NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ New London officials faced heavy criticism about the police and fire departments at an NAACP meeting that drew more than 100 people.

The Day of New London reports that most of the discussion at Tuesday night’s meeting at a local church focused on the firing of a black firefighter recruit and a police officer’s alleged planting of drugs in the arrest of a local black man.

The state and local chapters of the NAACP called for law enforcement investigations of both cases.

Fire officials fired recruit Alfred Mayo in December citing low test scores. The city hasn’t hired a black firefighter since 1978.

A black resident, Lance Goode, claims city Officer Roger Newton planted drugs during his arrest in October 2010.

Newton recently resigned amid a state police investigation.

Information from: The Day,

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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