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Meghan Smith, 860-992-7645, 

May 12, 2017

The following is a statement from David McGuire, executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut:

"The callous disregard that Bridgeport police officers showed for Jayson Negron during his last moments of life is unacceptable. Their behavior was outside the realms of human decency and democracy.

The City of Bridgeport must immediately act to create true accountability, transparency, and respect for human life in the Bridgeport Police Department. As a state, Connecticut must not make the mistake of believing that police excessive force and police accountability are simply Bridgeport problems, or pretend that racial disparities in policing do not exist.

The time for statewide police reform was well before Jayson Negron's death. Now, the Connecticut legislature can and must prevent more tragedies. We call on the legislature to act decisively and swiftly by enacting meaningful, thorough police reform this year."

The ACLU of Connecticut's earlier statement regarding the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jayson Negron by Bridgeport police is here: