The initial response to Thursdayâ€™s police-involved shooting of a still-unnamed suspect and his two companions at a New Britain intersection brings into the spotlight several issues that need hard looks.
First, a curious distribution of information - with police releasing some information, while being tight-lipped about other details - leaves open all kinds of suspicions, and for good reason.
We donâ€™t know the identity of the man shot and killed by police, nor his race or background.
We donâ€™t know the identities of the officers now on desk duty after the incident - normal procedure after such an event.
We donâ€™t know if the police were under attack, with their safety endangered, or their actions were proactive against suspects thought to be very dangerous.
Then we now have a 15-year-old youth back on the streets after being caught with a handgun and in the company of men who were buying a substantive amount of heroin and were possibly involved in several violent robberies in the city, police say. Weâ€™re told this is just what has to be done with a juvenile under state law.
The other involved man, Noah Young of Bloomfield, just three years older than the youth, is being held on $1-million bond under essentially the same accusations without the gun charge. How does that make any sense?
We agree with the call for a full and transparent investigation by all the agencies in authority. Perhaps itâ€™s time to rethink some of the laws â€śprotectingâ€ť juveniles, too.
We hope these and other questions are swiftly, and fully, answered by the investigators, with clear explanations of how and why the police actions were warranted, which presumably they were. Itâ€™s hard to argue about what the ACLU said in its response to the incident:
â€śAt the minimum, when the police shoot and kill someone, the public deserves full transparency.â€ť