Statement from Rev. D. Stanley Lord, president of the Greater Bridgeport NAACP:
The Greater Bridgeport NAACP Branch speaks up for the safety of all community members. The Greater Bridgeport Branch NAACP is demanding once again, that ALL BRIDGEPORT POLICE OFFICERS BE EQUIPED WITH BODY CAMS. Weapons in the hands of police officers not wearing camera equipment leave the community guessing and wondering what took place.
Last night’s officer-involved shooting incident is a case in point. Why is equipment that has been issued, not used, for this Task Force? The murder of George Floyd witnessed on less than 10 minutes of video, and attended by police officers, is mute testimony to what is happening in the streets.
The Bridgeport Police Department leadership and agency direction are so disconnected from the community at large that cooperation, respect and/or authority is not observed. The morale of officers so affecting that work in other cities is broadly attractive. There are organizations in the community like the Greater Bridgeport NAACP that support those community members who are suffering from gun violence.
Bridgeport needs to be looking for the alternatives and solutions that are at work in other large communities, that can be adapted and made accountable in our City. We need a Police Department that respect, all of its Officers, show respect to community and grassroots organizations.