Protestors Camp Out At Bridgeport Police Headquarters, Demand Reforms
Dozens of protesters are camped outside police headquarters in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They’re calling for the department to be abolished.
About a dozen tents are spread out on the street. Activists come and go. Some hand out snacks and water to protesters. Police look on from a distance.
Jeannia Fu is an activist with Justice for Jayson, a group founded after the 2017 police killing of 15-year-old Jayson Negron in Bridgeport.
“We have a very clear set of demands on Bridgeport, on the city council, which has the power to fulfill these demands. Defunding police and reinvesting in community livelihood, health, education, and wellbeing and employment.”
Protesters occupied the street over the weekend. Fu says they requested a meeting with city council members to discuss their demands, but that hasn’t happened yet.
“Enough is enough. No more death. That is why the community is out here to say, that if we want police violence to end, we actually need policing to end.”
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim says he encourages the protestors to express themselves and looks forward to exploring “constructive ideas.”