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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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Legislators approve ‘Second Chance,’ body camera bills

Rep. Angel Arce was one of many legislators who photographed the vote tally for An Act Concerning Excessive Use of Force."

The Connecticut House and Senate voted in quick succession Monday to adopt two major criminal justice bills intended to increase police accountability, end racially disparate sentencing and lower incarceration rates for non-violent crimes. Continue Reading →

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Legislature to return Monday for concessions to business

From left, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff and Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney explain budget changes.

The legislature and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy would sacrifice pieces of their biggest initiatives – property tax reform and transportation, respectively – to help roll back about 10 percent of the tax hikes in the new state budget, sources from the House and Senate Democratic caucuses said Friday. Legislators return Monday for what they hope will be a one-day special session. Continue Reading →

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