Lawmaker wants to ban police from shooting at vehicles

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A Connecticut lawmaker is proposing a ban on police firing their guns to stop vehicles, in response to an officer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed man who tried to flee a traffic stop.

Democratic state Sen. Gary Winfield, of New Haven, said Thursday that the proposal will be part of new legislation to limit police use of force and increase police accountability.

Winfield also wants to prohibit officers in many cases from stepping in front of vehicles, which is what happened in the April 20 fatal shooting by Wethersfield officer Layau Eulizier.

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Police say Eulizier fired at the windshield of a car driven toward him by 18-year-old Anthony Jose Vega Cruz, who later died.

The shooting and another recent officer-involved shooting in New Haven that wounded a woman sparked protests.

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