Thursday, September 01, 2016
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
Bridgeport — The body language seemed strained today while photographers were briefly allowed in a room crowded with local, state and federal law enforcement called to talk to about street shootings. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy sat next to Mayor Joseph P. Ganim, never quite making eye contact with the mayor whose election he once opposed as an embarrassment to Connecticut.
But the governor and mayor emerged together from a meeting that unexpectedly ran 90 minutes, morphing from a photo opportunity into an air-clearing session that produced promises of greater cooperation among agencies and help from the State Police and Department of Correction for a city reeling from street violence.
“This was not a meeting for the purpose of you guys taking a picture. This was real,” Malloy said. “Pertinent information was exchanged about individual cases, about ongoing investigations, about the roles the federal folks could play if they decided to, about the roles that we think is initially appropriate to undertake on the state side.”
Reporters were barred from most of Malloy’s meeting with Ganim and about two dozen law-enforcement officials, but participants described the governor as questioning Chief A.J. Perez about progress on the investigation of a shooting of 13 individuals at a party and challenging city officials to explain the failure to maintain police patrols in housing projects.
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