In the Elm City, leaders in politics and the community are working together to strengthen relations between the police and communities of color.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, police and clergy gathered at City Hall Monday morning for a roundtable conversation to address community police relations that some say are strained on the national level following a string of deadly officer-involved shootings and the deadly attack on police in Dallas, Texas last week.
Blumenthal called New Haven a leader in community policing and said he wants the state to be a leader on the issue nationally.
“I think Connecticut can be at the forefront of a national conversation that this kind of gathering represents as a beginning” Blumenthal said.
“It’s about a frank conversation about race issues, it’s about gun violence and it’s about respect for law enforcement officers” DeLauro said.
Blumenthal said he plans to have more of these community conversations on a statewide level in the coming days.