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May 1, 2015

Amendment to Arrest Records Bill Catches Transparency Advocates Off Guard

by Elizabeth Regan | May 1, 2015 10:30am

Courtesy of CT.gov The head of the state’s Freedom of Information Commission was among those surprised to learn that a bill that would make arrest information available to the public was amended Monday by the Judiciary Committee.

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April 30, 2015

OP-ED | The Problem Isn’t (Just) The Police

by Susan Bigelow | April 30, 2015 10:20pm

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How do we fix the cops? That’s a tough question, and it’s not the only one we should be asking.

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April 29, 2015

OP-ED | It’s Time to De-militarize America’s Police, Hold Officers Accountable

by Jason Ortiz | April 29, 2015 9:30am

Another man, Freddie Gray, is dead because we have created a culture in which our police force places itself above the laws they enforce, and they treat poor communities as the enemy.

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April 28, 2015

Excessive Force Bill Moves Forward Without Police Body Camera Requirement

by Christine Stuart | April 28, 2015 2:34pm

CTNJ file photo The General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee gave the thumbs up Tuesday to a bill that increases the amount of training police officers receive regarding the use of excessive force, but they removed a section that would have mandated that officers wear body cameras.

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April 22, 2015

State Trooper Contract Approved By Appropriations; Raises Wages, Phases Out Longevity

by Elizabeth Regan | April 22, 2015 8:30am

CT-N screengrab The General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee approved a three-year contract between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and the Connecticut State Police that will increase troopers’ wages nine percent by 2018 while removing the prospect of longevity pay for new recruits.

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April 20, 2015

Casino Bill Moves Forward After South Windsor Republican’s Amendment Fails

by Christine Stuart | April 20, 2015 3:21pm

Courtnesy of CT-N A Republican lawmaker failed to convince his colleagues Monday on the Planning & Development Committee to amend the casino expansion legislation to give host municipalities more leverage.

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April 15, 2015

Connecticut Lottery Corp. Makes Its Pitch For Keno

by Cara Rosner | April 15, 2015 6:09pm

Christine Stuart photo Proponents told members of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee on Wednesday that bringing keno to Connecticut is essential to keeping the state’s lottery competitive with other states’, while opponents decried the game as a short-sighted and ill-advised way to generate revenue.

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April 13, 2015

Nasty Email Causes Judiciary Committee To Come To A Screeching Halt

by Christine Stuart | April 13, 2015 8:22pm

CTNJ file photo Name calling in a weekend email from a Hartford Democrat brought the Judiciary Committee to a halt on Monday only hours before the committee’s deadline to complete its business.

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April 10, 2015

OP-ED | On Access to Police Records, the People Have Compromised Too Much Already

by James H. Smith | April 10, 2015 3:15pm

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Our state Supreme Court ruled last summer that all anyone needs to know is the name of someone arrested, the date, and where the arrest took place. That’s it. 911 tapes? No way. Crime scene photos? Absolutely not. Race of the person arrested? Nope. Criminal record of the person arrested? No way. Nada. Nothing.

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April 7, 2015

Report: Analysis Shows Racial Disparity in Traffic Stops by Several Connecticut Police Departments

by Elizabeth Regan | April 7, 2015 5:18pm

Elizabeth Regan Police departments in Groton, Granby, and Waterbury and state police troops in Tolland and Hartford are more likely to stop black and Hispanic drivers, according to a study conducted by the Institute for Municipal Regional Policy.

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