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Prayer services held Sunday following officer-involved shooting in New Haven

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Nearly two weeks after an officer-involved shooting in New Haven wounded a young, unarmed black woman, the community continues to cry out. 

Two prayer services were held on Sunday, one in Hamden and the other in New Haven.

A young, unarmed couple, Paul Witherspoon and Stephanie Washington, were shot at by a Hamden police officer and a Yale officer. Washington was wounded by a bullet. 

Community policing, use of excessive force and healing were the overarching themes at both of these prayer services.

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Neighbors said they want to feel safe in their neighborhoods, but instead, they feel racially profiled and unsettled. 

Rodney Williams, the uncle of the young man shot at, said he and his family are having productive conversations with Hamden’s mayor and with Yale. He believes this not only can, but will, make a difference in the communities.

Williams said his family will be holding a press conference Monday at the scene of the officer-involved shooting at 10:30 a.m. to provide updates from the family’s point of view.

News 8 will be there.

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