11 arrested at vigil, glass bottle thrown at officer

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BRIDGEPORT -

Eleven people were arrested during a vigil-protest for a Bridgeport teen fatally shot by a police officer after a glass bottle was thrown at police, officials say.

The vigil happened Thursday night on Fairfield Avenue at the scene of where 15-year-old Jayson Negron died two years ago.

Police say they arrested 11 people during the vigil and many of them face charges for inciting a riot, interfering with an officer, resisting arrest, breach of peace, and disorderly conduct.

Police say they gave protesters five minutes to clear the streets after someone threw a glass container at officers. However, no one cleared from the area.

Body camera video from police officers show the protesters yelling, "Cops and Klan go hand in hand!" City officials say the video clearly shows that it was the protesters who incited tensions and invited the arrests.

A Connecticut Post reporter was also detained by police but later released and not charged, police say.

Negron was fatally shot after police say he struck an officer with a stolen car. The state's attorney in Waterbury says the officer acted in self-defense and cleared him of any wrongdoing.

A few dozen people chanted before placing pictures of Negron on an alter along with candles and flowers.

There were also signs that read "We Will Never Forget You Jayson" and "Two Years Too Long."

After some were arrested, protesters gathered outside of the Bridgeport police station and demanded their release. The city says the facts show police did nothing wrong.

Negron's sister says he would have graduated from high school this year and wanted to study music in college.

All 11 people were released Friday morning.

 

 

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