HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Police said he was acting aggressively, but the family of Luis Anglero Jr., 18, said he did nothing wrong.
“I thought my brother was going to die,” said his sister, Zakyrah Negron. Police said the officer was on traffic duty when a fight broke out on Garden Street, involving Negron. She said someone hit her.
“He (another man) threw his soda can he had and it splashed me all in my hair and he swung and he hit me and a couple of other females,” said Negron. She said her brother went to help.
Negron said, “So he’s (Anglero) running and the cop said, ‘Run up on me if you want to.’ So, he stopped put his hand at the side and the cop took three steps and still Tased him.”
In the incident report, the officer said Det. Ware was trying to break up a large fight. “The officer was doing the best to break the fight up and de-escalate,” said Hartford police’s Deputy Chief Brian Foley. Officers said Anglero did not comply, and acted aggressively.
“As he approached the other detective, the detective told him to leave the area several times. The accused ignored his commands to leave. He stood his ground. The officer used his Taser,” said Foley.
Anglero’s mother, Mary Ann Yearwood, said she plans to file a complaint with the Hartford Police Department. “I won’t rest. I’ll tell you that until I get my son’s justice. I won’t rest,” said Yearwood.
Foley said he’s watched the video and it will be looked at in a supervisory review. Foley said, “If there’s an incident of excessive force, we want to know about it. We want you to make a complaint. We have a system where it will get a full Internal Affairs review.”
Anglero will be charged with interfering and breach of peace for the incident and is due in court Sept. 3.