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Chief State's Attorney Delays Retirement To Look Into Unresolved Police Shooting Cases

Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane has agreed to delay his retirement for a month to investigate why Hartford State’s Attorney Gail Hardy has not resolved five fatal police shooting cases.

The request came from the state’s Criminal Justice Commission and covers five open investigations from March 2008 to April 2019, including the April killing of 18-year-old Anthony Jose Vega Cruz by a Wethersfield police officer.

David McGuire, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, says it’s unconscionable to leave families in limbo waiting for the outcomes of these investigations.

“In some of these cases if Gail Hardy was to find that this person was in fact wrongfully killed by police, they would be precluded from bringing certain criminal charges, because the statute of limitations is blown,” McGuire said. “So this just really is unacceptable on many levels.”

McGuire said he believes the investigation should focus not only on Hardy’s role but also on the roles of Kevin Kane and the central office. 
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