Protesters shut down Hamden PD Commission meeting

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Protesters shut down Hamden PD Commission meeting

Protesters expressed their anger about a police-involved shooting in Hamden by interrupting a scheduled Hamden Police Commission meeting early Wednesday evening.

This was going to be the first police commission meeting since the officer-involved shooting in Hamden occured in mid-April.

Related: Quinnipiac University releases poll on Hamden officer-involved shooting in New Haven

Protesters entered the meeting, grabbed the microphone and yelled “No Justice, No Peace” and “Fire the Officer, Fire the Officer”.

The commission tried to go behind closed doors to let the protesters cool off, but they followed them and confronted the commissioner, demanding that the Hamden officer involved in the shooting be fired without an investigation.

Related: Lawyer: Officer thought man had gun when shooting at couple

Many people in the meeting wanted to hear what the commission had to say, to see if they were going to launch an independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

The commissioners had to be escorted out as the protesters stood in their way.

The Hamden Police Commission typically holds meetings every second Wednesday of the month; but this meeting was cancelled and no new date has been set for another, dragging out the start to an independent investigation.

Brad MacDowell from the Hamden Town Council said, “This needs to be done in a timely manner.”

The Hamden Town Council still needs to approve funding for an independent investigation. They are working on drafting a new resolution after the first one got voted down on Monday.

Related: Quinnipiac University releases poll on Hamden officer-involved shooting in New Haven

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