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National unrest sharpens CT’s focus on police-community trust

Connecticut NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile and New Haven Police Sgt. Shafiq Abdussabar engage in dialogue during a police-community forum in New Haven on July 22. This is one of several such forums that have taken place across Connecticut in the wake of police shootings and the killing of unarmed black men.

Despite enacting some of the country’s most progressive police reforms, Connecticut still faces the same questions other states do about whether police are doing enough to enforce the law effectively without infringing on the civil rights of minorities, and if they are doing enough to build trust with their communities. Continue Reading →

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Hartford police begin New Year with old civil rights problem

Graduates of a Hartford Police Department Academy class in 2012.

It was the late 1960s and many American cities were ablaze with racial tensions involving police that often resulted in rioting and violence. Hartford was no exception. The result was a lawsuit and a legal agreement for the city to make a number of changes, including hiring more minority police officers. But after more than 40 years, the police force is still bound by the agreement and struggling to more closely mirror its community. Continue Reading →

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