News station poll shows 92% of respondents oppose “police accountability bill” (before poll disappeared)

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HARTFORD, CT.- At one time, Connecticut had a governor they could be proud of. Ella Grasso, a Democrat was the first female to be elected governor in her own right.

Although she only served one term, she was an exceptionally good leader who governed in a non-partisan manner.

Recently, Connecticut had the inept Gov. Dannel Malloy, who saddled Connecticut taxpayers with the largest tax increase in state history. Finally, rid of him, Connecticut now has the equally, if not more inept Gov. Ned Lamont.

The next time he takes a stand against the radicals in the Democrat party in Connecticut will be the first time. Lamont has promised to throw down with the anti-cop mob and will sign the “police reform” bill into law.

Law Enforcement Today recently did a four-part study to examine the proposals for reforming the police in Connecticut, using information provided by Elliott Spector, Esq., one of the foremost experts in Connecticut on police use of force issues.

The research undertaken by Atty. Spector showed that none of the areas targeted for “reform” in Connecticut were shown to be problem areas for police in Connecticut.

That mattered not to the Connecticut State Legislature, where both the House and Senate passed the reform bill almost exclusively along party lines. And Lamont has promised to sign the bill.

WFSB Channel 3 in Hartford conducted an unscientific poll of Connecticut residents which asked, “Do you think Governor Lamont should sign the police accountability bill?” In an overwhelming majority after nearly 9,000 votes, a full 92% of those responding to the poll said no, Lamont should not sign the bill. Only 7% said that he should sign the bill, while 1% were undecided.

This was (obviously) not even close. You cannot get 92% of the American people to agree that the moon isn’t made out of Swiss cheese, let alone getting that high a number to agree on something as contentious as police reform. That number clearly shows that there is something wrong with the bill.

Legislators were in a rush to push the bill through, even as Republicans had asked for a delay to allow the attorney general to review the bill, since concerns were raised that certain parts of it might be unconstitutional. That made no difference to Democrats, who are down with the revolution to emasculate police and turn our cities and towns over to violent mobs.

Lamont was asked earlier on Thursday to comment on the poll, to which his office said they would “pass” on that request.

Later in the day during a press briefing, WFSB asked Lamont about the poll, to which he said that the bill preserved qualified immunity in place for all but the most egregious of crimes and he believes that voters will understand that the right call was being made.

Even after the bill was passed, senators on both parties disagreed on how the bill would affect police. Supporters claim that it will help the state get rid of bad officers.

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“Once people look at the bill, I don’t think there is really anything that is that threatening in the context except to officers who are bad officers,” Senate majority leader Martin Looney said.

Republicans however disagreed with Looney’s assessment.

“You’re going to see police not be proactive, but reactive,” said Sen. Len Fasano, senate minority leader. “In other words, if they see something that they think may be an issue, they are going to be reluctant to intercede, because they are going to get sued.”

The poll itself was questioned, even though it is unscientific. Initially, the poll showed the same numbers in the pro and con columns, however at some point the poll was removed and replaced with another one. That led some to believe that WFSB didn’t like the direction the polling was going and thus took down the old poll and replaced it. Law Enforcement Today was notified and looked into it.

We reached out to Keith Connors, Executive News Director at WFSB-3 and asked about the methodology for conducting the poll.

Connors explained that the station conducts non-scientific viewer polling every day, several times a day. They use a third-party vendor called VoteNow. He said that once a new poll is posted, the previous poll is bumped from the rotation on the air as well as on the website. He said that on occasion they follow up a poll result with a news story, which the station indeed did today.

We did note that on WFSB’s 6:00 p.m. newscast on Thursday, they did have a reporter, Courtney Zeller do a follow up on the poll results.

He said that this software is used by numerous stations and networks across the US. Connors also emphasized that it was a non-scientific poll and samples viewers and users at a specific point in time, and said that it is not meant to “represent feelings or desires of the state, just the viewers of WFSB who choose to participate.”

We expressed our concerns about the anti-police bias that has been prevalent in news coverage since the George Floyd incident, however Connors explained that the station has no position on the police reform bill.

He spoke of ongoing partnerships between the station and the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, with whom they have worked on a number of initiatives. He invited us to reach out to the CPCA to get their input on the station’s coverage of issues concerning law enforcement.

Still, police officers should take heart in the fact that it appears that an overwhelming majority of at least WFSB viewers are supportive of their efforts. That does not mean the fight is over, however.

The attorney for several of the state’s police unions have said they are reviewing the bill to see if certain parts will pass constitutional muster, and they remain hopeful that Lamont, who has issued around one gazillion executive orders related to the pandemic will use similar measures to suspend certain parts of the bill.

“The governor is in a unique position because I believe the governor could exercise his veto power and we are all standing around with these masks on, not because they make us look great, but because there is a pandemic. The governor has issued literally dozens and dozens of executive orders under his authority through the health crisis. He could suspend certain portions of that law once he signs it into law using those powers,” said Marshall Segar, police union attorney.

The ball is in Lamont’s court. We all know how this story is going to end. 

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