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Hamden Officer Charged In Shooting Should Be Fired, Acting Police Chief Says

Connecticut State Police via AP

The acting police chief of Hamden, Connecticut, has recommended that one of his officers be fired for an April shooting in the neighboring city of New Haven.

Officer Devon Eaton shot his gun 13 times at an unarmed couple’s car and wounded a 22-year-old woman.

Connecticut ACLU Director David McGuire says Hamden residents have wanted Eaton to be fired for months.

“This process has taken entirely too long. It shouldn’t have taken months for this to move forward. The town should not have disregarded residents to begin with, and it should not continue to ignore them now that the police department’s acting chief has also recommended termination.”

Eaton has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and reckless endangerment. A Yale University police officer who also took part in the shooting wasn’t charged.