Two detectives investigating the deaths of Lauren Smith Fields and Brenda Rolls were suspended after their families criticized the police response.


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  • The families of Lauren Smith-Fields and Brenda Rawls, who died on December 12, are seeking answers.

  • Both families criticized the handling of the Bridgeport police case.

  • The mayor said on Sunday that he had suspended two police officers while waiting for an internal investigation.

Two detectives in Bridgeport, Connecticut, were suspended for processing an investigation into the deaths of Lauren Smith Fields and Brenda Rawls, the mayor’s office said. statement on Sunday.

“I want you to know that I am very disappointed with the leadership of the Bridgeport Police Department and feel that the actions taken so far are unacceptable,” said Mayor Joseph Ganim. “We are subject to internal investigation because of the shortage,” police officers added. Two cases: public sensitivity and non-compliance with police policy. “

He said the detectives would soon be on vacation until the investigation of their behavior and the disciplinary action were completed.

“The Bridgeport Police Department has a high standard for police susceptibility, especially in issues involving the death of a family member. If the policy is not followed, it is an unacceptable failure,” Ganim said.

The suspension occurs after the families of black women Smithfields and Rolls have stated that Bridgeport police have not provided information or properly investigated their deaths.

Smith-Fields, who was 23 years old Found dead in her apartment on December 12th After a bumble date with someone her family described as an “older white man.” The man who called the police for her death has not been charged and is not interested in her death. Fields’ family told several stores that police said, “He was a good person.”

The family criticized the police for being negative and insensitive. Bridgeport police announced on Tuesday that they would begin a criminal investigation into Smithfields’ death after a coroner ruled it was an accident and said he had died from “overdose of fentanyl and a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol.”

Her family said Insider Taylor Ardleigh They thought the investigation was “something to silence us.”

Rolls, 53, died on the same day as Smithfields.Her family on NBC News Police did not contact them about her death And they had to look it up themselves two days later. They said the outlet Rolls would go to the man’s house the day before she died.

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