Justice for Jayson: Fire James Boulay and AJ Perez Now
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When police kill in Connecticut
The system protects them
So it is our duty
To protect our youth
To protect our communities
From police terror
We demand that Bridgeport Officer James Boulay and Bridgeport Police Chief AJ Perez be removed from their positions immediately for the murder of Jayson Negron.
#FireBoulayNow #FireAJNow #RiseUpCT #JusticeforJayson
James Boulay is a Danger to Our Community #FireBoulayNow
The fight for Jayson is not over. James Boulay didn’t face a single charge for killing Jayson. He took the life of a fifteen-year old and for that, he also continued to be paid and employed by the Bridgeport Police Department. Now James Boulay is back at work. Only the police can kill and continue in their lives, in their jobs, as if nothing happened.
Witnesses interviewed by the state police saw the officers running towards the teenagers’ car that day with their guns already drawn, yelling “get out of the fucking car or I’m gonna fucking shoot you.” As Boulay approached the boys, one witness described his manner as “extremely intense and authoritative. He was very aroused and had a menacing presence. He was confronting them with what appeared to me to be confidence in his ability…I did not see any two way conversations. I did not see talking.” Later, James Boulay “placed both hands on his weapon and very briefly paused in front of the driver’s door then shot into the car once…There was a pause and then three shots (possibly more) rang out one after the other. There was a very brief pause then the last two shots were fired.”
Within minutes of reaching the car, James Boulay fatally shot Jayson. He was so blinded by his anger, so unhinged by his feelings, that he pointed his gun into the car and, with authority and confidence, not fear, shot two defenseless teenagers.
Boulay is currently on desk duty but soon he could be back in the streets, endangering our communities and our loved ones, free to kill again. When police in Connecticut kill, they are exonerated by the legal system and police departments put them back in our communities. We won't let this happen again with James Boulay.
AJ Perez’s Reign of Terror in Bridgeport #FireAJNow
After Jayson’s murder, Bridgeport Police Chief AJ Perez lied repeatedly, attempting to hide what happened. In public statements, he claimed that Jayson was shot in the head and died immediately. A bystander video later showed that Jayson was very much alive and the officers knew it—Perez lied to protect them. After James Boulay shot Jayson, officers handcuffed the bleeding teenager and threw him facedown into the street on top of his wounds. He later died from these wounds, and his body was left in the street for over six hours. AJ Perez oversaw what happened, emboldening and protecting Jayson's murderers at every turn. His role in Jayson’s death and his indifference to the killing of a fifteen-year old and the brutality of his police force justify his immediate removal.
Like James Boulay, AJ Perez is a danger to Bridgeport. Under Perez, police in Bridgeport have become increasingly more brutal. Months after Jayson’s murder, a Bridgeport police officer was caught on camera violently assaulting another teenager. The Bridgeport Police Department is full of officers like her and Boulay who are ready to use violent and lethal force, confident that no one will hold them accountable. Last year, to receive more money from Trump’s Justice Department, AJ Perez also betrayed immigrant communities in Bridgeport, breaking an agreement to protect those who are undocumented from ICE. Together, AJ Perez and Mayor Joe Ganim, who is currently running for governor, have turned Bridgeport into the most police-terrorized city in Connecticut. Every day, black and brown communities in Bridgeport confront the oppression, violence, and surveillance of this brutal police force.
Connecticut Police are Killing Our Youth—And No One is Holding Them Accountable
Close to when James Boulay killed Jayson, Jordan Edwards, another fifteen-year old teenager of color, was shot and killed by a Texas police officer. Within days, the officer was fired. A week after Jordan’s death, the officer was charged with murder. That was in Texas. In Bridgeport and across Connecticut, our legal system and our public officials do everything they can to protect the police—Connecticut police are never charged or prosecuted for killing. This record of impunity makes it clear: we are not a liberal state, we are a police state. Last year, eight black and brown youth were killed by Connecticut police. How many more lives can we stand to lose?
After Jayson’s murder, Connecticut’s Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane published an editorial—“Emboldened Juveniles Endanger the Public.” Using racist arguments and imagery to call for harsher treatment of "young offenders," Kane effectively declared open season on youth of color. Months after the article was published, five New Britain police officers opened fire on another car full of youth of color, killing Zoe Dowdell, age 20. These horrors keep happening because police in Connecticut know that Kevin Kane, the person overseeing criminal prosecutions in the state, won’t touch them—they know they can do anything they want in the name of public safety. And so they kill and they get away with it, again and again.
Public officials like AJ Perez, Mayor Joe Ganim of Bridgeport, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane, and Governor Dannel Malloy are as guilty as the officers executing our youth in the streets. Connecticut’s politicians and legal system are part of police terror, but their complicity has been hidden for a very long time. It's time to finally see them, the architects of this lethal system.
We Must Act
To protect our youth and our communities, we have to hold Connecticut police and the public officials behind them accountable for the terror they create in our neighborhoods. Black and brown lives matter—in Connecticut, we are nowhere close to making this a reality. This has to change. It begins with holding James Boulay and AJ Perez accountable for killing Jayson.
We have no choice but to do better by our youth, our next beloved generation. We refuse to accept a world in which Jayson's murderers remain free to kill and hurt others. We refuse to accept a world in which police can kill and get away with it. We refuse to accept a world in which our black and brown youth live in constant fear for their lives.
Join our movement for Jayson and demand that Boulay and Perez be removed immediately.
Together, we will create accountability where there is none.
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