Police are facing mounting anger in Connecticut after they shot dead an accused teen car thief and allegedly left him handcuffed and dying on the street.
A video that appears to show 15-year-old Jayson Negron moving after he was shot by a police officer in Bridgeport has been released and family – and they say it proves cops lied about the incident.
Officers also left the teen’s body uncovered in the street for hours after he allegedly rammed a cop with his ‘stolen’ car after a chase and then was shot.
Police confirmed Sunday they’ve seen the footage posted online Friday by Giovanni Rivera, who says he’s the cousin of Negron who was killed by a police officer after a short chase on May 9.
Bridgeport Officer James Boulay shot Negron after cops say the teen hit the officer with a stolen car on May 9. Police pronounced Negron dead at the scene. His friend and passenger Julian Fyffe, 21, was also shot but survived.
Boulay, 30, who had no prior disciplinary record, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
The shaky cell phone video shows high school student Negron lying on the ground, with his arms handcuffed behind him. He doesn’t appear to move.
‘Yeah, they shot him. They shot that man,’ says a person near the video camera.
But when the camera turns away from him and pans towards other officers arriving and it cuts back four seconds later, Negron’s head is facing the opposite direction. An officer is standing near him.
‘This is a nightmare. Bridgeport PD told my family they shot Jayson in the head and was dead on scene this video clearly shows otherwise,’ Rivera wrote on Twitter. ‘They left my baby cousin on the ground to die.’
‘If that crucial part of the story is a lie, everything else is up for question,’ Rivera told the Hartford Courant.
It’s unclear how Rivera obtained the video.
Autopsy results show Negron died from gunshot wounds to the chest.
Police said Negron’s handcuffed body was lying in the street for several hours after the shooting for ‘evidence-gathering reasons.’
He was left on Fairfield Avenue in full view for hours, a move that infuriated some locals.
Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez said he was told he wasn’t allowed to cover the body with a sheet in case it disrupted the crime scene but later learned that the body could have been covered.
Perez said that medical personnel ‘got there relatively quickly,’ but did not know the exact time, according to the Connecticut Post.
‘The callous disregard that Bridgeport police officers showed for Jayson Negron during his last moments of life is unacceptable,’ David McGuire, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, told the outlet. ‘Their behavior was outside the realms of human decency and democracy.’
Lawyer Michael Stratton, who represents the Fyffe family, also questioned the police version of how the teen came to be shot, saying there was no evidence that the car was stolen and that there were no drugs or weapons found on Negron or his friend.
‘Julian was shot twice after Jayson was shot. 3 bullets,’ he wrote on Twitter.
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