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COVID-19 Deaths Hit 3,000, Connecticut Prepares To Reopen, And Gun Rights Group Files Suit

May 11, 2020

As Connecticut continues to focus on reopening its economy, this state’s coronavirus death toll reached a grim milestone Monday. State officials reported that 3,008 people here have now succumbed to this deadly disease.

Lori Mack / Connecticut Public Radio

Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane says he will finalize his review this week of several incomplete reports on deadly police shootings. 

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

On average, police are more likely to pull over a person of color than a white person. That’s what the data shows.

Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Vermont have all taken steps to reduce this disparity, but these stops still happen every day. And, that higher number of stops leads to more encounters between civilians and police.

Last April, Anthony Vega Cruz was shot and killed by police in Wethersfield, Connecticut after cops tried to pull him over. He was 18 years old.

Ryan Lindsay / Connecticut Public Radio

Two recent officer-involved shootings have shaken communities across Connecticut.  This hour, we take a look at these two stories. We hear from Connecticut Public Radio reporters who’ve been on the ground in New Haven and Wethersfield.

We ask a lawmaker: Does Connecticut have in place strong enough laws for police accountability? And we take a look at de-escalation training for police.  How can this training serve officers in the heat of the moment?

Kittrell Lauray, 18, center, a family friend, holds up a "Justice for Chulo" banner during Thursday's march down Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield. Police blocked off the road for about two hours.
Vanessa de la Torre / Connecticut Public Radio

The shooting death of 18-year-old Anthony Jose "Chulo" Vega Cruz by a Wethersfield police officer prompted protesters to take to the streets of Hartford and Wethersfield Thursday night.