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Arrests made during 'Justice for Jayson' rally in Hartford

Posted November 27, 2017 4:13 p.m. EST

— Supporters held "Justice for Jayson" rally on Monday after a 15-year-old boy was killed in an officer-involved shooting last spring.

They said they want action for the death of Jayson Negron, specifically the release of video evidence.

They gathered at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hartford at 11:30 a.m.

Seven people were arrested while cameras were rolling.

Hartford police addressed the arrests afterward.

They said the arrests were peaceful and voluntary.

The protesters were arrested after blocking traffic on Capitol Avenue, according to Deputy Chief Brian Foley of the Hartford Police Department.

The incident stemmed from a shooting involving Bridgeport officer James Boulay.

Back in May, Bridgeport police said they tried to stop a stolen vehicle on Fairfield Avenue. Negron was behind the wheel.

Police said Negron was diving the wrong way. As they approached the vehicle, Negron reversed and struck an officer.

Boulay was dragged under the car, police said. That's when he opened fire.

Negron and 21-year-old passenger Julian Fyffe were hit by gunfire.

The teen died at the scene.

Organizers of the rally believe Boulay, whom at the time had only been on the force for a year, should be charged with murder.

Family and supporters claim the video of the incident contradicts the story from police.