State and local leaders denounce violence in VA

Posted: Updated:
BRIDGEPORT -

State and local leaders came together in Bridgeport Sunday to condemn the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The leaders gathered at Beardsley Park to denounce what they call, "the hatred and racism that fomented the deadly violence in Virginia."

Officials characterized the violence as homegrown domestic terrorism. The rally left one person dead and dozens injured.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal says there are certain principles enshrined in the law which make what happened there hate crimes.

Community activist Wayne Winston says the hatred and racism that made the ordeal possible has been festering for years.

"It's like kind of having like a little cancer," he says. "It doesn't have to be big cancer that's about to take your life, that's why you need to detect it early and do what you need to do to contain it. Racism and hatred is exactly that in America."

Some local officials say President Donald Trump has not adequately condemned the violence and that's why they're standing together to demand a unilateral condemnation from him on behalf of all Americans.

"What has happened in Charlottesville should be a call to action for every American who has grown complacent under the assumption that our nation's moral arc naturally bends toward inclusion and tolerance," says Sen. Chris Murphy.

  • Connecticut PoliticsPoliticsMore>>

  • Rep. Bruce Morris announces plan to retire

    Rep. Bruce Morris announces plan to retire

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:05 AM EDT2018-05-24 11:05:17 GMT

    Rep. Morris says he will not seek re-election due to health complications following a surgery for cancer last year. 

    Rep. Morris says he will not seek re-election due to health complications following a surgery for cancer last year. 

  • CT lawmakers discuss next step for sports betting

    CT lawmakers discuss next step for sports betting

    Thursday, May 24 2018 6:59 AM EDT2018-05-24 10:59:00 GMT

    They say it's now up to Gov. Dannel Malloy to create an agreement with the state's Native American Tribes on the issue. 

    They say it's now up to Gov. Dannel Malloy to create an agreement with the state's Native American Tribes on the issue. 

  • Lt. gov. candidate Eva Bermudez Zimmerman off to strong start

    Lt. gov. candidate Eva Bermudez Zimmerman off to strong start

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 6:10 PM EDT2018-05-23 22:10:39 GMT
    Former Newtown Councilor Eva Bermudez Zimmerman has been in the race for lieutenant governor for a week -- and although she's a relative newcomer to state politics, she's found herself a real contender.Former Newtown Councilor Eva Bermudez Zimmerman has been in the race for lieutenant governor for a week -- and although she's a relative newcomer to state politics, she's found herself a real contender.

    Former Newtown Councilor Eva Bermudez Zimmerman has been in the race for lieutenant governor for a week -- and although she's a relative newcomer to state politics, she's found herself a real contender.

    Former Newtown Councilor Eva Bermudez Zimmerman has been in the race for lieutenant governor for a week -- and although she's a relative newcomer to state politics, she's found herself a real contender.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."