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The Connecticut NAACP's president demands change after a New Haven man was hurt in a police van

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Body camera footage provided by New Haven police shows Richard "Randy" Cox being placed inside an NHPD patrol car after his arrest. Cox was later moved into a police transport van where his neck was broken after the driver stopped suddenly to avoid a collision. Cox is hospitalized, has no mobility from his chest down and is on a feeding tube. He was arrested near a block party on charges of criminal possession of a firearm, possessing a gun without a permit and breach of peace.

As we continue to process and follow developments regarding how New Haven resident Richard “Randy” Cox suffered paralysis-inducing injuries in the back of a New Haven police van, Connecticut NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile spoke about the situation on All Things Considered.

He evaluated why he thinks this incident happened, the reaction of New Haven city leaders and how things need to change going forward.

John Henry Smith is Connecticut Public’s host of All Things Considered, its flagship afternoon news program. In his 20th year as a professional broadcaster, he’s covered both news and sports.