Posted on July 21, 2005

Activist’s Daughter Arrested

Greg Shulas, Connecticut Post (Bridgeport), July 21

MILFORD — The daughter of a black civil rights activist was held in lieu of $45,000 bond Wednesday after she allegedly attacked two white police officers on a transit bus while denouncing them with racial slurs.

The commotion began Tuesday night when Holly Tucker, daughter of Barbara Fair, an organizer for People Against Injustice, apparently failed to pay her bus fare and then threatened the driver when told to get off the bus.

Two officers called in to defuse the situation found an angry Tucker on the bus in the parking lot of the Westfield Shoppingtown Connecticut Post mall, police said. Rather than responding to repeated requests to leave, Tucker, 22, of West Haven, began attacking the officers, said Milford Police spokesman Officer Vaughan Dumas in a statement. Tucker’s 2-year-old daughter was with her at the time.

“Police then attempted to arrest Tucker when she became combative, kicking an officer in the leg and scratching an officer’s arm during the struggle to resist arrest,” Dumas said.

Before getting off the bus, Tucker scolded the two officers and the bus driver, all of whom were white, with racial epithets. No one suffered serious injuries during the dispute.

Tucker faces three counts of intimidation based on bigotry and bias, three counts of second-degree threatening, two counts of assault on a police officer, two counts of interfering with police and a count of breach of peace.