Bridgeport group denies claims they didn't consult families of Smith-Fields, Rawls for march

The group Bridgeport Generation Now Votes is denying claims they did not consult the families of Lauren Smith-Fields and Brenda Lee Rawls before organizing a march taking place in Bridgeport Saturday.
The group said in part,

"Members of Black Women Speak Coalition, made up of Black women-led and women-led organizations from Bridgeport and around the state, proactively reached out to the families and their attorney to discuss and inform them of the Black Women Speak March, and had positive conversations with the family members we spoke to. We are showing up in solidarity with them and with so many other Black women who have been mistreated, disrespected, and harmed by the Bridgeport Police Department, and by the complicity and silence of Mayor Ganim and his administration. We respect the families' privacy during this difficult time of grief and loss."

The march begins at 1 p.m. at 45 Lyon Terrace Saturday.