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Old Saybrook Police Refuse To Release Footage Of Interrogation Of Subject With Down Syndrome

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The Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Police Department says it will not release video footage of officers questioning a man with Down syndrome about a stolen street sign.

Rebecca Roy said Old Saybrook officers aggressively interrogated her brother, CJ, earlier this month. Roy said her brother could not have stolen the sign because he was unable to drive.

Police Chief Michael Spera said the department declined Hearst Connecticut Media’s request to release body and dash camera footage. Spera said the incident was an uncorroborated allegation under the state Freedom of Information Act.

He said in a statement that the police department met with Roy’s family, and were able to reach a better understanding.