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State Senator

Ed Gomes

Representing Bridgeport & Stratford

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A Letter by Sen. Gomes:
On Anniversary of Jayson Negron’s Killing, Connecticut Passes Legislation to Review Police Transparency

One year ago today, a 15 year old boy named Jayson Negron was shot and killed by a member of the Bridgeport police department. Jayson was a beloved son, brother and friend. Even at such a young age, he aspired to greatness, brought joy and laughter to the lives he touched, and protected and served members of his community.

After numerous cases of police brutality in our city, the questions surrounding our community’s needs for transparency, accountability, and inclusion continue.

Today, one year after Jayson was killed, the State Senate passed an amendment to our current body camera task force. After the Governor signs this measure into law, this task force will be responsible for studying under what circumstances, if any, should a police officer be permitted to review a recording from body-worn recording equipment. The ability of officer’s to review footage prior to giving a formal statement about the use of force raises many concerns. Additionally, members of the public or victims or their family members should be permitted to review a recording from body-worn recording equipment during an investigation or following an allegation of excessive use of force by a police officer. These issues are critical for the task force to explore.

While this conversation is being held on the local level, it needs to be had on the legislative level with focus and care. This amendment goes one step further to bring to the table the voices of families who have lost loved ones due to the use of police force.

It’s time our legislature heard the voices of those most directly affected by the state of policing in Connecticut.

Senator Ed Gomes is currently serving his sixth term as state Senator for the 23rd Senatorial District, which includes Bridgeport and Stratford.






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