Rally in Hartford condemns Bridgeport police shooting

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Family and friends of a Bridgeport teen killed by police rallied in Hartford Monday demanding justice.

Six months ago, 15-year-old Jayson Negron led police on a chase that ended in his death on Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. Police say the teen was driving a stolen car and refused to stop. He later allegedly hit a police officer, prompting other officers to fire at the car.

Their bullets struck Jayson and his passenger.

His family claims he was taken out of the car and left in the street for six hours without any medical attention. He later died.

Bridgeport Police Officer James Boulay, who the family says is responsible for shooting the teen, has been placed on paid administrative leave. State police are handling the investigation.

"I will not excuse the actions of my brother," said his sister, Jazmarie Melendez. "But he should have been given the opportunity to stand in a courtroom -- not murdered."

Monday, his supporters rallied outside the state Supreme Court and demanded police accountability. They also called on state investigators to release video evidence of the incident.

"The use of force is reserved for when a police officer feels their life or the life of someone else is in danger," says Av Harris, of the City of Bridgeport. "What the state's attorney's office has to determine is whether or not this was a justified use of force."

Police arrested several of the protesters.

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