Twelve people were arrested in an announced Black Lives Matter rally late Monday afternoon when they blocked Albany Avenue at Bloomfield Avenue, one of the major roads used for commuters leaving Hartford for West Hartford and beyond during rush hour.
There were two non-violent action trainings provided for participants before this latest rally, trainings that were also announced and should have clued in anyone paying any attention that a detour might have been in the stars for Monday afternoon. Continue reading 'More Arrests in the Black Lives Matter Movement'»
After a several year hiatus, the African-American Parade of Connecticut returned on Saturday. Continue reading 'African-American Parade Makes Joyful Return'»
From the sensationalist headlines throwing out theories that neither Hartford residents nor our police are buying, to the ever-present discussion in campaign season, the homicide rate this year is getting attention. That number does not include deaths that have not been classified yet, like the incident from early Saturday morning on Bond Street that involved a person dying after being struck by a vehicle driven by someone who did not care to stick around. (That vehicle is described as a gray or silver, two-door Infiniti sedan with dark tints. No description of the motorist has been provided).
The homicide rate for 2015 is high, but taking the longer view, one can see that these rates fluctuate. The following data, provided by the Hartford Police Department, shows how the rate ebbs and flows.
Part 1 Crime Historical Analysis Spread Sheet
Continue reading '‘No Cause for Concern’ Becomes an Ask for Regional Resources'»
Not pictured: piles of bear scat; people covered in mud running along paths; the sound of birds and the highway. Continue reading 'In Your Neighborhood: North Meadows'»
Photo provided by the Hartford Police Department
Officer Robert Iovanna recovered one of the missing Bantam Bikes last week at a pawn shop near Park and Washington. Continue reading 'Stolen Bike Recovered'»
The Hartford Police Department distributed the preliminary investigative report for the shooting on June 9, 2015 that involved an officer and an individual reportedly “suffering from mental distress” who wielded two knives.
The report follows:
Prelim. Investigative Report
The warrant for Tyrinde Thompson’s arrest is being held until a later time, for what police call “an effort to not interfere with his ongoing recovery.”
left-to-right: Luke Bronin, Joel Cruz, Jr., John Gale, Giselle Jacobs, Robert Killian, Mayor Segarra, Lew Brown
Cognitive dissonance: when a candidate goes to a debate for south neighborhoods — set in one of them — and proceeds to claim that this part of the city gets advantages that the north end does not. Continue reading 'Election Season: Debate in the South'»
The Moral Monday actions have not exactly been underground. There are hashtags and Twitter accounts for the movement. Yet, it seems that the civil disobedience during Monday’s evening rush hour took a number of people, including some reporters, by surprise — despite the intentions being announced on Real Hartford and elsewhere. Continue reading 'Rush Hour Civil Disobedience Draws Attention to Racism'»