CloseImage 1 of 1 This banner was attached to the Route 15 structure in New Haven known as the Heros Tunnel. State Police are asking the public for information about it, This banner was attached to the Route 15 structure in New Haven known as the Heros Tunnel. State Police are asking the public for information about it, Photo: Contributed CSP seeks information about anti-police banner on Route 15 in New Haven 1 / 1 Back to Gallery
NEW HAVEN — Connecticut State Police are seeking information about an anti-police banner found hanging on the northbound side of Wilbur Cross Parkway near the West Rock tunnel, which is also known as Heroes Tunnel.
State police received numerous calls Wednesday about the banner, which, according to an image posted on Facebook, stated, “abolish the police, revolutionary justice for Daniel Shaver, Jayson Negron, Zoe Dowdell and all victims of police terrorism.”
New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell said officers were made aware of the banner in case there were any spontaneous protests or incidents during a motor vehicle stop, adding that some of the department’s crime suppression patrol officers had doubled up.
“I’m very grateful that we still live in a democratic society where people can express their feelings, whether they are pro-police or anti-police. We support people’s rights to be able to express themselves,” Campbell said. “It was nonviolent and they have the right to express themselves in that way. Of course, we believe we support all members of the community, whether they are for us or not. We support their right to speak out against what they may view as something they don’t agree with.”
Luther “Dee” White, 70, a former New Haven resident, said he believes the people behind the sign are expressing their frustration with a system that is predicated on making sure everybody stays in their place. He said he is a product of apartheid and marched on Washington, D.C., in 1963, and is aware of both the advances and frustrations of the black community.
“The police by themselves aren’t doing anything wrong. They’re being mandated to do what they’re doing,” White said. “Because of all the other influences in the inner city, whether we’re talking about mass incarceration or drug enforcement or lack of education or lack of opportunities and jobs, whatever the fundamental underlying cause is, for these young black males, their structured discipline life ends at 18.”
Marshall Segar, attorney for the New Haven police union, said the union doesn’t have an opinion on what was done, but he disagrees with the message expressed.
“I mean, the police officers protect everyone’s rights, and if somebody chooses to utilize their free speech to hang a banner and protest the police, they have a right to do so, but we don’t agree with their sentiments,” he said.
Campbell said the New Haven Police Department will continue to monitor the situation, making sure the “entirety of the public is kept safe at all times.”
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Connecticut State Police Troop I in Bethany at 203-393-4200.
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Source : http://www.nhregister.com/news/article/CSP-seeks-information-about-anti-police-banner-on-12477319.php701