From FTP and NYTimes Citizens of New Haven have been protesting every day since last Tuesday after police blocked in an innocent couple in their vehicle and opened fire on them for no reason. The entire incident was captured on video and showed the utter cowardice and ridiculous violence carried out by New Haven’s best.
Stephanie Washington, 22, was hospitalized last week after two trigger-happy white cops opened fire on her and her boyfriend Paul Witherspoon, 21. According to police, Officer Devin Eaton and Yale police Officer Terrance Pollack were responding to reports of a robbery at a nearby gas station when they stopped the vehicle in which Washington was a passenger.
In only seconds, both officers jumped out of the vehicles and began shooting at this innocent couple. After they shot Washington, they realized the couple was unarmed and hadn’t done anything wrong.
Witherspoon’s uncle told reporters that there was an argument at the gas station, but no attempted robbery. His comments were backed up by the fact that no charges were filed against either of the vehicle’s occupants.
A state police official has told The Courant there appears to be no sign Witherspoon had a gun. A preliminary search of the car did not reveal a firearm.
The lawyer for the driver whose car was fired upon by Hamden and Yale officers last week is waiting for police dashcam and body camera footage to complete the picture, but he said Monday it looks like police opened fire without provocation.
Attorney Mike Dolan said his own investigation suggests that this “this was truly a ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ situation." [MORE]
Connecticut officials expect to release details to the public next week about the investigation into a shooting that involved police, wounded a woman and led to protests.
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner James Rovella said Friday night he's asking for "a little patience," but plans to release police body camera video and other information.
Police claim that Witherspoon had a weapon so they had no other option but to begin dumping rounds into the car. However, a search of the vehicle, video footage from surveillance cameras as well as the officers’ own body camera footage, shows that no such weapon existed.
What’s more, police claim that they opened fire because Witherspoon “exited the vehicle in an abrupt manner” and turned toward them. However, as the video shows, that never happened.
As the video shows, the officers were the only ones who jumped out of a vehicle and they immediately opened fire for absolutely no reason.
The officers’ actions were so excessive and careless that Pollack was hit with a bullet as well.
As you watch the video below, realize that this could’ve happened to anyone. Witherspoon and Washington had committed no crime, yet two armed agents of the state blocked them in and attempted to murder them.
Had they been successful at their attempted murder, rest assured that no one but the taxpayers would be held liable.