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: https://youtu.be/MLtIVI8mb8g
City Council President Aidee Nieves: https://youtu.be/u4lq911rQAw
Council Member Ernie Newton: https://youtu.be/2nJt883LwFU