Demonstrators gather for tasered teen in court

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Inside Hartford Community Court stood 18-year-old Luis Anglero, Jr., a teenager Hartford police say threatened the safety of one of their officers.

He has been charged with breach of peace and interfering with police for an incident that happened in late August that left him on the ground after being tased. It was all caught on tape. Witnesses tell News 8 Anglero wasn’t doing anything wrong when he was approached by Detective Shawn Ware moments before the taser was used on him.

“The laws of the state of Connecticut are on our side, the truth in this matter is on our side and we’re confident that once that, once the laws of this state are applied to those truths that my client will be exonerated of all the charges before him,” said Anglero’s attorney, Jamaal Johnson.

Demonstrators outside Hartford courthouse while Luis Anglero, Jr. faces a judge.
Demonstrators outside Hartford courthouse while Luis Anglero, Jr. faces a judge.

The tasing spawned a strong response from both cops and residents alike. In fact, there have been a series of protests held to arrest the officer involved and drop the charges against Anglero. At one of the demonstrations the Chief of Police even marched with protesters, which in turn angered members of the Hartford police union.

And Wednesday emotions were still running high as more demonstrators gathered outside the courthouse for Anglero’s first appearance in front of judge on the matter.

“We feel that it was an unwarranted act of aggression on the part of the police officer,” said protester, Debra Cohen.

Anglero’s case was continued to October 15th.

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