UPDATE: A former New Haven police officer with a history of problems with the law was found dead on Bridgeport’s East Side Thursday, the city’s third homicide of the early year and fifth in the past four weeks. The official cause of death was blunt head trauma, according to a medical examiner, although residents reported that they had heard gunfire.
The victim Kenneth Console was a New Haven cop for nearly 10 years. Our friends at the www.newhavenindependent.org report that Console’s stepfather said “Bridgeport police came to his wife’s place of employment around 11:30 a.m. to notify her of the death … Console entered the New Haven police academy on Jan. 24, 1992. He resigned on April 30, 2003, “taking advantage of the ‘Early Incentive Buy Out’ according to New Haven police spokesman Officer David Hartman.”
Console had a series of issues with law enforcement that included larceny and home improvement violations as a carpenter. The Independent also reports that he had a history of drug issues, according to sources.
If it’s news you go with it, especially in light of the recent violence that has struck the city. The city’s third homicide victim of the year, his body found on the East Side, is captured in a photo taken by a young girl, according to the Connecticut Post. Isn’t running the photo a no brainer? David McCumber, editorial director of Hearst Connecticut Media Group, explains why the paper ran the photograph.
We have published a photograph of a homicide victim lying–uncovered–on a Bridgeport street this morning. We have done so only after considerable thought and discussion.
This photograph was taken by a teenage girl who goes to the same school attended by Justin Thompson, the 14-year-old shot and killed Jan. 8.
For some reason, police left the body on the Bond Street sidewalk, uncovered, for several hours after it was reported around 4 a.m. The photographer and many other children were forced to walk past it on the way to school.
While publishing this photo may make some people uncomfortable, it is an undeniably powerful representation of the spate of tragedy the city is enduring. Ultimately, what’s unacceptably uncomfortable is schoolchildren having to walk past homicide victims.