On May 9, Bridgeport police briefly detained a Hearst Connecticut Media reporter from the Connecticut Post and a Quinnipiac alum, Tara O’Neill, while she was covering a demonstration in Bridgeport.
“I didn’t see really what happened,” O’Neill said. “In that moment, I was just like wait, I just got handcuffed?”
O’Neill was covering a protest, “Justice for Jayson,” when this took place. Two years ago, a Bridgeport police officer shot and killed 15-year-old Jayson Negron on Fairfield Avenue. Each year on the anniversary of the shooting, his family and other protestors gather to try to get the officer removed from the Bridgeport Police Department, despite being cleared by the Connecticut State Police investigation to go back on duty.
O’Neill was at the protest earlier in the evening from about 5-7 p.m. and noticed that things were peaceful. She went back to the newsroom and filed a story just before 8 p.m. Right after this, she heard chaos on the police scanner and asked one of the photographers, who was leaving at the time, to check out the scene on his way out. Shortly after, he called her and suggested that she should go down.