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4:38 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Dueling Protests At New Haven City Hall After Officer Exonerated

New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman addresses reporters and protesters at a press conference Friday at New Haven City Hall.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

In New Haven, Connecticut, protests have started again in response to the city's handling of a video showing a police officer using force against a 15-year-old girl at the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade. But this time, two sides are protesting- those who support the officer, and those calling for more scrutiny of his actions.

At a city hall press conference Friday, Chief Dean Esserman said Officer Joshua Smereczynsky would be returned to active duty after an internal investigation exonerated him.

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Culture
12:40 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Book Review: The Illusion of Separateness

Author Simon Van Booy's latest novel tells the story of a single act of kindness, which transcended time and space, to ultimately show how we're all interconnected.  Book critic Joan Baum has this review.

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Culture
4:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

The Logbooks: Connecticut's Slave Ships and Human Memory

Author Anne Farrow will be speaking  on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 6 p.m., at the New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave, Connecticut.

In The Logbooks:  Connecticut's Slave Ships and Human Memory, journalist Anne Farrow explores a part of U.S. history that she says we, as a nation, have collectively forgotten.  Farrow writes, it's the history of "a labor system that held millions in bondage."  At the same time, slavery was an economic machine that generated great wealth for some families and made Connecticut prosperous. 

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Crime
3:45 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

In New Haven, St. Patrick's Day Arrest Video Sparks Protests

Protesters inside the New Haven Police Department lobby on Monday, March 23.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

Tuesday, March 24:

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp says an officer seen in a video forcibly arresting a 15-year-old girl would be removed from active duty. The video appears to show the officer slamming the girl onto the street after an altercation during the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Protesters say she suffered a fractured shoulder and facial bruises.

“I’m happy,” said organizer Barbara Fair. "I am happy. He is off the street. That’s our first demand that we wanted to happen, and it’s happened.”

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Government
3:29 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Poll: Cuomo's approval rating at its lowest since taking office

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday finds Governor Andrew Cuomo's approval rating is at its lowest since taking office in 2010.

Cuomo’s job approval rating stands at 50 percent, down 8 points just from last December, before the legislative session began and the governor began a more public feud with the state’s teachers unions, said Quinnipiac University spokesman Mickey Carroll.

“It’s not very good,” said Carroll. “A governor should do better than 50 percent."

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