Family accuses Fairfield PD of racial profiling; police and town leaders dispute claim

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Family accuses Fairfield PD of racial profiling; police and town leaders dispute claim

1,600 Fairfield University students were at the annual Clam Jam on Penfield Beach with alcohol, and a heavy police presence.

On April 27, Amanda Hanson says she saw officers grabbing and pushing her 20-year-old son in their yard.

“It was not until he was actually on our property that then they I think found a reason to come towards him,” Amanda Hanson said, “We have eyewitnesses who saw me fleeing on foot flying down my staircase outside.”

Naquan Oliver, a student at the university, had just left the annual Clam Jam nearby.

“He was approached and accused of trespassing,” Hanson said.

Police say it was a three minute encounter that’s being misportrayed.

Fairfield Police Chief Chris Lyddy said, “The facts that we’ve uncovered show that the officers did absolutely nothing wrong and that there was no racial bias involved.”

Police say Oliver was intoxicated and they are the ones who dealt with verbal abuse from Oliver and his mom.

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Chief Lyddy said, “There was no use of force. The individual was never patted down. He was momentarily detained to determine if he lived there.”

Amanda Hanson said, “I saw something very differently. I responded very differently.”

Since the incident, Hanson has met with local families of color. She believes that racism is prevalent in Fairfield.

She planned a protest to end racism for Saturday, the First Selectman and police chief plan to attend.
First Selectman Mike Tetreau said, “I don’t think we want to be stereotyped as just a rich suburban town. We are welcoming.”

The protest to end racism will meet here Saturday at noon on the Sherman Green. As far as Hanson’s son, he didn’t want to speak on camera but he will speak on Saturday.

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