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After Dallas shooting, Murphy knocks Congress for inaction on gun control

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy filibusters on the Senate floor Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s members of Congress called for calm, prayers, healing and justice in the wake of the shooting of five police officers in Dallas and the slaying by police of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. But Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., also slammed Congress for inaction on gun control. Continue Reading →

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Mental health experts question police PTSD compromise

this is a picture of Sen. Cathy Osten

A compromise proposal that passed the Senate last week would extend workers’ compensation benefits to police who experience mental health problems stemming from responding to a death caused by a person, but not those related to handling fatal car accidents. Mental health professionals say the distinction might make sense politically, but it makes little sense medically. Continue Reading →

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Police violence cases spurring CT proposals for body cameras

Police wearing body cameras in the United Kingdom.

WASHINGTON — A rash of cases involving police violence against young black men — most recently including the death of a Baltimore man in police custody — has bolstered the case for body-worn police video cameras both in Connecticut and Washington. Several Connecticut departments are exploring the idea, and the U.S. Senate will hold a hearing on the issue this week. Continue Reading →

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State to review CT police use of military equipment

The Willimantic Police Department's SWAT vehicle given to the town by the Department of Defense.

WASHINGTON – Connecticut’s police chiefs assured the state’s U.S. senators that the abuses of police authority that occurred in Ferguson, Mo., would likely not happen in Connecticut. But it’s likely Connecticut cops’ use of military equipment to fight crime is soon coming under review. Continue Reading →

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Grenade launchers and other war-fighting equipment militarizes CT police

The Willimantic Police Department's SWAT vehicle given to the town by the Department of Defense.

WASHINGTON – Images of Ferguson police dressed in riot gear, riding in massive armored vehicles and using high-power rifles like those used by the U.S .military has touched off a debate on the wisdom of militarizing police forces across the nation, including those in Connecticut, by giving them cast off Pentagon equipment. Continue Reading →

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