NAACP, police meet to discuss lawyer's death

Connecticut NAACP members met with Redding police Thursday night to learn more about the 2014 death of a lawyer from Redding, which authorities have ruled

Police say Abe Dabela crashed his car near his home on April 5, 2014.

Police say Abe Dabela crashed his car near his home on April 5, 2014. (10/22/15)

REDDING - Connecticut NAACP members met with Redding police Thursday night to learn more about the 2014 death of a black lawyer from Redding, which authorities have ruled a suicide.

Police say Abraham Dabela crashed his car near his home on April 5, 2014. They say he was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. The state medical examiner determined the gunshot was self-inflicted.

Dabela's family reportedly believes there have been some gaps in the investigation, which is why the NAACP stepped in to assist with its own investigation last August.

The NAACP met with police at the Redding Police Department to determine why the death is considered a suicide.

Norwalk NAACP President Darnell Crossland says that while the Redding police chief was cooperative, the state attorney would not allow him to release details of the criminal investigation.

Police Chief Douglas Fuchs says he went over photographs of the crash with NAACP members and also discussed Dabela's possible state of mind before the incident.

The investigation is now being handled by Connecticut State Police. Once state police bring their findings to Redding, Fuchs says he can hope to shed light on any other questions the NAACP might have.

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