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Connecticut police are not the problem, accountability law ill advised

The rush to pass the Police Accountability Act (H.B. No. 6004) was the Connecticut General Assembly's and the governor's wrong move with good intentions. It was highly motivated by national politics and broadly written without comprehensive research in some areas.

I understand, and I am grateful that our state does not have the systemic problems other states and municipalities are experiencing. We should be praising the progressive efforts to advance our criminal justice system by the police and their respective communities. We are not a perfect state, but we always continue to improve.

I believe that our police departments are among the best in the nation. Any injustice to individual rights is rare and isolated. According to The Washington Post and their police shootings database, Connecticut is among the lowest in rate and deaths (Washington Post, 2020).

Our elected officials' action in the wake of social injustice should have been supportive of Connecticut police officers as brave and respectable people who lead by example. Troubled police departments throughout our country should be learning from Connecticut's finest.

The next special session should revisit and revise HB-6004 with better consideration for those who protect and serve.

Joseph Taraya



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