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Monday roundup

by: ctblogger

Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 20:13:55 PM EST

  • Only in Bridgeport...
    The fuzzy video uploaded on YouTube shows Bridgeport cops using a stun gun on a man in Beardsley Park as he tries to run from them.

    There is a pop and a sizzle from the electric stun gun, then a shout of "nice shot" from off camera as the man lies face down in the grass. Within seconds, two police officers are on him, kicking and stomping him as he writhes on the ground.

    Moments later, a police cruiser speeds into the frame, sirens screaming, and stops short. The driver's side door bursts open and a third cop leaps out, runs over, and joins in the kicking.

    The video was posted Jan. 18 by an anonymous witness to the May 20, 2011, incident in the park. At one point, the witness yells at the officers, "You got him, cut the (expletive)."

  • Fans of Martha Dean?
    A false fire alarm, 45-minute waits to get into the Capitol complex, even the heckling of a bereaved parent of a Newtown shooting victim marked Monday's day-long legislative hearing on gun control.

    "The Second Amendment!" was shouted by several gun enthusiasts in the meeting room as Neil Heslin, holding a photo of his 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, asked why Bushmaster assault-style weapons are allowed to be sold in the state.


    Senate Majority Leader Martin M. Looney, co-chairman of the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group, threatened to empty the meeting room in the Legislative Office Building -- jammed with hundreds of people -- if the outbursts and chatter from the audience continued.

  • Not everyone is jumping for joy over the latest immigration reform proposal.
    Rolled out a day before President Obama releases his plan, the senators' proposal calls for tighter border enforcement, a new guest worker program and requirements for employers to verify workers' immigration status.

    The "tough but fair" path to citizenship for undocumented aliens includes passing a background check and "settling their debt to society" by paying a fine and back taxes. That would give an immigrant probationary legal status with a chance to apply for residency after Congress determines borders are secure.

    John Jairo Lugo, an immigration advocate with New Haven's Unidad Latina en Accion, said the compromise is short on carrot and long on stick.

    "We should not accept a bill that has a lot of conditions," he said Monday afternoon.

    One concern is the proposed fine. The last time a comprehensive bill was considered in Congress, which was in 2006, it required immigrants to pay thousands of dollars in fines. Many undocumented workers can't afford that, Lugo said.

    "If you want to be serious about this, it should not have so many hurdles," he said.

    Anthony Collins, an immigration lawyer in Wethersfield, said he's "a little bit hesitant" to endorse the plan. One worry is how his clients would estimate the back taxes they might owe.

    "It's extremely difficult for people to calculate them," Collins said. "(Congress) has to be realistic."

  • The verdict is in...
    In overwhelming numbers, Connecticut teachers favor stronger gun restrictions and do not want to see educators carrying guns in schools, according to a survey by the state's largest teachers union.

    The Connecticut Education Association released a poll of 400 teachers Monday, which found striking uniformity among teachers regarding gun control. The survey comes as the legislature considers gun restrictions and school safety in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

    While some have suggested schools would be safer if teachers and school administrators were permitted to carry weapons, CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg said that only 3 percent of the educators sampled favored such a proposal. Eighty-five percent opposed it.

    "We're just very, very heartened by the fact that teachers do not want their schools turned into fortresses. They want to be able to have the ability to teach, free of any potential violence within their building," he said.

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