New video of New Haven police-involved shooting surfaces – CT Post

New video of New Haven police-involved shooting surfaces - CT Post

New video shows Hamden officer fired shots first at unarmed couple

A slightly enhanced screenshot of the video posted by Fox 61 that shows another angle of the police-involved shooting in New Haven, Conn. This new footage was posted by the news organization on Friday, April 19, 2019. The non-fatal shooting took place on Tuesday, April 16.

A slightly enhanced screenshot of the video posted by Fox 61 that shows another angle of the police-involved shooting in New Haven, Conn. This new footage was posted by the news organization on Friday, April

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A slightly enhanced screenshot of the video posted by Fox 61 that shows another angle of the police-involved shooting in New Haven, Conn. This new footage was posted by the news organization on Friday, April 19, 2019. The non-fatal shooting took place on Tuesday, April 16.

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Video: Protestors gathered at Yale University to protest in response to officer-involved shooting.

A slightly enhanced screenshot of the video posted by Fox 61 that shows another angle of the police-involved shooting in New Haven, Conn. This new footage was posted by the news organization on Friday, April

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NEW HAVEN — Additional footage of the New Haven police-involved shooting appears to show the Yale University officer fired his weapon during the incident.

The rally was organized by a coalition of local groups including Black Lives Matter New Haven and People Against Police Brutality, as well as a slew of Yale student organizations, such as the Yale Black Mens Union and the Yale Black Womens Coalition. The organizers specifically sought out the participation of Yale students. On both Tuesday — just hours after the shooting — and on Wednesday, activists gathered in various locations in both New Haven and Hamden to demand responses from city and town authorities. But on Thursday, participants at the rally directed their requests to the Yale administration.

Video: VIDEO: Protests to continue following officer-involved shooting

The shooting took place around 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, according to Connecticut State Police. Hamden police had been investigating an armed robbery and found a vehicle suspected to be involved in the robbery over the town line in New Haven.

In that vehicle was 21-year-old Paul Witherspoon and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Stephanie Washington.

There is a larger context of state-sanctioned violence that we are in, Kerry Ellington, a People Against Police Brutality community organizer, told the rallys attendees early in the afternoon as they gathered on Wall Street outside of Woodbridge Hall. [Washington and Witherspoon] did absolutely nothing wrong. And even if they did do something wrong, it still wouldnt be cause for deprivation of their rights. Why is it okay?

Video: VIDEO: Protests to continue following officer-involved shooting in New Haven

State Police Trooper Josue Dorelus said Tuesday that officers fired after the driver of the vehicle, a suspect in the alleged robbery, “exited the vehicle in an abrupt manner” and turned toward them. That’s when both Hamden and Yale officers fired their weapons.

“If you have individuals that are sensitive to the people they’re engaging with, you’re not going to be as quick to pull the trigger,” he said. “I’m not saying there wasn’t a threat, but what is your threat? When you’re a police officer, what threatens you? Is it the individual, what you’ve seen, what you’ve heard, the video you’re watching? I can guarantee when you engage with the community you won’t be as quick to pull the trigger.”

Hundreds protest YPD involvement in shooting

No one is seen getting out of the vehicle in a separate surveillance video that circulated in the press and the community Tuesday. In that clip, a Hamden officer appears to bring his car to a stop, get out, and fire toward the passenger-side door.

“This is about working together and trying to make meaningful change moving forward,” Leng said. “We can’t take away what happened. What happened was horrific but we can work together moving forward and I think there’s real dedication to doing that. The items put forward today are steps in that direction and only positive things can come from it and we can build a better police force, a better town, build a stronger force working together.”

On Wednesday, Hamden police identified Officer Devin Eaton as one of the officers involved. Yale identified Terrance Pollock as the university officer involved in the shooting.

Protesters shut down streets in New Haven

According to WTNH, Pollock was injured when he was grazed or hit by a ricochet bullet from his own weapon, or from Eaton’s

Hundreds of activists, local leaders and community members have protested in New Haven and Hamden following Tuesday’s shooting, calling for the release of body camera footage of the incident.

And Friday, Commissioner James C. Rovella of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection said that footage was provided to Connecticut State Police Thursday and would be released to the public next week.

Hamden and Yale police opened fire during a traffic stop in New Haven, wounding a woman. Heres what we know.

“We ask for a little patience but we expect to release to the public details of the investigation including body camera video next week,” he said in a prepared statement. “The integrity of the investigation, fair treatment for the individuals in the vehicle, officers involved and transparency is paramount in these types of investigations.”

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