To the editor:
Darien residents should be aware that state Sen. Bob Duff, who represents Norwalk and part of Darien and Sen. Carlo Leone, who represents Stamford and part of Darien, both voted in favor of the new police bill.
This bill includes a modified roll-back of the qualified immunity clause, which opens up police officers t0 personal lawsuits. Do Duff and Leone realize that this bill creates hesitation for police officers due to the legal ramifications of trying to do their job?
Police officers want to protect people, but this bill will cause police to retreat from dangerous situations where they view their personal risk as too high. This vote by Duff and Leone hurts the safety of everyone, but it is more harmful to lower income communities that tend to need more police protection.
It would be more beneficial to provide officers better training and integrate commonsense reforms such as de-escalation and incidence reporting, but this bill does not accomplish those things and instead will make police forces less effective in the areas that need them most.
Due to the misguided votes of politicians like Duff and Leone, police officers across Connecticut are now questioning if they have the support of the state and local authorities and for good reason.
St. Nicholas Road
Editor’s note: Jim Demark is a member of the Darien Republican Town Committee.