New Haven communities discuss how they can move forward from shootings

New Haven

The Greater New Haven Clergy Association hosted a community meeting on Thursday to discuss the recent shootings and how they can move forward. It was a very different tone to what we’ve been seeing on the days and weeks following the officer-involved shooting.

A meeting took place on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. between local clergy and elected officials at the Varick Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church on Dixwell Avenue in New Haven. The topic focused on recent shootings in New Haven’s Dixwell neighborhood, most notably the shooting back on April 16th that involved police officers from Hamden and Yale University.

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Pastor Kelcy Steele said, “We need to look at ways to create a positive bridge between community and police.”

The meeting comes after police commission meeting in Hamden on Wednesday night where tensions were running high. 

It was the first gathering since an unarmed couple was shot at by an officer from Hamden and an officer from Yale

Related: Protesters shut down Hamden PD Commission meeting

Potestors quickly took over shouting “No justice, no peace,” calling for the officer to be fired. The commission tried to go behind closed doors to let the crowd cool off, but that didn’t happen. 

The meeting was eventually cancelled. Protestors wanted to hear what the commission had to say about the shooting and see if they were going to launch an independent investigation. 

Of course, there’s been other gun violence in New Haven that will most likely come up in conversation on Thursday’s meeting. 

Related: 9-year-old boy shot in New Haven has been released from the hospital

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