HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Dozens of demonstrators came together on Main Street in Hartford, some yelling into a loudspeaker, to express their anger over an incident last week where a Hartford Police officer used a taser on a young man named Luis Anglero, Jr. It is their hope the charges against Anglero are dropped and the police officer who tased him is arrested.
Witnesses say the 18-year-old was doing nothing wrong when he approached Detective Shawn Ware but police have a different account, telling News 8 that Anglero acted aggressively and failed to listen to what he was being told.
It was a peaceful march that at one point came to an abrupt stop when protesters addressed a participant in their midst they weren’t expecting to stop by, Hartford Police Department’s Chief, James Rovella. Rovella talked with concerned citizens all the way to the demonstrations destination, his place of work.
“We the people demand the police attend a public forum put together by the Hartford community to discuss issues of strained relations with the community,” said a protester inside the department.
And although the Rovella did not have a loud speaker to get his message across, what he was saying could be heard by all those who listened.
“I am interested in a very fair complete investigation,” said Rovella. “I will have to decide the outcome of the investigation.
Anglero was hospitalized after being tased but it back home.
Officials with the Hartford Police Department tell News 8 the officer who tased Anglero is on his regular assigned duty in the detective bureau.