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11/26/2014 - STATEMENT: Mayor Finch and Police Chief Gaudett on Ferguson Decision

“As a father of four sons, I can’t fathom losing one of my boys. The grand jury rendered its decision. I respect our legal process, and the fact that our community has the right to express its opinion about tonight’s decision. We will be working closely with our community to ensure that expressions of opinion over this decision are done in a way that is safe for all Bridgeport kids and families.” – Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch

Bridgeport, Conn. (November 24, 2014)Background: Tonight, St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced that a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for killing 18 year-old Michael Brown. For more information, click here: http://n.pr/1ya2QUk.

In response, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch made the following statement:

“This an emotionally-charged moment. A young man lost his life. As a father of four sons, I can’t fathom losing one of my boys. The grand jury rendered its decision. I respect our legal process, and the fact that our community has the right to express its opinion about tonight’s decision. We will be working closely with our community to ensure that expressions of opinion over this decision are done in a way that is safe for all Bridgeport kids and families.”

Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph Gaudett added:

“First and foremost, our job is to keep people safe – our community as a whole and also people who might want to publically express their opinions about the grand jury decision in Ferguson. We have a plan in place and additional officers available if needed. That’s entirely precautionary. People have every right to voice their feelings, and the Bridgeport Police Department respects that. We will work with the community to ensure that it is done safely for everyone.”