Himes Says 'Things Have Gone Too Far' After Ferguson Shooting

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Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes
Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

NORWALK, Conn. -- The unrest and violence in Ferguson, Mo., after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown is a cause of concern for some in Norwalk. 

Brown, who was unarmed, was shot and killed Saturday by police in Ferguson. Many details of the shooting, including the name of the officer involved, have not been revealed. But the incident has led to widespread protests and rioting in Missouri. On Wednesday night, police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse crowds, according to published reports, and reporters from the Washington Post and the Huffington Post were arrested.

"I watched, obviously very concerned, what everybody watched last night," said U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th District). "I think when a situation devolves to the arrest of journalists and basically point military equipment at unarmed citizens, things have gone too far."

"Obviously what precipitated this, the shooting of Mike Brown, is a tragedy. We need to get the facts out on exactly what happened there and unfortunately I think the police department there has been slow to put facts out," Himes said. "But the reaction, the arrest of journalists and essentially a military response against unarmed Americans was troubling."

Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik also expressed concern. "I don't know a lot about the circumstances of exactly what happened, but obviously it's a concern to anyone in law enforcement, and a bigger concern is what's resulted: the loss of faith in police," Kulhawik said. "That's something no one wants to see."

"It's created a dangerous situation for the police, for the public, for everyone. But as far as what's actually the circumstances of what occurred, we'll find out when the investigation's over and see what transpired," Kulhawik said. "It's sad to see things deteriorate the way they have and put so many people in danger seemingly every night."

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So predictable Himes spouting off his normal ridiculous comments coming from his empty head. Hay Jim they have been rioting and looting and from what i read and hear on the news the cop was more than justified. Hay Jim explain to the folks how the Cop got a busted eye socket. Was that not probable cause. Or charging the Cop with a knife. I guess that is ok by your standards. I find you Jim totally out of line and i shutter to think you represent CT. Clearly a person without the facts and spouting off nonsense as usual. Disgraceful as usual.

The police chief is right, it has created a dangerous situation for everyone, the best thing the Missouri governor can do is demand a full investigation into what happened.

Find out the facts, and don't blame the media for being there. You don't gas the media, this situation was handled badly by the police, they are relieved of the situation they helped to inflame. Cooler heads are prevailing now, I know that's disappointing to some who wish to be "entertained" by the misery of others, but the truth is, people should not feel that they cannot protest, nor exercise their free speech rights, The bundy ranch incident is a good example of this, but then again, they had mouths and guns didn't they? imagine a group of people in Ferguson with legally issued firearms protesting in the streets, would they be dead right now? you better believe it.

I love the way people make light of a serious situation, there are no issues here right? As the Russian military told prisoners in the gulag; you wouldn't be here unless you "broke the law", get a grip on yourselves, this is no laughing matter, but listening to this crowd, you would think they have crossed the line between insanity and reality.

I agree with Mr Himes.. Police have become out of control.

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Himes is a talking ball sack who doesn't even know the whole story. He should keep his mouth shut till he does.The mullies are rioting and destroying private property,looting ect. Where is the National Guard?..

Hey Himes WHAT ABOUT the Four days of Riots, Burning and looting????and you blame the Police for Military operations??? As for the press watch CNN and watch the "Pot Stirring" that is going on. Unarmed citizens HA !!! then why 4 days of rioting ??? Chief you are so correct Everyone is in Danger !!! There are two sides to the story and I suggest Mr Himes that you look at both before you condemn those "Military" actions !!!

You sound like my type.. I am a black Muslim queen. I will be dancing at the pink poodle in Port Chester.. I really like the wine enema.