Connecticut Post Editorial:
Arresting Mayor Bill Finch’s son for walking down the street with a street sign was a mighty petty action by Bridgeport police officers.
In the midst of a bona-fide public safety emergency, their judgment leaves a lot to be desired.
Now, was Peter Finch a bit juvenile and flippant in his behavior? Maybe.
But the 28-year-old is not a gun-carrying sworn officer of the law.
In the aftermath of a tornado hitting Bridgeport, the mayor’s son picked up a “Broad Street” sign from a toppled pole downtown, outside the City Hall annex. He walked down Broad Street with the sign and took it into Murphy’s Law, a bar on Fairfield Avenue, not before posing for a photo.
Perhaps not the most appropriate move when city public works crews were working hard to clean up the mess and police officers were trying to secure areas.
But would not a “Hey, kid, gimme the sign,” have sufficed?
The sorry fact is that one of the arresting officers, Frank Cuccaro, is a past president of Local 1159, the city’s police union.
Finch – Mayor Finch, that is – is leaning on the union for givebacks as the city tries to work its way through hard times. There’s plenty of bad blood to go around.
But if this was somebody’s idea of getting even, it’s pretty sad.
Recovery Update From Mayor’s Office:
Bridgeport EOC Tornado Recovery
· The City of Bridgeport EOC in coordination with the Connecticut American Red Cross will be setting up a Mass Care Distribution Point on Sunday, June 27, 2010 beginning at 10:00am at the Steel Pointe Parking Lot located at the corner of Pembroke and Ann Streets. (The distribution point will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
· At this site the Red Cross and EOC will be distributing water, ice and will provide light food for those residents impacted by the tornadic event. We will also be referring residents to various agencies to meet any specific needs they may have at this time.
· In addition, Cesar Batalla School will remain open until 9:00 a.m. Monday June 28, 2010. Residents located at the shelter will be assisted by the City and State Social Services Departments and the American Red Cross regarding any unmet housing needs.
· We continue to ask residents, businesses and non-profit agencies to contact the City of Bridgeport EOC at 203.579.3829 to report storm related damages. This will allow us to document the addresses and locations impacted by the storm and provide this information to FEMA on Monday. We also urge those impacted by the storm to contact their insurance provider to determine coverage.
· 700 customers are still without power in the city, and the UI as well as our Public Facilities and Police Departments are working together to remedy the situation.