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Hundreds of officers, supporters turn out for Back the Blue rally in Hartford amid police accountability bill vote

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — As the legislature plans to tackle a controversial police accountability bill Thursday, police rallied at the State Capitol in opposition.

Hundreds and hundreds of police officers and supporters of police showed up in droves to tell the legislature that they do not support the police accountability bill and they believe it puts them in danger.

“This bill has the flavor of punishment for law enforcement. It seems to be the national trend,” said Andrew Matthews, Executive Director, CT State Police Union.

State police union officials say Democrats in the state legislature are attempting to tackle police accountability without police input. But Thursday the voices of police could heard throughout the streets around the State Capitol, despite a small counter rally taking place at the same time.

RELATED: General Assembly to vote on absentee ballots, police accountability in Thursday’s special session

This, as legislators plan to take up a bill that claims to strengthen civilian oversight of police and repeal police immunity.

“Over the years a lot of the bills that have passed for state police: body cameras, dash board cameras, all kids of accountability because the public deserves that. But what can’t happen is people continue to attack law enforcement and expect that we’re going to be able to do our job to the best of our ability,” said Matthews.

“There’s no mandated training in this bill. If you want police change, you have to retrain them. Train them differently. That doesn’t exist in this bill. I’m for change but if we don’t it the right way,” said Sgt. John Krupinsky, CT State Fraternal Order, President.

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