Danbury Mayoral Candidates Begin to Spar, Esposito Says Alves Wants to ‘Defund the Police’
Every Friday, Danbury's two Mayoral candidates join us on the Ethan and Lou Show, Dean Esposito and Roberto Alves.
During these segments, we ask the two men about different issues facing the Hat City and this past week was all about the police. We interviewed Republican Dean Esposito first on Friday morning (10/8/21) around 8:20.
We brought up an incident involving a gun in the city from earlier in the week. I told Dean that as a Danbury resident, I am concerned by this and I've noticed a "tough guy" culture developing in the city with young men brazenly committing crimes. We asked Esposito what he thought about the gun incident that was caught on camera and my comments, he responded:
"I did review that video that you put out there and it was very informative. I mean, it's very discouraging to see that somebody would shoot a gun off in downtown Danbury, it's upsetting to me."
Esposito then brought up the matter of police funding and said the following:
"You know that moves to the fact that we need more police, we need more coverage, we need more support for the police department as far as giving them the training they need and funding them.
You know, we have to continue to fund the police, you know my opponent calls for defunding the police. He's taken a position to defund the police by accepting his nomination from the Working Families Party.
So, I hate to get into it politically but that's the reality. He's looking to defund the police when we need to fund them even more, to give them more support so we can have more police on the street and try to prevent something like this."
Roberto Alves, Esposito's opposing candidate joined the Ethan and Lou Show later that morning and responded to what Dean had to say, you can read/hear his reaction here. You can listen to our entire interview with Esposito in the video player at the top of the page.