People took to the streets in two communities Tuesday demanding action after a woman was shot as police opened fire in New Haven.
Surveillance video apparently captured the shooting near Argyle Street and Dixwell Avenue, which involved officers from the Yale and Hamden police departments.
Tensions were running high near the shooting scene at a rally Tuesday night. The mayors of both New Haven and Hamden came out, as well as their police chiefs, to offer their support to the community. But there were many who demanded more needs to be done.
Raising voices and concerns after police shot a woman in a car in New Haven.
Surveillance video capturing the dramatic moments near Argyle Street and Dixwell Avenue early this morning.
“It’s a terrible piece of footage that is out there,” said Rev. Dr. Boise Kimber.
People want to see police body camera video of what unfolded around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
“Release the footage now. Release the footage now,” protesters chanted.
Connecticut State Police, who are handling the investigation, say a Hamden officer and Yale officer both opened fire. Hamden’s acting police chief spoke to the crowd.
“I don’t have the footage. All the footage has been turned over to state police,” Acting Chief John Cappiello said.
Investigators say the officers had stopped the car because it was suspected of being linked to an attempted robbery in Hamden.
A witness describing a red car ramming a police cruiser.
State Police said the suspect did not follow orders, leading to officers going for their guns. No weapon was found in the car.
A woman who said her son was the suspect spoke to the crowd. He was not hurt.
“Stop being silent because any day it could be your kid,” she said.
The 22-year-old woman, who was the passenger and was hit, is expected to survive.
“We’re all angry. And I can’t ask you to believe it that we’re going to do the right thing…. I ask one thing: I ask you to believe in the actions that are taken,” Mayor Curt Leng of Hamden said.
But many have little faith in the investigation underway.
And so they took to the streets from New Haven to Hamden tonight.
“We are like our lives don’t matter. This condition in America has to change,” said Hamden resident Remidy Shareef.
Leng said that their officer involved has been placed on leave. Read his full statement on the situation below.
Police have yet to update us on the status of the suspect but they say no arrests have been made.
Mayor Leng Statement:
"Every time a gun is fired in our community, it has my concern and my immediate attention. Protecting as many people as we can, while also preventing as much crime and violence as possible, is arguably the core function of our hometown.
Please know that this incident is being investigated with the utmost seriousness that it deserves. The State of Connecticut is conducting a full investigation.
As Mayor, I will need to hold off on any further public comments to ensure nothing I say has even the slightest chance of tainting what I trust will be a comprehensive investigation and evaluation by the State. I intend to share the results of this investigation, and any other appropriate information in the coming days, to make the process as transparent as possible within the restrictions of a State investigation.
I commit to all today that I will continue this discussion and work together with Hamden's community leaders, law enforcement officials, clergy, and human rights counselors and advocacy groups in an effort to ensure that Hamden provides all people with the very best Police Services possible."