hitting one officer and trying to hit a second officer. Not one fucking word instead you en flame the situation by these words “The decision not to prosecute Officer James Bouley is disheartening and another strike against faith in a system that many believe is broken and needs fixing,” said Chair of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, Rep. Christopher Rosario (D-Bridgeport).”
    Rosario what have you done to help the young kids of Bridgeport. Have you obtained more money for education? If you answer yes you are a liar. Sir you are no leader you are a shit stirrer .
    Rosario tell the people of Bridgeport why the cop was wrong shooting this suspect in a stolen car that was trying to run him down.

    • Steven Auerbach

      Andy , though I do not agree with your harsh criticism of Chris Rosario. I do agree that the statement was clearly the correct popular statement that his constituents want to hear.The death is very very sad, however to not show support for the men and woman in blue is very scary as his constituents depend on the police for safety probably more than most districts. I am not so sure that prosecuting this police officer would benefit the community or bring Young Jason Negron back.
      I am still very sad for the family and I can assure you it has nothing to do with Officer. I support our police officers and I wouldn’t want to be putting my life on the line daily always questioning when your number is up. The officer was doing his job. I agree , Hitting an officer with the car and attempting to hit another while in a stolen car, yeah I’d say he had every right to think his life was on the line and anyone else who doesn’t agree is a fucking liar.

  • Ron Mackey

    “Cop cleared in shooting of Bridgeport teen Jayson Negron”

    By Staff Reports Updated 6:23 pm, Friday, January 26, 2018

    In Denver, Colorado, a police officer fired eight shots into a car with five teenagers inside. Driver Jessie Hernandez, 17, was struck three times and died. An investigation determined that she and her friends had stolen the car. A review decided the officers used appropriate force.

    But after the shooting in Denver, the police department changed its use-of-force policy to encourage officers to get away from moving vehicles rather than fire into them.

    Staff writers Tara O’Neill and Cedar Attanasio and the Associated Press

  • Bob Walsh

    We can and we should expect more from our police officers. That’s the bottom line.
    So call me a fuckin liar and I’ll call you an idiot.

  • Andrew C Fardy

    Walsh are you serious you expect more from our police??? What did you expect him to do fly away so the car did not hit him. Walsh with out a doubt you are a fucking idiot and you are a fucking liar. Expecting More!!! what a moron

  • Bob Walsh

    He did not have a gun. What happened to the good old days when they would simply block the cars in???

    • Jose Reyes

      Bob you’re a fucking idiot. If you were ever on the job you would know that shit can get pretty hairy in the blink of eye. Obviously you don’t realize that a vehicle can be just as deadly as a gun.

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    It may not sound well with others here but the police were justified in using lethal force. Mr. Negron’s Reckless operation of the stolen motor vehicle was a threat to public safety.

  • Bob Walsh

    Let it be a white 15 year old from Fairfield and a black cop and see how the table is turned.

    • The Bridgeport Kid

      I stand by my opinion. Whenever a black man is capped by a police officer the reaction is always the same, ” He was profiled!” How about removing the color scheme and calling it for what it is, a police officer neutralizing a threat to public safety?

    • Jose Reyes

      Again Bob you’re a fucking idiot.

  • Bob Walsh

    Neutralizing???
    This isn’t neutralizing.

  • Jennifer Buchanan

    Police officers killed 1,129 people in 2017.

    More people died from police violence in 2017 than the total number of U.S. soldiers killed in action around the globe (21). More people died at the hands of police in 2017 than the number of black people who were lynched in the worst year of Jim Crow (161 in 1892). Cops killed more Americans in 2017 than terrorists did (four). They killed more citizens than airplanes (13 deaths worldwide), mass shooters (428 deaths) and Chicago’s “top gang thugs” (675 Chicago homicides).

    12 officers were charged with a crime related to a shooting death.

    Of the 534 police officers involved in killings, 43 had shot or killed someone before. 12 had previously shot or killed multiple people.

    Most of the people killed (718) were suspects in nonviolent offenses, were stopped for traffic violations or had committed no crime at all.

    13 percent of people killed by cops were unarmed. Of the 147 unarmed people killed by police, 48 were black and 34 were Hispanic. Of the unarmed victims of police violence, blacks made up 37 percent, almost three times their percentage of the U.S. population (13 percent). Of the people who were unarmed and not attacking, but were still killed by cops, 35 percent were black. 95 people were killed when police shot at a moving vehicle.

    • Andrew C Fardy

      This was posted! WHY??????

    • Andrew C Fardy

      Jennifer why didnt you include these stats in your anti cop piece

      ous moments of domestic violence calls
      Stop training against seatbelts: Why some FTOs have it wrong
      The report also found 57,180 officers were assaulted while conducting their duties.

      FELONIOUS DEATHS
      Officer Profiles

      The average age of the officers who were feloniously killed was 40 years old, with an average of 13 years of service at the times of the fatal incidents. Of the 66 officers, 64 were male, and two were female.

      Circumstances

      At the time the 66 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed:

      17 were ambushed (entrapment/premeditation);
      13 were answering disturbance calls (seven were domestic disturbance calls);
      nine were investigating suspicious persons/circumstances;
      six were engaged in tactical situations;
      five were performing investigative activities (such as surveillances, searches, or interviews);
      four were conducting traffic pursuits/stops;
      three were investigating drug-related matters;
      three were victims of unprovoked attacks;
      one was answering a burglary in progress call or pursuing a burglary suspect(s);
      one was answering a robbery in progress call or pursuing a robbery suspect(s); and
      four were attempting other arrests.

    • Jose Reyes

      Jennifer get off your soap box. Trying doing the job especially in the inner city and then post your bullshit stats.

      • Jennifer Buchanan

        Ok, the stats are real. Are you saying the best answer to inner city policing is shooting (4 times) anyone involved in an active crime?

        • Andrew C Fardy

          Of course not but if the officers life is in danger it is justified.Jennifer shooting to wound and using one bullet is only on TV get a grip

  • Ron Mackey

    The fatal police shooting of 15-year-old Negron Jayson Negron and the decision not to prosecute Police Officer James Bouley makes it almost impossible for the community of color to have any trust with the police. Mayor Ganim and Police Chief AJ Perez have done nothing to improve the relationship with the black and Hispanic communities and the police. The action of Police Officer James Bouley shows there was no de-escalation training for Bouley and the Bridgeport Police Department. Things will get worse before they get better because there is no trust.

    • Steven Auerbach

      Ron Mackey, This decision was made by the court given all of the information. Why is the Mayor or AJ Perez responsible for over turning the decision and ending a mans career that includes danger on a daily basis. All cases need to b treated differently. The reckless driving of a stolen motor vehicle. Hitting a cop and attempting to hit another? What would you epect the outcome to be? We can not become paralyzed because we are focused on the visual of the horrifying reality that a 15 year old lost his life. If it were different circumstances it would be one thing but in this case I can not lump this into the 1000′s of unnecessary shootings of innocent people. Cops have a job to do. If the kid pulled over, he’d be alive today, he did not and was putting others lives at risk. If this were a white kid and a black cop I would feel exactly the same way. The cop was doing his job. Sometimes you have a life changing moment . Jason Negron had a life changing moment and so did ll of the cops involved in this drama. It is sad all of the way around. We move forward.

      • Steven Auerbach

        expect….? be….

      • Ron Mackey

        Steve, you go around different communities in the city so just ask people if they trust the police. Steve there was no de-escalation training for Bouley and the Bridgeport Police plus there is a very poor relationship with black and Hispanics with the police dept. and that’s the job of the mayor and the police chief. A good working relationship along with trust created communities who will help the police.

      • Ron Mackey

        Steve, you are totally wrong, you said, “this decision was made by the court given all of the information,” that’s not true, the decision was made by Waterbury State’s Attorney Maureen Platt and not the court.

    • Andrew C Fardy

      How would deescalating training prevent this

  • Donald Day

    What law did this kid break to be killed like an animal? He hadn’t shot anyone, hadn’t robbed a bank or even assaulted another person, he was driving without a licence. If that cop could move, pull out his gun and then shot to kill this young kid he could have just got the hell out of the way and let him go. He hadn’t committed a major crime, just a motor vehicle violation and that isn’t punishable by death.

    We all know that this would not have happened to a white kid in Fairfield, Westport or Bridgeport. All we have been asking for hundreds of years, TREAT OUR KIDS LIKE YOU TREAT YOU OWN KIDS.

    • Ron Mackey

      Don, you notice that nothing is being said about Jayson was shot, laying on the ground with his hands handcuffed behind his back and still alive and moving and no one to assist him while he’s laying there shot and bleeding. Nothing was put up to prevent people from looking at Jayson just laying there like a dog hit by car in the street. Where was this 15 year old boy going to go if he got away? When more white kids are shot and left on the ground like Jayson then maybe it will become a problem with police shooting young black and brown kids. This another example of poor training for the police department.

      • Andrew C Fardy

        Ron you are full of shit maybe if you spent your time helping kids i the black and brown community you would not have to blame the white community for every minority problem

      • Andrew C Fardy

        He was cuffed because that is police procedure across the country. That is done to insure the criminal does not cause more trouble even though he or she is shot and presumed dead. There is nothing official saying he was alive after he was shot.BTW the decision not to cover the body was not made by a white cop it was made by our Puerto Rican Chief so get the facts straight. It was wrong not to cover his body. Why is this poor training?

    • Joel Gonzalez

      What if the cop could not move out of the way because the driver side door of the stolen car hit him and he was about to get dragged by the reversing car?

      • Steven Auerbach

        Joel , you are wasting your breath- It is always only a black issue. If it were westport and a kid stole a car and was reckless and his a cop and almost hit another and the black cop felt his life was at risk- You think Westporters would be asking to fire the black cop? The answer is no.
        What will happen when the cops stop answering the calls. People don’t trust the cops? The people is certain neigborhoods protect the criminals and make it difficult to investigate a crime. The sad reality is what it is. If Ganim or AJ Perez were o fire this cop to satisfy the masses , I’d be very disappointed. There are 2 sides to every story and we are all affected by this one way or another.

        I would imagine ” The Talk ” will be given o every child-, regardless of race. You see a cop , they signal you to stop. You stop!!! Tou are driving a stolen vehicle and driving reckless putting others lives at risk- give it break! Blue lives matter also. What if the cop was killed? then what? If he felt his life was in danger in this “Specific” case- I believe him based on everything presented and apparently the courts felt the same way. Unless they were all “Crackers” .To bad people will always reduce this to a racial thing- I d not believe in this case it was.

    • Andrew C Fardy

      Lets try driving a stolen vehicle, lets try evading arrest, I am sure there is more.If he had obeyed the orders from the police officer we would not be talking about this. There was no way that Police Officer knew at the time that this kid had a license . As usual you dont want to write about the facts you just want to inflame. You and your friend Mackey are racist trouble makers.

    • The Bridgeport Kid

      Perhaps you could explain why, when a black gunshot victim turns up at the ER the victim never cooperates with the police officers investigating the shooting. Tell us why, Donald. A firearm is a deadly weapon. So is an automobile.

    • Jose Reyes

      Here we go another idiot. Donald the kid was driving a stolen car and then attempted to use as a weapon. Moral of the story when the police are behind you pull over and take your medicine.

  • Donald Day

    Being a police is like any other job, if you have a problem doing the job right get another job. No one has to be a cop and when you choose this profession you know that you could be killed, but that doesn’t give you the right to take someone’s life because you’re scared.

    Joel, you come up with this wouldda,coulda scenarios, but the reality is there was No for open, he didn’t almost get ran over, he supposedly felt his life was in danger so he pulled out hours gun and killed this kid. No one should die because of a traffic stop.

    Finally, it is about race, I’m sure that kids driving in Westport get pulled over probably every day yet NONE has been shot, must less killed. This horrific incident comes from bringing white men from white communities that have never been exposed to anything other than white people and when they do they trend to treat them like the people they see on television news, like we’re all the same. This is a cautionary tale, hire police from the community in which they live because they don’t come with preconceived ideas of what a thug or a bad guy is and that while we all may be the same color we’re all not the same kind.

    • The Bridgeport Kid

      It’s about rampant criminal behavior and communal contempt for law and order, Donald. If Mr. Negron’s civil rights were violated the FBI would be looking into it. The bureau still does that sort of investigation.

    • Jose Reyes

      You made one correct statement about a white kid getting pulled over in Westport and not getting shot. He pulled over Jayson did not. So the rest of your dissertation in pure garbage.

  • Andrew C Fardy

    Lets try driving a stolen vehicle, lets try evading arrest, I am sure there is more.If he had obeyed the orders from the police officer we would not be talking about this. There was no way that Police Officer knew at the time that this kid had a license . As usual you dont want to write about the facts you just want to inflame. You and your friend Mackey are racist trouble makers.

  • Steven Auerbach

    For the record, Black people do not get pulled over everyday in Westport. I know. I have friends on the Police force and I have Black friends that live in Westport. Stop this crap already. Next we will be teaching anti white sentiment in the Bridgeport schools and raise another generation of Afro-centric crap. The courts decided- It was a sad situation and WE MOVE ON . Stop comparing this to very other situation across the country and whoever said that a cops job is like any other is an ass. It is not . A firemens job is not like any other. Both of these careers put their life on the line everyday. How about a little respect. The only people that do not trust our first responders are the same people that put obstacles in the way of investigations.

  • Donald Day

    Afrocentric Crap, is any different than Jewish Crap? If a cops judgement is clouded by fear then they are in the wrong profession. Every time I went into a fire I know I was putting my life on the line and I didn’t fight the fire based on the ethnicity of the person that experienced said fire.

    I trust you are asking for respect for the police because I wouldn’t piss in your ear if your brain was on fire.

    • Steven Auerbach

      That is a funny line. You don’t hear me talking about “Jewish crap” ever unless it is a blatant anti-semetic remark.Se the difference between you and me Donald Day, I would piss in your ear if your brain was on fire and I’d do it after 3 beers.

  • Ron Mackey

    The ACLU of Connecticut “Executive Director David McGuire, in a statement said the state’s unjustifiable delay in releasing video footage of the shooting is also the latest example of Connecticut police and prosecutors ignoring public demands for transparency after police kill.”

    Family members have demanded that Waterbury State’s Attorney Maureen Platt release video footage that captured the interaction that led to Jayson’s death, but nothing has yet been released.

    https://youtu.be/6RGHjiedEF0

  • Ron Mackey

    In Denver, Colorado, a police officer fired eight shots into a car with five teenagers inside. Driver Jessie Hernandez, 17, was struck three times and died. An investigation determined that she and her friends had stolen the car. A review decided the officers used appropriate force.

    But after the shooting in Denver, the police department changed its use-of-force policy to encourage officers to get away from moving vehicles rather than fire into them.

    Staff writers Tara O’Neill and Cedar Attanasio and the Associated Press

  • Stringfellow

    Ok the report and video has been released and if course people are not happy. The ACLU wanted the cop to do something and not use his gun.

    Perhaps David McGuire should walk in a cops shoes. Perhaps Mr. McGuire be put in a situation where judgement has to be made in seconds. Then have his choice be second guessed by the Monday morning quarterbacks and see how he likes it.

    Has the question come up with the medical response? The time the call went to AMR, the time an ambulance was dispatched and the time the ambulance arrived on scene. Why didn’t they not transport Negron to the hospital?

    Are they allowed to pronounce someone dead? That is a call that should be done by a doctor but I am not familiar with AMR protocol.

    There are still plenty of homicide victim’s families who want justice too. They too want some closure that can only come with the arrest of their loved one’s killer. They too want to know the who and why?

    The Negron family knows the who, the why is a matter of opinion and there are many opinions to go around.

    He may have expired enroute to the hospital and not on the street. Based on the report in the paper his

  • Ron Mackey

    3 Bridgeport Cops Taze and Beat A Guy Mercilessly

    https://youtu.be/GTQrwqncXug

    • Ron Mackey

      I post the video to highlight the action of the Bridgeport Police Department, what do you think those police officers report would have been if this incident wasn’t being taken? They would have said that they feared for their life so they had to take the action that they took. Now let me say this, Joe Ganim was not the mayor and AJ Perez was not the police chief so I’m not putting any blame on them but there is a problem that needs to be address. Again how does the black and Hispanic community trust the Bridgeport Police Department, they are there to protect and serve the public and not to be gangsters.

    • Andrew C Fardy

      You just keep bringing up stuff like this Okay at least say what happened to the cops 3 fired 2 go to jail. You would not say that because it takes the wind out of your racist sails

  • Stringfellow

    To finish my sentence in my last post.

    Chances of survival where slim at best. I agree what Mr. Mackey stated about the video from Beardsley Park. The behavior of these Officers falls on the front line supervision not the chief nor the mayor. In this case two Officers went to jail and one resigned if my memory serves me right.

    Who knows what was in the mind of Jason Negron based on his actions he did not yield to the Officer HIS choice cost him his life.

    I saw on the news there was another police chase. This time it was a red Mercedes that ended up into a telephone pole.

    I am sure the police department has a policy on car chases. Maybe it is time to dust it off. Had one of the occupants or a citizen been severely injured or killed, the department and another Officer would be to blame. Not the person who was behind the wheel of the Mercedes. The Chief was interviewed and seemed to make a joke about the incident by the way he described it.

    A car chase is no laughing matter.

  • Andrew C Fardy

    Do you know why there was a police chase? Were they chasing a killer, a rapist, a mugger? We don’t know and neither do you. You stated the following”Officer would be to blame. Not the person who was behind the wheel of the Mercedes.” The blame is squarely on the driver of the red mercedes. He stops when he see the red light and sirens there is no wreck

  • Stringfellow

    I agree with you it should be the driver of the Mercedes. I am making the point some would blame the police Officer if a crash took place because to the pursuit.

    For the record the car was stolen it was left running and unattended your basic crime of opportunity. At some point public safety needs to weighed.

    • Andrew C Fardy

      I agree at some point any chase needs to be called off. I dont know what that call off point is but the sgt or lieutenant should know, I also believe the dumb ass that left the keys in the car should be arrested for being a dumb ass and his insurance company should not pay him

  • Donald Day

    What is not known is the supposition that what might have happened? He might have killed him with the car. He might have injured someone else when he was trying to get away. He might of, he might of, but we’ll never know because we know he’s dead for a motor vehicle violation.

    Jose Reyes a small mind sees small ideas and small consequences. You’re tiny little man with tiny values and a tiny education in so much as you feel the need to start a conversation with, “Youre and idiot. You should have been reading instead of hanging out on East Main. Read a book every now and then to broaden your horizons or stay in your tiny delusional uneducated world that if I’m correct lead you no where tangible thus far in life. It is said, keep your mouth shut and let people think you’re a damn fool rather than open it and remove all doubt.

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