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New Haven Police Call For Calm After Molotov Cocktails Hit Substations

Jae C. Hong

Officials in New Haven, Connecticut, called for unity after two police substations were attacked with Molotov cocktails during weekend protests.  

Police said someone tried to set fire to substations in the city’s Hill and Newhallville neighborhoods during protests tied to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Police Chief Otoniel Reyes said, aside from the incidents, the protests were a success compared to others across the country.

“With the exception of a few people within that group, everyone came there to peacefully protest. And that’s why I think we had positive outcomes. I think the crowd overwhelmingly wanted to have positive outcomes and so did the police. We’re not gonna allow a few actors to terrorize our communities. That’s why we’re here today. We’re here to say in a resounding fashion, we’re not gonna tolerate it. That’s not what we’re about. New Haven is one community, we’re a peaceful community and we’re a community of action.”

Reyes said no one was arrested during the weekend’s protests, although police used pepper spray and some protestors threw bottles during protests outside city hall.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.
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