Town Committee Member Charged With Assaulting Cop Over Parking Ticket

Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee member Tony Barr became irate after being issued a parking ticket, police said.

Bridgeport, CT – A member of the Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee was arrested on Friday night, after he allegedly fought with police and incited a riot over being issued a parking ticket.

Tony Barr, a convicted felon who served 20 years in prison for firing a “machine gun” at an undercover officer during his previous career as an enforcer for a local drug gang, was elected to the committee in March, the Connecticut Post reported.

He is currently campaigning for his attorney, Dennis Bradley, in his bid to become Bridgeport’s next state senator, according to the Connecticut Post.

On Friday night, a parking enforcement officer spotted a Honda minivan parked in a no parking zone near the intersection of Nichols Street and East Main Street, so the officer placed a parking ticket on the vehicle.

The vehicle belonged to Barr, 54, who was inside a barber shop at the time the ticket was issued.

When he realized what had occurred, Barr stormed out of the business and angrily confronted the officer, police said.

Additional officers raced to the scene as a large crowd began to convene in the area.

Barr then whipped out his cell phone, and began recording the chaos.

“[Bridgeport Police Chief] AJ Perez, I want you to see this,” Barr said in the video, according to police.

“Barr then in an aggressive manner stepped toward me and in an aggressive tone in close proximity of my face said, ‘calm down, what you’re gonna do is calm down,’ and then attempted to grab my arm," one of the officers wrote in the arrest report, according to the Connecticut Post.

Barr then began fighting with the officer as additional units arrived at the scene.

The growing irate crowd yelled at police while they struggled with Barr, who was ultimately placed under arrest.

“You just made a big mistake tonight,” he told the officers, according to the arrest report.

Barr was charged with inciting a riot, second-degree breach of peace, assault on a public safety officer, and resisting arrest, and was later released on bond.

Bradley said that Barr is "well-known" in the area, and blamed police for causing the chaotic situation.

“Tony Barr is a well-known member of the community and it’s unfortunate that the police didn’t try to resolve the situation short of an aggressive – and it was an aggressive – arrest,” Bradley told the Connecticut Post.

But it wasn’t the first time that Barr had acted out violently.

In addition to the offenses that led to his 20-year prison sentence, Barr was also charged in 2016 for threatening to “blow the mayor’s head off,” the Connecticut Post reported.

The incident occurred three months after Barr lost the mayoral race to Joseph Ganim, and resulted in him being charged with misdemeanor offenses of disorderly conduct and threatening.

“There was this big guy, and he was yelling he was going to get the mayor. We thought he had a gun,” a witness told the paper at the time. “He was really angry and he was going to get in. I thought he was going to attack the police officer.”

The government center security officer refused to allow Barr into the building to speak with Ganim, but allowed Barr to call him from the front desk telephone.

“I want to talk to the [expletive] mayor now,” he yelled at the mayor’s receptionist, according to police. “I’m going to shoot the [expletive] mayor. I’m going to blow the mayor’s head off.”

He later pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree breach of peace, and was sentenced to probation, the Connecticut Post reported.

Despite his guilty pleas, Barr denied having threatened Ganim, according to the paper.

“We have no issues with each other,” Barr said in March.

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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

But he's such a nice, peaceful, quiet, law-abiding man, isn't he? <sarc off> (Don't pay any attention to his history of violence and threatening behavior.)

La Migra
La Migra

"I din du nuffin", defense...hahaha

LEO0301
LEO0301

I'm so shocked a man who spent 20 years in jail for trying to kill a police officer would lose his composure and try to cause a riot. Shocking, I say! I hate to bring this up again, but why in certain neighborhoods do people feel they are justified getting involved in the business of others. Doesn't happen in my neighborhood....hmm, I wonder what the difference is?

angeleyes
angeleyes

Such a nice, professional, personable, law abiding citizen. must be another committee member after all the community believed in an ex-con who's turned his life around and isn't the same man he was before he went to prison.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

There should be a law that ANYONE who has a felony background/been in prison, etc DOES NOT QUALIFY to run for any office in the country. So so sick of these things and NO ONE seems to do anything about it. Felons are not allowed to vote, how do they win elections to office??????????

We're doomed I tell ya.....

J10107
J10107

What's the Best Indicator of Future Behavior ??? PAST BEHAVIOR !!!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

It's nice to see how his time in prison helped him turn his life around, and how lawful, and dutiful a citizen he is now......NOT !

And a Democrat to boot.......surprise surprise !

RPG156
RPG156

Well, a leopard's spots can change... can't they?

Skidoo
Skidoo

He fits the description of someone who lurks around on this forum.

cspcapt
cspcapt

heck the mayor is a convicted felon, Bridgeport is a cesspool of dirt

cspcapt
cspcapt

Ernie newton is a convicted felon and former state senator, gamin is a convicted felon and present mayor of Bridgeport, Roland is a former governor and convicted felon, santapetro is a former Waterbury mayor and convicted felon, do you want me to stop?

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Damn..who are these people? Are demonrats running this town? If i was a cop id move away from there..that is a cesspool of corruption

Stanracer
Stanracer

A bunch of entitled criminals running the place. Weird.🤔

magnumforc
magnumforc

More Democrats, uh felons, in office. If they aren't felons before running for office they become one in office. Just grand....

NomonK
NomonK

An example of Felons being allowed to vote and seek office. The only office this upright scumbag should hold is behind bars.

Jack17
Jack17

Typical Democrat

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Convicted felons should NEVER be eligible to hold any public, local, state or federal position!!! EVER!!! And to make things worse "his lawyer" Dennis Bradley won!?!? Lord Jesus please help us!!

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

So, he can't buy gun, but can hold public office? How the hell does that work?? Oh, and Republicans have had their share of people like this too. It is not a party problem.

Combokid
Combokid

They get these positions because everybody is afraid to say no to them or they will be labelled racist. I hate to say that and I hate that that's the way it is but it's true. We really need to get past this political correct nonsense before we begin to recover from the madness that we find ourselves in.

RoxC
RoxC

I can not believe this asshole is in public office after firing an automatic weapon at an officer..............he is a felon.............why is he a public official

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Call Bridgeport, CN. Town Hall / Mayor with phone calls and emails about Tony Barr

Joseph P. Ganim, Mayor City of Bridgeport, Connecticut Margaret E. Morton Government Center 999 Broad Street Bridgeport, CT 06604

Phone: 203-576-7201 Fax: 203-576-3913

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Another screwed-up town to avoid ever going to or through. Imagine "Government of and by Convicted Felons.."