Protesters call for transparency in Hamden PD hiring process

Protesters gathered at Hamden Police Headquarters to express their frustrations about the police hiring process.

News 12 Staff

Jun 3, 2021, 1:28 AM

Updated 1,085 days ago

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The family of a teen who was shot and killed by a Bridgeport police officer gathered with protesters in Hamden Wednesday after they say they learned that the officer may be a candidate for a job in that city.
Protesters gathered at Hamden Police Headquarters to express their frustrations about the police hiring process.
Hamden police confirm to News 12 that James Boulay has not been hired by the department.
But protesters, who included the sister of the teen, Jayson Negron, say they need transparency. Jazmarie Melendez's brother, Negron, was 15 when he was shot and killed by Bridgeport Police Officer James Boulay in 2017, after authorities say Negron hit him with a stolen vehicle. Boulay was cleared by state prosecutors after the incident.
Melendez and other protesters gathered outside Hamden Police Headquarters after they say they heard Boulay was considered as a candidate for a job within the department.
Protesters say they got word of the hiring process and immediately took action, bringing themselves outside the department, because they believe the process was kept behind closed doors.
According to minutes from a special police commission meeting held on May 26, files and interviews were reviewed for the hiring of two police officer positions, but the names of the applicants are not listed.
The protesters say they are calling for action so that Boulay doesn't end up at another police department.
News 12 reached out to Hamden police to find out if Boulay is in the process of being hired or if he's a finalist for a position at the police department, and is waiting for a response back.


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