An apparent parking violation involving Democratic Town Committee member Tony Barr escalated into a messy police scene a few days ago with arrests made as shown in this Facebook video. CT Post has more on this here.
City Councilwoman Eneida Martinez, for one, is condemning the police response on her Facebook page.
As an elected official I continue to fight for community policing. On behalf of myself, my stand as a leader and representative of the City of Bridgeport and liaison to the Board of Police Commission I will be advocating, fighting, and voicing my concerns on excessive force, approach, and how to approach at times of needs. (MENTAL HEALTH, EMOTIONS, ETC) needs to be a part of immediate training within our police department. Tony Barr has been through a lot this year. Today he buries his brother Ernest Barr, nobody understands this man unless you know him or talk to him, so the excessive uncalled for extra drama caused by the parking enforcer yesterday will definitely be addressed. That particular individual will be discipline for his arrogant actions. This was totally an action of CONTROL by this individual. Tony Barr I stand for you and with you.
OIB has reached out to Barr for comment. He was part of a slate that won all nine seats in a Town Committee primary in March representing the Upper East Side 138th District.
The passionate Barr has had run-ins with the law including a 20-year stint as a drug gang enforcer when a young man. Barr says he’s changed from the experience.