New report on stun gun use in Connecticut

Donald Sawyer

Don Sawyer, an assistant professor of sociology who teaches courses on race, is available to comment on a new Associated Press report that says Connecticut officers last year fired stun guns at blacks and Hispanics at a higher rate than at white suspects, and warned, but didn't fire at, white suspects at a higher rate than they did blacks or Hispanics.

"I think more analysis needs to be done," Sawyer said. "I do see the disparity in the initial report, however I'd be interested in seeing details after a more in-depth analysis. With recent events involving police and communities of color, these numbers seem startling and raise eyebrows. It's easy for people to jump to conclusions when disparities seem apparent. I'm not sure anything will change upon a deeper look at the data, but based on initial numbers, it's clear that something is off." 

Sawyer works with at-risk students at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven. Below, please find some press he has received for his work at Wilbur Cross.  

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If you're interested in speaking to Sawyer, please contact John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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