HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– There’s been much backlash after a teenager was tased by a Hartford police officer. Now that teenager is heading to court on a number of different charges. But the NAACP says the teen didn’t do anything wrong and they’re demanding the charges be dropped.
“We support the governor in his position that the taser incident made him sick, it should make all of us sick,” said Rev Sam Saylor, Hartford.
The NAACP and community leaders held a news conference on the front steps of Hartford City Hall. They are upset that a black officer tased a black teen after the teen appeared to surrender. But they say the officer should not be fired.
“But we know a good cop on a good day made a bad decision to fire. We are not calling for his termination. We believe justice will prevail,” said Saylor.
Surveillance video shows 18-year-old Louis Anglero Jr. seconds before he gets tased and the moments after. He was hospitalized for seizures. Tuesday night night he is out waiting to go before a judge Wednesday morning. The police have released a report from the night of the incident saying the use of less lethal force was justified. Community leaders say the 18-year-old stopped and dropped his hands.
“The officer made a bad decision as it has been stated over and over again, that can happen to anyone, but we don’t want the results of that bad decision to effect the young man in a negative way,” said Saylor.
So Tuesday they asked the judge to drop the charges Wednesday when Anglero is in court. During the NAACP news conference with community leaders, there were police officers on one corner and the police chief was there himself. News 8 talked to him and he says he and his officers were there to listen, and have a presence on the streets.
When asked if the court doesn’t drop the charges what they are going to do, Rev. Henry Brown, Hartford said “then we are going to start mobilizing people, we gave them they time to look over the tape and if they find the young man did something wrong, then we are going to have to get the people together.”