Shoveling While Black Incident Leads to New State Law

From Rep. Matt Ritter:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I was happy to be on-hand as Governor Malloy ceremoniously signed An Act Concerning the Enforcement of Ordinances into law on Monday. 
This law holds personal significance for me and I am sure for many others in the Hartford community. I introduced this legislation after receiving an email from my neighbor Tiffany Glanville last winter. Tiffany’s husband, Doug, was improperly questioned on his own property by a police officer from a neighboring town. The incident garnered national media attention after Doug wrote  an article  for The Atlantic entitled, “I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway.” 
This new law clarifies state statute by explicitly precluding law enforcement officials from pursuing an offender outside of his or her precinct solely for the violation of a municipal ordinance. Municipal ordinances are civil in nature and nothing in this new law prohibits officers from crossing over town lines to enforce criminal laws. The aim of this bill is to reduce the number of avoidable police exchanges by ensuring that police officers are not crossing town lines into communities with which they are not familiar. This is a smart policy that promotes good community policing.

I want to thank Doug Glanville and the dozens of other Hartford residents who testified in favor of this legislation during the Public Health Committee public hearing for their vigilance and advocacy on this issue. If you have any questions about this topic, or any matters of concern please do not hesitate to reach out. I can be reached at, or (860)240-8500.


Matt Ritter

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