On March 15, 2015, New Haven Police Officer Josh Smereczynsky slammed a handcuffed, black, 15-year-old girl to the ground at the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. According to the girl’s grandmother, the arrested girl had been attacked in a nearby restaurant by an 18-year-old girl who had been threatening her for several months.
Hilke, Wally, "Addressing the Disease, Not the Symptoms: Lessons for Police Accountability from New Haven" (2016). SAW Student Paper Series. 13.