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State Police To Patrol Bridgeport After Rash Of Shootings

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Amid a spike in gun violence, Connecticut State Police say they will begin patrolling the city streets of Bridgeport.

Since mass protests over the killing of George Floyd, shootings have spiked in Bridgeport. On Thursday, one died and three were wounded in a long-running group feud. Days before there were four more shootings, killing or injuring five. Three more shootings happened earlier in the month.

State police said they would deploy two troopers for less than a full shift to walk the streets. A spokesman said they weren’t there to make arrests. Only to show a presence and quell violence. 

In February, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim created a special task force to fight gun violence in the city.

Charles is senior reporter focusing on special projects. He has won numerous awards including an IRE award, three SPJ Public Service Awards, and a National Murrow. He was also a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and Third Coast Director’s Choice Award.
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