Stratford storeowner says business is down after altercation involving councilman
07/25/06) STRATFORD - Some storeowners in Stratford say business is down ever since the melee between a councilman, a police officer and a Stratford teen.
Four months ago, Town Councilman Alvin O'Neal, 15-year-old Titasheen Mitchell and Stratford Police Officer David Gugliotti were involved in an altercation. O’Neal says Gugliotti used excessive force while arresting Mitchell, however, an internal police investigation cleared Gugliotti of those charges. Mitchell's mother, who owns a restaurant in the area, says since the incident it's been a fight to keep her business afloat.
While some storeowners on Woodend Road agree that there has been a drop in business, others say it's business as usual. Most agree they have had enough of the media attention stemming from the March 21st incident.