Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim has suspended two detectives named Angel Llanos and Kevin Cronin for ‘unacceptable failures’ while investigating the Bumble date death of Lauren Smith-Fields and the mysterious death of Brenda Rawls. The mayor also criticized the leadership of the local police department for an ‘unacceptable failure’ and ‘insensitivity.’ The Mayor was disappointed in how the police handled the investigations into Lauren Smith Fields and Brenda Rawls’ death.
Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim on Sunday released a strongly worded statement, announcing that detectives Angel Llanos and Kevin Cronin were being placed on administrative leave effective immediately pending the outcome of an Internal Affairs Investigation.
‘I want you to know that I am extremely disappointed with the leadership of the Bridgeport Police Department and find actions taken up to this point unacceptable,’ the mayor stated.
Ganim added that the two cops could face disciplinary actions ‘for lack of sensitivity to the public and failure to follow police policy’ in the handling of the investigations into the deaths of Lauren Smith-Fields, 23, and Brenda Rawls, 53, both black women, on the same day last month.
The mayor’s statement was released two days after Llanos, who was the supervisory officer in charge of overseeing Smith-Fields and Rawls’ cases, retired from the force.
It is unclear at this time if Llanos’ departure means that he will no longer be subjected to the internal probe or any potential disciplinary measures.
Smith-Fields was found unresponsive in her apartment on December 12, 2021, while on a date with a man she had met on Bumble. Last week, the state medical examiner ruled her death an accident caused by a fentanyl overdose in combination with other medications and alcohol. The following day, a criminal investigation was launched into the woman’s death.
The cops don’t take black death seriously, so you can’t be surprised by this. The problem now is that crucial evidence has been lost, and these cases may never be solved.
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