Arrests at Bridgeport fatal police shooting protest create social media stir – CTPost

Arrests at Bridgeport fatal police shooting protest create social media stir - CTPost

Reporter Detained While Covering Shooting Victim Demonstration

Protesters link arms as they face Bridgeport police officers in a Walgreens parking lot in Bridgeport on Thursday . They were there to mark the second anniversary of Negrons death after he was shot and killed by a police officer near the pharmacy.

Protesters link arms as they face Bridgeport police officers in a Walgreens parking lot in Bridgeport on Thursday . They were there to mark the second anniversary of Negrons death after he was shot and killed

Connecticut Post reporter Tara O’Neill, a responsible journalist who covers police, was handcuffed and briefly taken into custody by city police on Thursday while covering a demonstration to mark the second anniversary of the death of 15-year-old Jayson Negron who was shot to death by a city officer following pursuit of a stolen vehicle. The officer was hit by the driver side door and then fired a round killing Negron. State prosecutors cleared Officer James Boulay of criminal wrongdoing describing his actions as justified.

Protesters link arms as they face Bridgeport police officers in a Walgreens parking lot in Bridgeport on Thursday . They were there to mark the second anniversary of Negrons death after he was shot and killed by a police officer near the pharmacy.

The fact that a local journalist was arrested for doing her job and reporting on the actions of police and protesters is extremely troubling, and the public deserves a full explanation of how it happened and what steps will be taken to make sure that the freedom of the press and the publics right to know is not infringed upon like this in the future, Matt DeRienzo, vice president of news and digital content for Hearst Connecticut Media, said after ONeills arrest.

Protesters link arms as they face Bridgeport police officers in a Walgreens parking lot in Bridgeport on Thursday . They were there to mark the second anniversary of Negrons death after he was shot and killed

Social media has lit up following nearly a dozen arrests during a demonstration Thursday night in Bridgeport.

I was released after being handcuffed, put in the back of a cop car and taken to booking. The officer who arrested me profusely apologized and said he didnt know I was the media. I was not charged. I was not put into a holding cell. Others arrested were.

The demonstration marked the second anniversary of an officer-involved shooting in Bridgeport that killed 15-year-old Jayson Negron.

To clarify: I was handcuffed, put into a police cruiser, taken to booking, patted down, my belongings were taken down for inventory and put in a bag… I was told they could release me on a written promise to appear. Then, I was let go without charges.

A total of 11 people were arrested and a Hearst Connecticut Media reporter was detained near the site of the shooting on Fairfield Avenue. Ten of those arrested were charged with inciting a riot, interfering with police and second-degree breach of peace. They were released after posting bond.

State Senator Marilyn Moore, a candidate for mayor, joined a gathering of protesters outside of police headquarters where 11 people in connection with the demonstration were detained. They’ve been released on bond.

Tara O’Neill, a Bridgeport police reporter, was detained as she was observing from the sidewalk on Fairfield Avenue as a line of police officers ordered everyone off the street. O’Neill, who identified herself as a journalist, was handcuffed and taken in the back of a police cruiser to headquarters. After being detained for about 30 minutes, she was released without being charged.

Tara ONeill is a dedicated reporter who is well-known to Bridgeport police and police leadership. Theres no chance this was a case of mistaken identity. They arrested a reporter while she was doing her job.

Today marks two years since 15-year-old Jayson Negron was shot by #Bridgeport Police Officer James Boulay. Im headed to Fairfield Avenue, where he was shot… Im told protestors have gathered in the area.

A police phalanx on Thursday ordered people off a Downtown Street. O’Neill, on video, is heard saying “I’m on a public sidewalk” prior to taken into custody.

To clarify: I was handcuffed, put into a police cruiser, taken to booking, patted down, my belongings were taken down for inventory and put in a bag… I was told they could release me on a written promise to appear. Then, I was let go without charges.

O’Neill had been live tweeting during the event and she continued to report even as she was handcuffed.

Footage of me getting arrested in #Bridgeport while covering a #JusticeforJayson protest on the two-year anniversary of his death. pic.twitter.com/4zEFIHSKj9

Today marks two years since 15-year-old Jayson Negron was shot by #Bridgeport Police Officer James Boulay. Im headed to Fairfield Avenue, where he was shot… Im told protestors have gathered in the area.

Last night, @bptpolice arrested peaceful protesters with @Justice4JaysonN and arrested a reporter. This is not the first time Bridgeport police have arrested peaceful protesters who were calling for an end to police violence. BPD needs to stop arresting them and start listening.

O’Neill was released about a half hour later and said the Bridgeport police officer who arrested her apologized and said he did not know she was a member of the media.

Footage of me getting arrested in #Bridgeport while covering a #JusticeforJayson protest on the two-year anniversary of his death. pic.twitter.com/4zEFIHSKj9

Others have since taken to social media in support of O’Neill and those who were charged Thursday night.

Nine of the BRIDGEPORT ELEVEN including Kerry are still being held. This is a blatant act of retaliation. The protesters are being charged with disturbing the peace, interfering with arrest, breach of peace, and inciting a riot. Its trumped up bullshit. 1/4

Last night, @bptpolice arrested peaceful protesters with @Justice4JaysonN and arrested a reporter. This is not the first time Bridgeport police have arrested peaceful protesters who were calling for an end to police violence. BPD needs to stop arresting them and start listening.

#BridgeportPolice arrest a member of the pressWhile covering a protest about their own mess.We need an independent investigation of this ugly show.Its an unwarranted attack on the publics right-to-know.

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