The 2014 legislative session ends May 6 but the Community Party’s campaign to pass our Trayvon Martin & Safe Work Environment Acts continues! Sources at the State Capitol have informed us that legislators and members of the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project, which includes Redding police chief Douglas Fuchs, oppose a modified version of the Community Party’s Trayvon Martin Act traffic stop receipt provision. This amendment would allow motorists to obtain a copy of the traffic stop report (in person, via mail or online) patrol officers must fill out. This report includes the date, time and reason for the stop, how the stop was resolved, the officer’s identifying information and most importantly, a record of the race of the driver. The Department of Justice investigation of the East Haven police revealed that EHPD officers Dennis Spaulding and David Cari falsified their reports, entering Latino drivers as white. Last October Spaulding and Cari were both convicted on federal charges of harassing and brutalizing Latinos.  CP member Mary Sanders issued the following statement on the opposition to the amendment.

“Addressing racial profiling, the Community Party’s Trayvon Martin Act, and last year the revised Alvin W. Penn Act which had been on the books over a decade but shamefully unenforced, CT lawmakers who want to encourage unbiased policing have 2 options for at least one of the recommendations submitted … An immediate copy of the mandatory traffic stop report to the motorist, which they say is too much work / costly / whatever but would be best for the public or they could opt to add clear instructions on how to freely get the report copy as part of the CHRO pamphlet which is supposedly given to every stopped motorist. If neither of these is acceptable to law enforcement reps, what are they afraid the public will find out about these reports??? Maybe they fear the officers are filing falsified reports? Maybe they fear there are many less actual reports than occurring stops? Why wouldn’t they want a member of the public to have access to a report written about them? These are the questions to be raised …”
In my opinion another reason for the opposition to this minor proposed change to the current law is that it’s based on CP’s bill language. There is a structured effort at the Capitol to marginalize our grassroots, politically independent group. We are looking into reports that some patrol officers have not been giving the pamphlets to motorists, which makes the traffic stop report provision even more important. Motorists must have access to the report in order to find out if their race was misrepresented. CP will launch an education campaign in the coming months to inform community residents about the changes to the state racial profiling law. Rep. Matt Ritter is working with CP to restore our traffic stop receipt provision. Stay tuned for updates. You can read our bill language here.

Senator Gary Holder-Winfield will introduce our Safe Work Environment Act in 2015. Our legislation would remove the legal requirement for an employee to prove malice and intent by an employer, which is basically impossible. We have also incorporated a bill which has been introduced in Nevada by State Sen. Richard Segerblom. (  We want to expand the scope of our bill to cover municipal employees. City teachers have reported rampant workplace bullying at Capital Preparatory Magnet School.


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