Bridgeport residents protest after police officer released By: eli corenthal

A year after his involvement in the fatal shooting of 15 year old Jayson Negron, Bridgeport police officer James Boulay was released from custody on Friday, Jan. 19, upsetting many Bridgeport residents and leading them to protest..

Photo of officer James Boulay, photo courtesy from ctpost.

“They never wanted to hold this officer accountable, they never were looking for justice,” a Bridgeport resident said. Many Bridgeport residents attended a press conference during which, they were clearly upset with the senior members in the police department, the mayor’s office and the state attorney.

“About 350 family, friends and members of activist organizations gathered at Negron’s memorial on Fairfield Avenue,” ctpost reported, a day after Boulay’s release.

These protesters gathered peacefully on Jan. 26 at the site of Negron’s death and proceed to walk for three hours holding “Justice for Jason” signs.

Photo of Jayson Negron, photo courtesy from ctpost.

Matt Rowan ’19 works in Bridgeport to help underprivileged kids with their homework. Rowan was unaware of the protest, but when was told what happened he said, “I fully support it [the protest]. People should protest. It is their right to protest.” He was surprised that a protest of this magnitude was going unnoticed.

But others defend Boulay.

Waterbury State Attorney Maureen Platt declared officer Boualy acted without deadly force and within the law.

Photo of Maureen Platt, photo courtesy from Ct.gov.

In the official report by Bridgeport police, Negron was driving a stolen 2012 Subaru and was attempting to back into officer Boulay. In Boulay's report he stated that he had to hold something to keep himself up right and he felt, “himself being pulled under the car.”

Boualy proceeded to fire at Negron in order to stop the car. Negron was pronounced dead at 5:15 p.m. on May. 9, 2017, thirteen minutes after Boulay fired his weapon.

Picture of crime scene on May 9th, photo courtesy from New York Times.

“Boulay was justified in his use of force because he was defending himself,” Platt said in her report, as first reported by NBC News Connecticut.

Boulay has been put on administrative leave and his position at the police station is unknown.

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