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."