From Peter Yankowski, CT Post:
Connecticut police officers used force against Black and Hispanic people nearly twice as many times as they did against white people during a recent two-year period, according to a study released Thursday.
The findings from the University of Connecticut’s Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy analyzed police use-of-force incidents reported in 2019 and 2020 by 55 municipal police departments, four special police departments and the Connecticut State Police.
Bridgeport police reported the most use-of-force incidents in those years with 264. Waterbury police followed at 229 instances. State police reported 181, while New Haven had 161 and Hartford reported 91 instances.
During the two years, Black people were the subject of a use-of-force incident in 506 of the 1,315 reported incidents–about 38 percent of instances where police used force, according to the report. Police used force against white people in 437 instances, about one-third of all reported occurrences. Hispanic people were the subject of police use-of-force 268 times, or about 20 percent of the cases analyzed in the findings.
Combined, Black and Hispanic people were the subjects of police use-of-force 774 times out of the 1,315 incidents, the data showed.
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