By a 12-7 vote of the City Council Tuesday night mayoral appointee Danny Roach, Democratic district leader in Black Rock, will serve another term on the Police Commission. Kyle Langan, Ernie Newton, Karen Jackson, Christina Smith, Pete Spain, Maria Valle and Maria Viggiano cast no votes. Mary McBride Lee was absent.
From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
Roach’s return to the commission–he is also its acting chairman–ends a recent effort to find new members who might be harder on Police Chief Armando “A.J.” Perez and his department. Critics of the current commission have felt that it sat on the sidelines following last year’s shooting death of 15-year-old Jayson Negron by a rookie officer and other police-related controversies, and needs more proactive, reform-minded members.
But the council has recently supported all four of the police commission reappointments that Mayor Joe Ganim submitted, Roach’s being the last and most controversial.
Roach is a prominent member of the Democratic Town Committee, a close friend and political ally of Ganim’s and was given a municipal job by the mayor over two years ago. Also the Ganim family owns the Fairfield Avenue building in the Black Rock neighborhood where Roach operates a bar, Matty’s Corner.
Full story here.