Public Safety Committee members Ernie Newton, Kyle Langan and Karen Jackson voted no to confirm the reappointment of Danny Roach, a longtime friend and ally of Mayor Joe Ganim, to the Police Commission. Jack Banta, Eneida Martinez and Maria Valle voted yes. Committee chair Michelle Lyons broke the tie in favor of Roach. The full council will likely vote on the matter in September.
Roach, who owns Matty’s Corner bar in Black Rock, also has a six-figure position with the city.
More on this from CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart:
In a 4-3 vote, members of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee this week recommended that the full, 20-person legislative body support Ganim’s reappointment of Roach to the civilian group overseeing Bridgeport’s Finest at an upcoming meeting.
“It’s a very good board. I think we’ve been responsive to the public. I would would like to carry on, at least for the time being,” Roach told council members before his public interview, which was attended by an unusually large number of residents.
Critics of the police department argue that controversies–ranging from the May, 2017, shooting death of a 15-year-old by a rookie cop to the chief’s top aide being accused of sending racist texts to a fellow officer–require new, more proactive Police Commission members.
“With all the things going on in our police department … I have yet to hear the commission say anything, take a stand or make a statement,” Councilman Ernie Newton told Roach.
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