Supporters held "Justice for Jayson" rally on Monday after a 15-year-old boy was killed in an officer-involved shooting last spring.
On Monday morning, community members came together in Hartford to demand that the officer be charged with murder in the death of Jayson Negron. They also asked the police to release video evidence of the incident contradicts the story from police.
“Many people take that turn accidentally not knowing its a one way," Negron’s sister Jaz Melendez said. "I think my brother had no intent to hurt any officer.”
On May 9, the Bridgeport Police Department said they tried to stop a stolen vehicle on Fairfield Avenue. Negron was behind the wheel.
Police said Negron was diving the wrong way. As they approached the vehicle, Negron reversed and struck an officer.
Boulay was dragged under the car, police said. That's when he opened fire.
Negron and 21-year-old passenger Julian Fyffe were hit by gunfire.
The teen died at the scene.
“We want justice for Jayson as well and we want to know what happened and why it happened and if anything was improper then absolutely we should be held accountable," Bridgeport Police Spokesperson Av Harris said.
More than 150 supporters of Negron armed with signs and chants gathered at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hartford. The community members started the rally with a 20-minute silent vigil. They said that’s how long Bridgeport Police Department waited before calling for medical services.
"We are tired of the lies and we’re tired of the cover-up that has been going on for months and months and months," Melendez said.
Now, they want Bridgeport officer James Boulay, who was involved in the deadly shooting, held accountable. Organizers of the rally believe Boulay, whom at the time had only been on the force for a year, should be charged in the shooting.
“The facts are that my brother was murdered by Officer James Boulay," Melendez said. "My brother was left on the floor without medical attention.”
Boulay is currently on paid administrative leave.
“They stood there and watched him die on the pavement," one protester chanted on Monday.
Seven people were arrested while cameras were rolling. The Hartford Police Department addressed the arrests afterward and said the arrests were peaceful and voluntary.
"And they let Jayson’s body lie on the ground for six hours," one protester chanted on Monday.
The protesters were arrested after blocking traffic on Capitol Avenue, according to Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley. They were charged with disorderly conduct.
“We were prepared and stopped traffic on Capitol Avenue to make sure they stayed safe...gave them warnings that if they didn’t get up they’d be arrested and they chose to be arrested," Foley said.
Negron’s sister and others want the state’s attorney Maureen Platt to release a decision on the case.
“If we don’t fight, then they’re going to continue to get away with what they’re doing and I don’t want any other family to have to go through what I’m going through," Melendez said.
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