Officials Urge Public To Cooperate With Police Following Days Of Violence

News release from Mayor’s Office:

This morning Mayor Ganim called a meeting with members of his administration, City Council, and Police leadership via Zoom to be briefed on the multiple violent crimes that took place in Bridgeport over the weekend.

The Mayor’s response as well as Council, and Police Chiefs, is that the violence won’t be tolerated and that resources will continue to be committed to make sure that the individuals responsible for these shooting will be arrested and convicted.

The meeting included acknowledgement of too many illegal guns on city streets, the impact of COVID diluting accessibility of productive resources for returning citizens and at-risk individuals, as well as general feelings of sadness, outrage, and frustration.

The frustration stems from knowledge that victims have information about the shootings and/or the homicides of their family members but refuse to cooperate with police.

Any individual with information needs to come forward or call anonymously in order to stop the violence, bring the perpetrators to justice and get the guns off the streets. Community members that have info are encouraged to call 203-576-TIPS.

Attached are video statements facilitated via the Zoom call:
Mayor Ganim:

City Council President Aidee Nieves:

Council Member Ernie Newton:



  1. You clowns just threw your department under the bus a month ago for something that happen across the country and advocated to defund them!

    Go call a social worker. These cops have their hands tied behind their back and you want them to risk their career so when one of these lowlives they catch cry wolf you ask for their resignation before due process. Good luck with that.

  2. Hey Ron and Don this ones right up your alley!! Tell us how people in these situations are correct in “not cooperating” with police!
    Explain to everyone how this happens because of racism, bigotry, and the fact that people like me “don’t know what it’s like” to be a minority… both of you say about all who don’t agree with you.
    Tell us what excuse the guy (who is still alive) has, to not cooperate even though his pregnant girlfriend has been killed. Please opine with your vast knowledge of “the neighborhood” so that those of us can make sense of it.
    Signed: supercop.

  3. DERBY — The shooting of a 17-year-old city boy Tuesday, the stabbing death Sunday of a young mother in Ansonia and the killing of an expectant mother in Bridgeport are the result of the same problem — a lack of opportunity for young people, according to U.S. Rep. Jim Himes.
    Sorry but my opinion is that he has his head up his a%$!!!!!

    1. You’re right. Everyone places the blame on everything but the criminal activity that these people are involved with. They have bad behavior, do bad things, get involved in criminal acts, then get killed by their criminal accomplices, and “societal” reasons are given the blame. Look at these criminals who ended up being killed by police after they had committed criminal acts and/or were high on drugs. Unfortunate incidents for sure BUT—only the cops (that were called by someone who said they needed help)—get blamed. No one talks or reports on THE FACT that these people were involved in criminal activity and/or were high on narcotics which can make them extremely dangerous.
      They were people with criminal records, who were involved in criminals activities and/or were high on drugs which makes them extremely dangerous. I feel I should repeat that many many more times. Meanwhile, cities burn. If one believes the “excuse” logic then maybe everyone who gets laid off from work or can’t find a job can go and rob a bank or the corner stores etc. and that would kind of be understood and forgiven!!
      Good luck.

  4. The main issue is, “the frustration stems from knowledge that victims have information about the shootings and/or the homicides of their family members but refuse to cooperate with police.” Why should people come forward to provide information about a crime when they are scare to death because they don’t have confidence and trust with the Bridgeport Police Department. The FBI is right now conducting a series of investigation into the BPD. Mayor Ganim hired former head of the Philadelphia and Washington D.C. police departments for $25,000 but where is that report? The BPD needs training in order to deal with systemic racism.

    1. Yes of course! Then let’s just hope that these victims, many of whom are criminals themselves, kill each other off before the “system” figures out a way to stem their “frustration”!!!!
      Always play the victim card.
      Always play the race card.
      Always have to play to all those tunes and more, which never improves anything.
      God forbid you look at it for what it is instead of continually making excuses.
      It took you almost 3 days and you still have nothin!! -I know you did not miss what I wrote above- 3 days ago.

    2. Let m give some supporting information concerning my post, there are many other article on this subject.

      “Policing in black & white”
      Police departments are eager for ways to reduce racial disparities—and psychological research is beginning to find answers

      By Kirsten Weir
      December 2016, Vol 47, No. 11

      There’s evidence of racial disparities at many levels of law enforcement, from traffic stops to drug-related arrests to use of force. But the roots of those disparities aren’t always clear. Experts point to systemic problems as well as the implicit (largely unconscious) biases mentioned in the debate. To be sure, those biases aren’t unique to police. But in matters of criminal justice, implicit bias can have life-altering implications.

      Social media has turned a spotlight on cases of racial discrimination. As the list of black citizens killed by nonblack officers grows, tensions between black communities and police are running high. “It’s a nuanced problem but people continue to take a polarized view,” says Jack Glaser, PhD, a social psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley. “It’s not productive to demonize police.”

      Glaser says police departments are eager for solutions that will reduce racial disparities. “Police chiefs know what the stakes are,” he says. Policymakers, too, are keen to take action. In October, for instance, the New Jersey attorney general issued a directive requiring mandatory classes in racial bias for police officers in the state. Psychologists, meanwhile, have the skills to understand discrimination and point to evidence-based solutions. “This is an area that’s worth a lot of investment in research, and important for psychologists to think about,” Glaser says.

      “Evidence of inequality” Policing in black & white”
      With more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies across the country operating at the federal, state and local levels, there is no “typical” police department. Still, evidence for racial disparities is growing. Most of those data focus on the treatment of black civilians by white officers. In an analysis of national police-­shootings data from 2011–14, for example, Cody T. Ross, a doctoral student in anthropology at the University of California, Davis, concluded there is “evidence of a significant bias in the killing of unarmed black Americans relative to unarmed white Americans.” The probability of being black, unarmed and shot by police is about 3.5 times the probability of being white, unarmed and shot by police, he found (PLOS One, 2015).

      Other studies conflict with that finding. Harvard University economist Roland G. Fryer Jr., PhD, examined more than 1,000 shootings in 10 major police departments and found no racial differences in officer-involved shootings. Fryer did, however, find that black civilians are more likely to experience other types of force, including being handcuffed without arrest, ­pepper-sprayed or pushed to the ground by an officer (National Bureau of Economic Research, 2016).

      Those disparities don’t seem to arise from the fact that black Americans are more likely to commit crimes. Supporting this point is research by Phillip Atiba Goff, PhD, a social psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity. Goff, Glaser and colleagues reviewed data from 12 police departments and found that black residents were more often subjected to police force than white residents, even after adjusting for whether the person had been arrested for violent crimes (Center for Policing Equity, 2016).

      Other data show that black people are also more likely to be stopped by police. Stanford University social psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt, PhD, and colleagues analyzed data from the police department in Oakland, California, and found that while black residents make up 28 percent of the Oakland population, they accounted for 60 percent of police stops. What’s more, black men were four times more likely than white men to be searched during a traffic stop, even though officers were no more likely to recover contraband when searching black suspects (Stanford SPARQ, 2016).

      And in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, where cafeteria worker Philando Castile was fatally shot by a nonblack officer in July after being pulled over for a broken taillight, statistics released by the local St. Anthony Police Department showed that about 7 percent of residents in the area are black, but they account for 47 percent of arrests.

      “The police officer’s dilemma”
      Many factors can account for the differences in treatment at the hands of police. In some jurisdictions, explicit prejudice still occurs, says John Dovidio, PhD, a social psychologist at Yale University who studies both implicit and explicit prejudice. Many police departments and officers take a paramilitary approach to law and order, and sometimes adopt an “us-versus- them” attitude toward black communities, he says. “There can be a lot of dehumanization that occurs in the conversations people have, and that’s explicit.”

      In many cases, however, the biases come from unconscious or unintentional beliefs. “A large proportion of white Americans have these [implicit] biases, and it’s hard to expect police officers to be any different,” Dovidio says.

      Implicit biases are attitudes or stereotypes that can influence our beliefs, actions and decisions, even though we’re not consciously aware of them and don’t express those beliefs verbally to ourselves or others. One of the most well-demonstrated types of implicit bias is the unconscious association between black individuals and crime. That association can influence an officer’s behavior, even if he or she doesn’t hold or express explicitly racist beliefs.

      Goff describes implicit bias as a kind of identity trap. “They’re situations that trap us into behaving in ways that are not consistent with our values,” he says.

      Joshua Correll, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Colorado, has explored one facet of implicit racial bias in a series of laboratory studies since 2000. He developed and tested a paradigm known as “the police officer’s dilemma,” using a first-person-shooter video game. Participants are presented with images of young men, white and black, holding either guns or innocuous objects such as cellphones or soda cans. The goal is to shoot armed targets but not unarmed targets.

      The researchers found that participants shoot armed targets more often and more quickly if they’re black rather than white, and refrain from shooting more often when the target is white. The most common mistakes are shooting an unarmed black target and failing to shoot an armed white target (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2002).

      But experiments with police officers show a more complex pattern. Similar to community participants, officers showed evidence of bias in their reaction times, more quickly reacting to armed black targets and unarmed white targets—in other words, targets that aligned with racial stereotypes. But those biases evident in their reaction times did not translate to their ultimate decision to shoot or not shoot (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2007). Still, that’s only part of the story. In later work, Correll found special unit officers who regularly interact with minority gang members were more likely to exhibit racial bias in their decision to shoot. When officers’ training and experiences confirm racial stereotypes, those biases appear to hold more sway over their behavior (Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2013).

      “Bad habits”
      While research points to some patterns in implicit bias, we still have a lot to learn about the ways that biases influence people’s decisions and behavior in the real world, says David M. Corey, PhD, a police psychologist and founding president of the American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology. “Yes, implicit bias can affect us. The more important questions are, which persons are affected, and under what conditions?”

      Yet while those questions remain unanswered, many police departments and policymakers have skipped ahead to a different one: What can be done to reduce implicit bias? “The police officers I’ve worked with are looking for effective ways to reduce implicit or unintended bias, and they welcome advice based on psychological evidence, not politics,” says Corey.

      Under pressure from the public, many police departments have implemented implicit bias workshops and trainings. That could be premature, says Corey. “We feel like we have to do something, but sometimes the action we take proves to be merely window dressing,” he says. “My worry is that could cause a police agency to think they’re doing enough, or that the monies being spent will prohibit spending for other areas, including research.”

      That hasn’t stopped some departments from moving forward, however—a step that concerns Glaser and others who think evidence should come before implementation. “There are contractors that provide [implicit bias training], but there’s zero evidence that what they do has an impact,” Glaser says. “We don’t know how to lastingly change implicit biases, particularly those as robust and prevalent as race and crime—and not for lack of trying.”

      1. Yes. Thank you for the psych reports cut and pasted. “They” need to do the “ride along” for 20 years and then their degrees AND experience on the street would give them a whole lot more credibility. Armchair quarterbacks
        Like some other people I know!!

      2. This a follow up from the article above, “Policing in black & white.”

        Imagine, for example, officers chasing a perpetrator after a crime has occurred. “As they chase the person, it’s building up their adrenaline. All of the biases they have come together like a perfect storm,” John Dovidio, PhD, a social psychologist at Yale University who studies both implicit and explicit prejudice says—a storm that can lead to excessive force. To circumvent that possibility, he says, some police departments have implemented a policy that the officer who chases a suspect should not be the one to initiate subsequent steps, such as booking the suspect or leading the interrogation. “You try to build in structures and procedures that help overcome the tendencies,” he explains.

        Creating protocols and checklists for various law-enforcement situations can also help remove bias from the equation, adds Tom Tyler, PhD, a professor of law and psychology at Yale Law School. Federal authorities, for example, use such checklists when deciding whether to search airline travelers for drugs: Did the person use an alias? Did they pay for their tickets with cash? Are they using evasive movements? So far, checklists haven’t been rolled out for everyday street stops, Tyler says, though such protocols could help reduce bias when officers decide whether to search a suspect or pull over a driver. “In ambiguous situations, people are more likely to act on bias,” Tyler says. “If you have a script to follow, that’s more objective.”

        Implementing protocols to circumvent bias could be helpful in the short term. Looking ahead, changing hiring practices could be an effective way to reduce racial disparities, says Corey, whose research focuses on selecting new officers. His research explores the cognitive characteristics that make a person more likely to resist the automatic effects of implicit bias.

        For example, he points to research by B. Keith Payne, PhD, at Ohio State University, who found that people with poor executive control were more likely to express automatic race biases as behavior discrimination (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2005). By hiring police candidates who already possess qualities such as greater executive control, Corey says, “we can select police officers less likely to require cognitive reshaping.”

        1. Ernie, the testing company, Randi Frank, that David Dunn has hired to do testing for both the fire and police departments does not have the ability to deal with the problems listed in those police studies.

    3. I wasn’t going to reply to this post either, it is sad enough just to read people’s comments because of this tragic death.

      Comrade, that is beyond ridiculous. People don’t come forward because they fair the police. They don’t have a problem calling them when they are in distress. If anything, they may not cooperate with the police because they may fear street justice of being labeled a snitch. But more likely they are silent because of an unwritten code, kinda like that Blue Wall of Silence, right Rich?

      Comrade a better excuse would have been why should people speak out when the police don’t, and protect their own from criminal behavior?

      That being said, the excuses are all you’re going to get. If those bullets missed an innocent woman carrying a baby or even hit and killed the (alledged) intended target, the city administration, Council, and reps would be silent like they were on all the other shooting and death prior.

      I read a posts where people blamed this crime on systemic racism in the police. Kinda like what comrade just did about people not corporating with the police.

      Jo, no one is throwing the police under the bus. Besides didn’t you say Chief Perez was the one throwing police officers under the bus? Maybe if those ripe apple cops snitched on those rotten apples cops, that every one seems to acknowledge are in the police force, people won’t be calling to defund the police. Or even punishing and hold those rotten apples accountabe when they do get caught.

      Also, people who are saying defund and abolish the police are throwing the minority communities under the bus. However, that being said, don’t confuse defunding from over budgeting. Can you tell OIB why BPD has a 50% higher police budget to the tune of 50 million than Hartford’s Police department with 40 fewer officers? Not saying I want to buy my police departmetn a the Dollar Store but what is the Port getting for the 50 million over Hartford department, not more officers. (please elaborate or correct me if I am wrong) JS

      I going to go on a walkabout because reading and repondign to everyone’s excuse is making me more depressed then one shoudl be. Peace out!

  5. As a Fire Lieutenant a number of times after responding to a smoke alarm call the landlord told me of some police issue problems, on one call the owner lived on the two floor of a 3 family home her issue was that drug dealers were selling drugs right in front of her home. She said that she called the police but by time the police arrived the drug dealers had moved their drugs front the woman’s trash can where they placed them. After the police left they yelled up to her window and they asked her why she called the police on them, she told them she didn’t call the police. The woman was scare to death and she didn’t know what to do. Another home owner told me a similar story, she said drug dealers are in front of home all night long selling drugs and playing their call radio, she said she sits in her living room window watching drugs sold right in front of her property where she pays taxes but she to was scare to call the police. In both cases I told these women that I would talk to the police for them but for the both of them to stay out of the window and not to make any contact with them. People are scare and they don’t have faith that the police would look after them and their family.

    1. Your point is?

      Did you read your copy & past post “Policing in black & white” By Kirsten Weir that was written 4 years ago. It said demonozing the police is unproductive. You are off the rails posting some obsure piont to reinforce your (to be kind) bias view. again SMH Comrade have you ever thought about joining the real circus. 🙂

      Comrade let me clarify, people are scare, and they don’t have faith that the police Would or Can look after them and their family. Never mind the street or gang mentality this Marxist mentality the police can bearly look out for themselves. SMH

      By ther way Comrade this was a officer of color so be mindful because not all police are white, or “bias.
      cop pulls his gun because of the chaos and a officer of color gets hit in the back of the head with a brick. While the mayor calls for the protesters to be respected and the cop who are out there is the Marxist chaos to be fired, JS

  6. US policing
    “White supremacists and militias have infiltrated police across US, report says”

    Sam Levin in Los Angeles @SamTLevin Email
    Thu 27 Aug 2020 10.13 EDTLast modified on Thu 27 Aug 2020 23.37 EDT

    White supremacist groups have infiltrated US law enforcement agencies in every region of the country over the last two decades, according to a new report about the ties between police and far-right vigilante groups.

    In a timely new analysis, Michael German, a former FBI special agent who has written extensively on the ways that US law enforcement have failed to respond to far-right domestic terror threats, concludes that US law enforcement officials have been tied to racist militant activities in more than a dozen states since 2000, and hundreds of police officers have been caught posting racist and bigoted social media content.

    The report notes that over the years, police links to militias and white supremacist groups have been uncovered in states including Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

    “FBI warned of white supremacists in law enforcement 10 years ago. Has anything changed?”
    Nation Oct 21, 2016 4:10 PM EDT
    By —Kenya Downs

    In the 2006 bulletin, the FBI detailed the threat of white nationalists and skinheads infiltrating police in order to disrupt investigations against fellow members and recruit other supremacists. The bulletin was released during a period of scandal for many law enforcement agencies throughout the country, including a neo-Nazi gang formed by members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who harassed black and Latino communities. Similar investigations revealed officers and entire agencies with hate group ties in Illinois, Ohio and Texas.

  7. Comrade, what is your point, and what does white supremacy have to do with gun violence and witnesses not cooperating with the BPD in a homicide that happened in the Port?

    This is what you do, post some obscure post that is irrelevant to make your bias/racist viewpoint.

    Here’s where you know your post is just BS. In your mind white supremacy always existed, and it’s about routing it out. So there is no real inflating the police by white people is there.

    At this stage, you are an old man rambling, and you just have to let him go on. 🙂

    Rich the comrades are all your, FYI Comrade Day is looking into getting your records so you definatly touched a never wiht Day. I think is was that head Joke, either way, enjoy, Cheers. 🙂

    P.S thing about it people. I mean, really think about it 🙂

  8. RT: lol!! ‘They’re all mine’ you say! I get you- they are very tiring aren’t they. You’re absolutely right in that they ramble on with no specific point and absolutely no solutions to the problems with policing AND societal behavior especially in the communities that most need help. As I have said on numerous posts: they do themselves and their cause a severe dis-service by constantly attacking anyone with views other than their own.
    Not only do they attack the honest view of people who may actually care about the same issues, but they go a step further and start the name calling such as “fool, racist,bigot, which THEY initiate. They like to play the “victim” card. Those attack’s are why they get nowhere with anyone.

  9. *** You know there is much change to be done on the retraining of the police in certain situations like community policing, dealing with domestic disputes, handling calls that deal with mental illness & of course police brutality & deadly force issues. However, you cannot tie the responding police officers hands & blame them all for doing what they were taught to do at the police academy’s training. You cannot expect a human being that deals with people, sometimes @ there lowest points in life or with continued career criminals doing very bad things to be held accountable for doing their jobs. When people need help & dial #911 its because they have an issue, (may not be a real emergency) however there looking for someone to step in & hopefully resolve or bring some sense to the issue at hand. Between police, fire-fighters & EMS, they deal with people or about there properties in any weather conditions, times, places, during low points & under drugs, alcohol & mental illness situations. Basically while people are at low-points & stressed out in their lives or present situations. Not a very easy job to do, if not more would try out for the jobs; but now many ignorant fools want to blame them for everything & anything & its gotten out of hand. Just sitting at the table to work on some basic issues is not working because there’s no real community leaders that speak for the peaceful protesters, etc. because its gotten out of hand & its more un-organized than ever! *** Just news & social media B/S frenzy, with political influence as has been so common as we get closer to the presidencial election. ***

    1. Agreed. However, the protests have always been out of hand. It’s just that the media and the Democrats were always able to spin it in the Ds favor by blame Trump, but the protest has landed at the D’s doorstep and has to acknowledge it. They only shut down CHAZ in Seatle after they marched on the Democrat Mayor’s house, not the killings and violence the took place there. The same can be said about the Mayor’s reaction to other cities.

      The media is still trying to spin it, which the left is buy and sell, saying the protests are 93% peaceful. Well if that’s the case and acceptable than one can say 93% of the police force are not racist or abusive in making an arrest. That’s the logic that says it not about justice, just hooray for my side.

      The D’s are going to be a peculiar place if Biden wins, and the protests don’t stop. On the political gamesmanship, just ther politicians coming out and saying how they support the movement is not stoping them from coming to their doorstep.

      The D’s players are posting all kinds a media spin reports on how it’s Tumps fault. If that was the case, just about one man in the White House fixing it, Obama and his VP, Biden along with the D’s could have fixed it. Is anybody saying this racist systematic system in the police force just happen 3 and half years ago when Trump got elected?

      As I said, the D’s are going to be in a peculiar place if Biden wins, and the people don’t turn a blind eye as they did under Obama, mass deportation, caging kids, separating families at the border, not to mention many high profile police abuse cases. I mean the media will not cover it like it if it was Trump, but like these protests, they are trying to spin it ,because they can’t just ignore it.

      So I will see how this plays out, Peace out people, Good Luck. 🙂

    2. Mojo, the answer is Make America Great Again, do you know when was America was great so that we can go back to that time? When will America give every American the rights to every American that’s in the Constitution? That will end the protest but those in power see that the Browning of America where whites won’t be the majority and they aren’t ready for that change which will happen.

    3. Mojo, America will never be great until it keeps its word, ” “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” America has never kept its written promise.

      The Declaration of Independence, written in 1776, announces a complete break with Britain and expresses the ideals on which the United States was founded: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Martin Luther King Jr. in his speech at the March On Washington on August 28, 1963, said, “we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to full heir. This note was the promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

      “It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note in so far as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

  10. Malcolm X said: “following these white liberals has perpetuated problems that Negroes have. The history of the white LIBERAL has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negroes think that the white LIBERAL was going to solve our problems. Our problems will never be solved by the white man “
    I found this interesting. They are the words of Malcolm X.
    They can apply today, and during all the time since Malcolm X as the liberal politicians have continually promised and promised and promised. The only delivery was not from those politicians but from those people whom the politicians promise things to. And that delivery was with their votes.


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