Dozens attend meeting in Stratford to discuss police brutality
(04/26/06) STRATFORD - Dozens of Stratford residents gathered at the Birdseye Community Center Wednesday to discuss recent allegations of police brutality.
The meeting stems from an incident on March 21 that began when police were called to break up a fight at the intersection of Wood End Road and Birdseye Street in the town's south end. According to Councilman Alvin O'Neal, who was arrested for interfering with police, officer David Gugliotti picked up 15-year-old Titasheen Mitchell and slammed her on a car. O’Neal says Gugliotta then punched her in the face twice.
Residents say they are concerned about how the incident was handled, and that changes need to be made. They say they are hopeful police and community members can come together to overcome the gap growing between the two sides.