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Entries Tagged as 'Beardsley Park'

City Cop Cleared In Stomping Incident

January 14th, 2015 · 16 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

While two police officers entered misdemeanor guilty pleas in the Beardsley Park stomping of a suspect, the third officer charged, Clive Higgins, went to trial. Wednesday afternoon he was cleared by a federal jury, showing once again the reluctance to convict cops. The city paid the suspect $200,000 to settle a civil legal claim in […]

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The Revival Of Christmas Village

December 23rd, 2014 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport

Sweet treats and eats and good health to all OIB friends this season. Christmas Village has been part of the city’s holiday fabric for more than 50 years. In 1982 it became a remarkable story for the entire country.

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‘I Can’t Breathe … I Can’t Breathe’

December 11th, 2014 · 59 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Courage and control illustrate exceptional police work. In Bridgeport, we’ve seen examples of solid police work. We’ve also seen through video how three cops got it wrong such as stomping a tasered man in Beardsley Park that led to federal civil rights violations and cost city taxpayers $200,000. The Connecticut Post featured this editorial about […]

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In The Wake Of Ferguson, Body Cameras For City Police Officers?

December 3rd, 2014 · 12 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Is the Bridgeport police force considering body cameras for all its sworn officers? Police Chief Joe Gaudett says it’s a worthy discussion in conjunction with the Police Union to both guard against police abuse and abuse heaped on cops. Bridgeport has had its share of police abuse issues, including the 2011 stomping of a man […]

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Trefz: UB Is Family–Business School Unveiled, Finch Attends Ceremony

September 10th, 2014 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, Education, News and Events

Saluted by university officials, business titans, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and Mayor Bill Finch, Ernest C. Trefz, better known as Ernie, announced on Tuesday he was “proud to play a role in the past, present and future” of the University of Bridgeport that dedicated a new business school in the entrepreneur’s name featuring a newly […]

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Did You Tag Sale At Mayor’s House?

September 1st, 2014 · 43 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Politics, News and Events

Labor Day weekend is a time for chillin’ and grillin’, biking and hiking, tanning and fanning. And oh yes, tag saleing. Mayor Bill Finch hosted a lawn sale at his Crown Street home on Saturday. Was hizzoner a tough negotiator on the goods?

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City Cop Charged With Excessive Force For Beardsley Park Stomping, Suspended Without Pay

August 8th, 2014 · 7 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

The stomping of a city man in Beardsley Park in 2011 has led to the federal indictment of  city police officer Clive Higgins on civil rights violations. The two other officers involved in the kicking of a suspect have entered guilty pleas in the matter. The officer was placed on unpaid suspension, according to city […]

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