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Video: Bridgeport police chief confronted about Jayson Negron, Corbin Cooper

March 22, 2019

BRIDGEPORT — A video circulating online shows a tense interaction between an unidentified woman demanding answers from Police Chief Armando Perez regarding the deaths of Jayson Negron and Corbin Cooper.

The woman, who is shown from behind with her head covered, appears to call for justice for “Jayson and for Corbin.” Perez appears to respond by saying there had been was justice for both.

“We want answers for them,” the woman counters. “We want accountability.”

Hearst Connecticut Media cannot authenticate the video. The context of the confrontation is uncertain, since the recording appears to start while the woman is in the middle of a sentence to the chief. What happened after the interaction shown on the video is not known.

Perez texted Friday morning that he was at the funeral for state rep. Ezekiel Santiago, who died earlier this week, and could not immediately comment.

Negron was fatally shot by Bridgeport Police Officer James Boulay on May 9, 2017, after a brief pursuit in a stolen vehicle, according to a report by Waterbury State’s Attorney Maureen Platt. She said Negron had turned the wrong way down a one-way street and put the vehicle in reverse as Boulay approached and pulled open the driver’s side door. Platt said the door hit Boulay and he fired his gun into the vehicle, fatally shooting Negron and injuring his passenger. Boulay was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing by Platt.

Cooper was one of four teenagers in a vehicle being pursued by Bridgeport police on Route 8 north after an armed robbery in the city on June 14, 2018, police said. Cooper was a passenger in the vehicle, which crashed where Route 8 divides from Route 25. Cooper died from his injuries. At least two other passengers sustained serious injuries. Although Perez said the pursuit was justified, some disagreed.

As the woman in the video appears to be ready to say something else, Perez, who is seen on the video apparently walking away with another officer down a city sidewalk, turns around to face the woman and the person filming.

“You should have taken care of him when he was out on the street,” Perez responds.

Perez appears to be talking about Negron, whose sister told Hearst Connecticut Media Negron was living in his friends’ cars shortly before the fatal shooting.

Another woman can be heard saying “oh my God” after Perez’s response, and the woman shown in the video counters by saying Bridgeport police murdered Negron.

The Justice for Jayson group did not immediately return request for comment.

Callie Heilmann, president of Bridgeport Generation Now, said she had seen the video pop up on social media, but hadn’t fully watched it and was not comfortable commenting on it.

This story will be updated.