State trooper charged with manslaughter for 2020 shooting of teen in West Haven
(WFSB) – A state trooper was arrested in connection with a deadly shooting that happened in 2020.
State police said Trooper Brian North was arrested on Tuesday for the shooting of Mubarak Soulemane in 2020.
The Connecticut State Police Union scheduled a news conference at noon on Wednesday to talk about the arrest:
North was charged with first-degree manslaughter with a firearm.
He was released on a $50,000 bond and is due in court on May 3.
The State of Connecticut Office of Inspector General released its report on Thursday morning:
On Jan. 15, 2020, Soulemane, a 19-year-old man from New Haven, was shot by North in West Haven following a carjacking in Norwalk and high-speed pursuit on Interstate 95 that ended in West Haven, according to state police.
Body cam footage showed the moments after troopers surrounded Soulemane’s vehicle.
State police said North fired when he saw Soulemane reach for something. Troopers said they ended up finding a knife later.
In the report, the Inspector General says that when North fired his gun at Soulemane, neither he nor other officers on scene were in imminent danger.
Authorities said North turned himself in to the inspector general at the Troop I State Police Barracks in Bethany.
“Trooper North has been placed on paid administrative leave and his police powers have been suspended, pending criminal proceedings,” state police said.
Soulemane’s family attorney said the family has been looking for closure.
“This was yet another horrendous act of violence against a young man of color that was totally unnecessary,” said Mark Arons, Soulemane family attorney.
Arons released a statement following North’s arrest.
“The family is pleased that Trooper North has been charged and that there is a chance for justice for the murder of Mubarak 2 and a half years later,” he wrote.
The family finally have what they’ve been waiting for.
“I would like to see Brian North held accountable for killing my son,” said Omo Mohammed, Mubarak’s mother.
“We’re going to keep letting his name be heard, keep coming out on these streets, and keep pushing,” said Maryann Soulemane, Mubarak’s sister.
The Connecticut State Police Union issued a statement on Thursday morning:
“When a trooper or a police officer in CT or anywhere in the country is forced to make a split second decision that others can analyze and reanalyze and find subject matter experts that give different opinions and that one individual person appointed by the legislature can make a decision on whether a police officer should be prosecuted criminally for that, that’s concerning to us, but that’s the process and we’ll respect it,” said Andrew Matthews, Executive Director of the Connecticut State Police Union.
Retired State Police Lieutenant and Eyewitness News Law Enforcement Analyst J. Paul Vance says based on the lengthy report, there was plenty to go over.
“You need to examine everything in this case, from start to finish and that includes looking at forensic evidence, looking at physical evidence at the scene, interviewing witnesses, bringing in expertise into the investigation that can analyze facts and circumstances as they’ve been reported,” said Vance.
Governor Ned Lamont says his heart goes out to the Soulemane family for their loss.
“That’s why we have an inspector general, a former Judge Devlin. Independent. Police aren’t investigating police. Independent. Give people confidence we’re holding people accountable. Now I’ll let justice take its course,” said Lamont.
North is due in court in May to face the manslaughter charge.
He is free on a $50,000 bond.
The family and their attorney will hold a press conference Thursday afternoon in West Haven.
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