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Police Offer Public Use of Lot for Transactions

Photo courtesy of the Hartford Police Department

If you want to get more mileage out of those tax dollars, you can now use the Hartford Police Department’s parking lot to conduct your Craigslist transactions.

With a number of those exchanges turning into robberies — and worse —  it might bring peace of mind to buy and sell within shouting distance of the law. There is video surveillance of the lot and the front desk is staffed every hour of every day. (more…)

2014 Crime Stats

With the release of the 2014 Year End Crime Data, the Mayor’s Office claims there has been a “steady reduction in crime,” particularly in “Clay Arsenal, North Meadows, North East, Blue Hills and Upper Albany.”

The Hartford Police Department routinely releases crime stats weekly, not just at the end of the year. Before celebrating or getting cynical, it’s worth knowing what the numbers actually mean.

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Investigations All Around

On Friday, Mayor Segarra announced that what he calls an “independent task force” has been created to review the fire department. This task force includes former fire chiefs — Charles Teale, John Stewart, Nelson Carter, and Edward Casares — and current police chief, James Rovella.

Segarra’s spokesperson said the task force exists “to examine the department’s command structure, its resources, firefighter training and recruitment” and will “review state, federal and board inquiries into the death of Firefighter Kevin Bell.” Recommendations that emerge from this will be made to Segarra and Hartford Fire Department’s Chief Huertas.

The creation of this task force follows a number of HFD problems, from the death of Kevin Bell to the accidental discharge of a firearm to lieutenants brawling at a site, and more. Lots, lots more.

The most serious of those — a firefighter’s loss of life while on the job — occurred in October. (more…)

Crackdown on Jobs

Unemployment has not been a new topic of conversation in the city, but on the day of the big vote, there was a lot of talk about what might give Hartford a much-needed economic boost. Too many people struggle to provide for their basic needs, for their families.

Meanwhile, on that same day, ten individuals were arrested for doing their jobs. (more…)

The Little Park That Could

In an area of Downtown, beyond the parking garages and towers, is a park that sits atop the I-84 tunnel. Two of its three segments — east of Main Street and west of Trumbull Street — are nothing more than vegetation and rarely used benches. The central piece, known as Heaven, has evolved from hosting underutilized four square and basketball courts, to attracting skateboarders, graffiti artists, and others. It has been featured in skateboarding videos and magazines.

Hartford Demonstrates Against Use of Force

Photo by Christopher Brown

At 6:00 sharp on Wednesday, August 27, a crowd of about 60 filled the sidewalk at the corner of Albany Avenue and Main Street as organizers waited for a few more expected people to arrive for a protest against the the recent tasing and arrest of Hartford teen Luis Anglero, Jr. Within the next few minutes, the demonstrators grew to about 75 and some Hartford Police personnel had joined them. Chief James C. Rovella, flanked by uniformed officers, approached the group and spoke with organizers, indicating that they intended to walk with the group. When organizers replied that they would prefer not to have the chief and the officers in their midst, he acknowledged hearing their wishes, but stated that he was going to walk along with the group anyway.

The demonstrators walked north along the Main Street sidewalk, chanting in call-and-response style, “He posed no threat-” “-they tased him!” “Drop the charges-” “-now! now!” They crossed main street near the Clay Arsenal fire station and walked south across Albany Avenue as HPD officers held up traffic for them. They continued south on High Street to the Public Safety Complex and filed into the lobby. (more…)

Random Facts from Open Data: Substance Arrests

Data can be deceptive. There is a constant parade of listicles published claiming that ten places are the most dangerous, unfriendly, depressing, or whatever adjective the creators believe will get people to click. Information is powerful and when presented without care, can be wielded as a weapon, the kind that can solidify stereotypes.

This map shows arrests in Hartford from January through August 2014, using HartfordData information. All that we can definitely know from looking at this is that these are the places where people have been caught (allegedly) with one or more substances, and that it is much more common to be arrested for possession than possession-with-intent-to-sell or actual sale.

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Missing Youth

Jillian Burgos, 14,  remains missing. She was last seen by her family over one week ago at her home in the Parkville neighborhood.

Anyone with information about where she might be is asked to contact the Hartford police.