Police blocked an innocent couple in their vehicle and opened fire on them in New Haven, Connecticut, after mistaking them for armed robbers, on April 16 (more video below).
New Haven police said that Hamden Officer Devin Eaton and Yale Officer Terrance Pollack were responding to a call of an armed street robbery when they stopped the vehicle, notes WFSB.
In a matter of seconds, the officers opened fire on Stephanie Washington and her boyfriend Paul Witherspoon III.
The state police said no weapon was found in the car and they’re investigating why a Hamden officer crossed city lines.
CT State Trooper Josue Dorelus said: “The officers attempted to make contact with the driver, the suspected individual who attempted the armed robbery. That individual exited the vehicle in an abrupt manner and officers engaged in gunfire.”
Washington was hit, but Witherspoon, was not hurt, reports WFSB.
Witherspoon’s uncle said there was an argument at a gas station, but no attempted robbery. No charges were filed.
Hamden Mayor Curt Leng called the shooting “shocking, haunting”:
I am so deeply sorry to the individuals who were involved that this ever occurred, and also very thankful that the healing has begun. We will do better. We must do better.
Twitter user Robbie Short tweeted pictures of protests against the police:
Organizers remind the crowd of the longer history of police violence against civilians in Hamden and New Haven—and of “the long road ahead”: “This is not a sprint. This is a marathon … This [protest] alone is not gonna do it.” pic.twitter.com/02wmnU883b
— Robbie Short (@thetallestshort) April 20, 2019