The Danbury Police Department issued a press release that addressed recent postings on social media that alleged a human trafficking problem at the mall.
It has come to our attention that there have been numerous recent postings on social media alleging a human trafficking problem at the Danbury Fair Mall. The posts also allege that the incidents of human trafficking have been confirmed by both the Danbury Police and mall officials. There is no validity to these allegations at this time.
This past weekend there was one complaint of a suspicious male who was allegedly following a group of youths in the mall. Both Danbury Police and Mall Security responded and concluded that there was no criminal aspect. The male in question has no known criminal history.
While we acknowledge that human trafficking can take place anywhere we have no evidence or information at this time to support any allegations that it is a problem at the Danbury Fair Mall.
As a general rule, the public is encouraged to employ the following crime prevention tips in an effort to avoid becoming crime victims:
• Be aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your instincts. If you think you are in an area you should not be, you probably are
• Walk in well-lit areas avoiding short cuts through alleys and parking lots
• Keep purses and packages tucked securely between your arms and body
• Vary your route while jogging/walking and/or go with a friend
• If you are being followed, change directions, cross the street, go into public buildings, call the Police Department
• Carry some type of noisemaker (i.e. whistle) to deter an attacker and attract the public’s attention
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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.
The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.
Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.
Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.