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Police Investigate Homicide In North End

March 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Law Enforcement, News and Events

From city Communications Director Brett Broesder:

Detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred in the city’s North End today.

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Herbst: Bridgeport Tax Dollars Should Not Fund Cronyism And Patronage Ahead Of Public Good

March 25th, 2015 · 15 Comments · News and Events

Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst pulls no punches in this commentary in support of a state government reform bill to enforce the City Charter prohibiting city employees from serving on the City Council. In the commentary Herbst criticizes city and state officials and the municipal lobbying arm Connecticut Conference of Municipalities for promoting conflicts of interest. (Full disclosure: I have served as a past political consultant for Herbst, but had no involvement in crafting this commentary which has been sent to numerous media outlets.) From Herbst:
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City Demolishes Blighted House

March 25th, 2015 · No Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

An abandoned multi-family house at 121 George Street that had been an eyesore for years was demolished by the city on Wednesday. More from city Communications Director Brett Broesder:
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OIB Poll: How Would You Fix Racial/Ethnic Disparity In Police Department?

March 24th, 2015 · 35 Comments · Civil Service, Law Enforcement


Bridgeport's police force is 56 percent white, 15 percent black, 27 percent Hispanic and one percent other. What should be done to correct the imbalance?

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Malloy, Wyman Create Commission On Youth And Urban Violence

March 24th, 2015 · 2 Comments · News and Events

News release from Governor Dan Malloy:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman today announced that they are forming a panel of experts and community leaders from a variety of backgrounds who will be charged with reviewing the sources and causes of youth violence in urban areas, as well as developing proposals that will further reduce the rate of violent crime.

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School Board Approves ‘Interim’ Education Chief Rabinowitz Into 2017–Finch: Glad She’s Staying

March 23rd, 2015 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

What was advertised as a short-term interim basis replacing school chief Paul Vallas one year ago now appears to be at least a three-year gig for Fran Rabinowitz leading city schools. Monday night the Board of Education voted 7-2 to extend her contract until July 2017. She had been a finalist for appointment as Connecticut’s Commissioner of Education.
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NAACP Chief: Cop Recruitment Disappoints Reflection Of Community, Finch: City More Diverse Than Other CT Cities

March 23rd, 2015 · 32 Comments · City Politics, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Following a government recruitment drive to hire police officers who reflect the makeup of the city, the new head of the local NAACP George Mintz expressed disappointment in the numbers. As of Tuesday, 1,013 candidates had met the testing qualifications, according to a story by CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart. Of those, 139, or 14 percent are residents. Of the 1,013, 560, or 55 percent are white; 233, or 23 percent Hispanic; and 152, or 15 percent are black. Meanwhile Mayor Bill Finch asserts the city’s racial, ethnic and gender makeup is more diverse than other Connecticut cities.
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‘I Warn You It’s Your Town Next’–Racial Profiling Incident Leads To Legislative Proposal

March 23rd, 2015 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

A few decades ago Bridgeport State Senator Alvin Penn was stopped by a Trumbull police officer that triggered racial profiling legislation. The General Assembly’s Public Health Committee on Monday approved legislation that prohibits cops from crossing town lines to enforce municipal code violations, a case stemming from an incident last year involving former Major League baseball player Douglas Glanville, an ESPN analyst, who was shoveling snow in his Hartford driveway when a West Hartford cop asked “So, you trying to make a few extra bucks, shoveling people’s driveways around here?”
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