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Basketball coach pushes for crackdown on illegal activity at B.J. Brown Park

The head of a local youth group is warning the public about vandalism and illegal activity at B.J. Brown Park in Bridgeport.

News 12 Staff

Aug 23, 2020, 11:44 PM

Updated 1,394 days ago

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The head of a local youth group is warning the public about vandalism and illegal activity at B.J. Brown Park in Bridgeport.
Basketball coach Jamar T. Brown leads STORM Academy, a basketball organization based on the values of strength, teamwork, organization, respect and motivation.
Brown says none of those virtues can be achieved when people are drinking, using drugs and vandalizing B.J. Brown Park, named after a child who was murdered 20 years ago.
Brown, who travels the city mentoring kids through sports, says people are misusing the basketball courts and setting a shameful example for young people.
"What I really don't like is, you have young men and women that will come to the park and you have adults that are drinking,” says Brown. “They're probably doing other substances, so you never know what could happen.”
Brown says he wants community officials to make changes and crackdown on illegal activity at the park. He says he wants to see more from the Bridgeport Police Department, City Hall and district representatives.
If it's illegal, how is it able to continue in the city?” he says.
City Councilwoman Jeanette Herron says she is spearheading a joint investigation with the police department and local and state health officials.
Herron says she has ordered a crackdown on vandals who have tied basketball nets to discourage Brown's group from practicing in the park.
She says there's an ongoing investigation and arrests are pending.
 
 


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