Hartford State’s Attorney Steps Down After Criticism Over Police Shootings

Jul 1, 2020

Hartford State’s Attorney Gail P. Hardy has withdrawn consideration to keep her job. This comes as Hardy faces criticism for delay in investigations of police shootings.

Hardy became the first Black state’s attorney in Connecticut more than a decade ago. During a public comment period on her job performance last week, she faced four hours of criticism from supporters of the global movement against police brutality.

The Hartford Courant found Hardy failed to close investigations for four fatal police shootings from 2008 to 2011. She apologized to the state Criminal Justice Commission, saying: “I let down victims who had lost family members at the hands of police. In those same cases, I let down police officers who awaited written outcomes of their fate.”

Hardy told the Commission she’ll lead a diversity initiative in the state’s attorney office instead. She’ll stay in her current role until they find her replacement.