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Area residents, former employees and civil rights advocates from across the state delivered impassioned testimony Tuesday night, Feb. 21, 2012, about their experiences with the city's police and fire departments at a town hall meeting sponsored by the NAACP in a packed room at the Second Congregational Church in New London.

Published: February 21, 2012

Alfred Mayo, left, of Norwich, a New London Fire Department recruit who was let go days before graduating, wipes away tears as he listens while attending an NAACP town hall meeting at the Second Congregational Church in New London Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. His fiance, Loretta Rivera, comforts him.

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