A responsive rather than reactionary police department was one of the sentiments shared Wednesday night at a forum at Bethel AME Church on Grove Street.
In response to clergy and neighborhood concerns about public safety Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, a multi-faith concern, hosted the forum facilitated by Pastor Bernadette Hickman-Maynard of Bethel AME and Pastor Anthony Bennett of Mount Aery Baptist Church.
Topics addressed included police response, neighborhood interaction and community policing, as well as the horrific shooting of nine people that left a man dead last week at Trumbull Gardens housing project.
From Fausto Giovanny Pinto, CT Post:
Marta Reyes, a longtime Bridgeport resident and family advocate, said she was attending the event to observe, particularly in light of last week’s shootings at the Trumbull Gardens apartments, where nine people were shot, one fatally.
“In my opinion, we are such a reactive society, and it takes an event like this for people to react.” said Reyes on the Trumbull Gardens incident. “This has been going on in the city for 35 years.”
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