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Steady Habits: Time to ‘defund the police?’ Lawmaker says we ‘need to think about’ it
Sen. Gary Winfield says the General Assembly must work swiftly in special session to craft legislation that addresses the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has mobilized thousands across the state.
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
State Sen. Gary Winfield, D-New Haven, has been at the forefront of police accountability efforts in the General Assembly for years, but he says there is now unprecedented urgency for legislative action.
He tells John Dankosky that the General Assembly — in special session — must work swiftly to craft craft legislation that addresses the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has mobilized thousands of protesters around the state and many more across the country.
“There’s always been a reluctance on the part of some people in the legislature — some of that coming from their understanding of what their community wants, some of that coming from pushback from police unions,” Winfield says. “But we are in a different day and time. If you look out your window, you might see people marching by.”
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On “Steady Habits,” our goal is to foster meaningful conversations with newsmakers and the journalists who cover them. We’re planning to dig into some of Connecticut’s biggest stories in policy and politics.
John Dankosky, a 25-year radio journalist in Connecticut, will serve as the program’s host.