Community activists have planned a rally for Monday at 5:30 p.m. in front of police headquarters to protest a police officer who fired a gun in a crowded city eatery. Some community voices claim there’s a double standard: a civilian in the same situation would have been pinched. More from Mike Mayko, CT Post:
The city’s response angered activists such as ex-state NAACP President James Griffin and current NAACP President Scott X. Esdaile; Lyle Hassan Jones, who has organized anti-violence marches for Save Our Babies; and area civil rights lawyers Burton Weinstein and John R. Williams.
All questioned whether Bridgeport police should investigate one of its own. Esdaile demanded a state police investigation, which came to fruition on Friday.
“We are rallying to demand equal application under the law and calling for Officer Santiago to be formally charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm and reckless endangerment for his incident on (Dec.) 17th,” said Keyser, who unsuccessfully ran for state representative in the 126th District in 2010 and for City Council in the 136th District in November.
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