Toni Harp

Crime
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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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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Culture
12:46 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

New Haven Looks For The Best Way To Help The Homeless

New Haven mayor Toni Harp announces the results of a study on homelessness.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU News

 The city of New Haven wants to change the way it provides services for its homeless population.

On Monday, the city released the results of a study to find out what kind of services their homeless are being offered, what they're using, and what's working (or isn't working.) A few key facts:

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Government
12:31 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

New Haven Sending Help For An Ebola-Stricken Sister City

New Haven mayor Toni Harp with church leaders during a service at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

The city of New Haven, Connecticut shares a special connection with Freetown, Sierra Leone. The two are sister cities, and they have a shared history dating back to slave ship Amistad. It docked in New Haven in 1839 and marked a turning point in the African American fight against slavery. Now Sierra Leone’s largest city is at the center of the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

At St. Luke’s, an African-American Episcopal church in New Haven, Caribbean culture is strong. But Reverend Richard Meadows, Jr., says some of his parishioners are from West Africa.

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Fence symbolically and literally divides neighbors
8:33 am
Tue May 13, 2014

New Haven starts removing controversial fence between public housing and neighboring Hamden

A front loader took down a section of the New Haven-Hamden fence on Monday
Credit Craig LeMoult

New Haven began demolishing a fence on Monday that for 50 years separated a public housing complex in the city from the town of Hamden.  For some, the fence had become a symbol of racial and economic division between two communities.

Read more about economic disparity issues in Connecticut at our State of Disparity blog.

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