Connecticut Task Force Discusses Fear of Police

Jul 1, 2020

A Connecticut state task force on police transparency and accountability met this week to discuss how to address the public’s fear of officers. 

Daryl McGraw chairs the committee of law enforcement, clergy and community leaders. He played a viral video of a boy who hid behind a jeep when he saw a Trumbull police SUV pass his driveway. McGraw says he is glad the video did not escalate into a fatal encounter.

“I’m glad we didn’t have to take a moment of silence today, but we did have to see that video and there are things that are still happening in this country, still happening in this state.”

McGraw says the boy told his father that he hid from police because they killed George Floyd, the Black man whose death sparked worldwide protests against racism. 

Milford Police Chief Keith Mello acknowledges many people view police as dangerous.

“It’s something that we struggle with, and I hope that as we seize in this momentum that we can, if not eliminate, at least lessen those instances where young people, for whatever reason, look at us and don’t see us as someone that’s there to protect us.”