Thursday, March 13, 2014

Press Conference Friday, March 21st 2014 @ 4pm

People against Police Brutality
Press Conference

When: Friday, March 21st 2014 @ 4 pm
    Where: 1 Union Ave New Haven, CT            
Come out in support of Justice for Jewu! Jewu will speak out against ongoing harassment he has encountered from NHPD officers post trial.  Jewu received a mistrial after the state failed to convict him of false charges which were made to justify the NHPD’s brutal shooting of Jewu, who was unarmed and surrendering.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The State is preparing to try Mr. Richardson again for the same charges they failed to convict him of in the first trial!

Sign the new petition to stop the state from getting a second chance to put an innocent man in jail:
New Haven area lawyer Norm Pattis writes about the mistrial and the likelihood of a second trial

"The state failed to persuade all six of the jurors in Mr. Richardson’s case that he was guilty as charged... But here’s what I will never understand: The state failed to prove its case in the first trial. Why isn’t the presumption of innocence enough to acquit Mr. Richardson altogether and to end this criminal prosecution once and for all?"

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mistrial declared in Jewu Richardson's case. Jurors state they couldn’t bring themselves to convict Richardson after the actions police took.

A mistrial has been declared in Jewu Richardson's case on Friday, April 12 2013. 

Jurors state they couldn’t bring themselves to convict Richardson after the actions police took!

After two days of deliberation the Jury could not come to a unanimous decison any of the charges. The Jury's note to Judge Mullins stated:

"We are not making progress,we have less consensus today than yesterday. One fundamental issue dominates EVERY discussion of every element of every charge. The guilt or innocence of the police. Not all jurors can exclude this topic from any element of any charge.“Juror quote: ‘They broke the law. How can you convict anyone of anything in such a case?’

Friday, April 12, 2013



Friday, April 12th 9am @ 235 Church St. New Haven

This is a pivotal point in Jewu Richardson’s Trial as new developments are occurring!


After two days of deliberation the Jury has yet to come to a unanimous decision on the verdict.


It is important now more than ever to show your support and be present with Jewu at his Trial. We need a strong public turnout in the courtroom to ensure transparency in the court proceedings.


We are calling for all supporters to come out and stand strong in a United Front in the name of Justice for Jewu and all the countless Brothers and Sisters Fighting For Justice!



Thursday, April 11, 2013

Please Come out to Support Jewu Richardson in his fight for justice! Today Jewu and supporters are awaiting the verdict and can use the support of the greater community. We will be at the Courthouse at 235 Church St. New Haven, CT at 10 am!

Jury still deliberating in Richardson assault trial, verdict expected Thursday- The New Haven Register - Serving New Haven, Connecticut

NEW HAVEN — Supporters of Jewu Richardson gathered on the steps of the judicial court house on Church Street to express their solidarity for his cause.

“It’s been a long ride, it’s been over three years I’ve been fighting these allegations,” Richardson said. “I pray that everything works out for the best and justice is received.”

The jury deliberated part of Tuesday and all of Wednesday. Both sides in the case said they expect a verdict will be reached on Thursday. The jury sent out a note Wednesday afternoon asking that defense attorney Diane Polan’s closing arguments be replayed, Polan said. Judge Raheem L. Mullins told them that wouldn’t be possible because closing arguments aren’t evidence.

Part of Sgt. Doug Harkins testimony was replayed.

“I’m always hoping for the best, I don’t know what the verdict is going to be,” Richardson said. “I just hope that whatever the verdict is that some sort of light is brought to the allegations against me.”

Richardson is charged with assault on a police officer, attempt to commit assault on a police officer and a number of other misdemeanor and motor vehicle offenses after he allegedly led police on a chase in January 2010 that ended with him being shot in the chest.

Police have testified that Richardson hit Officer Ross Van Nostrand with his car before he shot Richardson in the chest. Richardson claims that his car couldn’t move after being hit by a cruiser near the Whalley Avenue Mobil gas station. He also said he had his hands in the air when Van Nostrand shot him.

Regardless of the verdict, Richardson said he hopes his trial will serve as a catalyst for others to come forward against police brutality.

“I don’t think the police department has acknowledged that they have a problem with police brutality,” he said.Continued...
A diverse group of men and women joined Richardson on the court steps after they found out no verdict had been reached by the end of the day.

Emma Jones was one of the people who joined Richardson. Her son, Malik Jones was shot and killed by police in 1997 after situation involving a car chase. She is currently attempting to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to take her case.

“The police is going to figure out a way to make sure whatever happened to you is a result of your wrong doing,” she said. “And they are always going to be right no matter what.”

She and others at the rally advocated for mandatory video recording systems for police that couldn’t be turned off. Taser International CEO Rick Smith recently met with police chiefs from across the Greater New Haven area to showcase a new wearable camera product. New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman has expressed interest in the technology.

Others also expressed hope that Richardson would be found not guilty for charges.

“As the result of them chasing Jewu for a headlight, Jewu almost suffered a fatality,” Keroy Ellington said.

She also brought up Richardson’s previous accusation that police planted drugs on him in 2006. He later sued police.

“A man who has been falsely imprisoned, a man who has been beat until he was unconscious, why should a man be forced to pull over for a police officer that has his gun drawn at the scene for a missing headlight, why should he trust that officer,” she said.

State prosecutor Jack Doyle declined to comment on Wednesday, but said he would have a comment after a verdict has been reached.