When Hartford was beset by gang violence in the 1990s, police sent special patrols to the area of Trinity College and Hartford Hospital. These institutions are vital to the city and need to be protected.
It's sad — tragic — how little has changed. Trinity, in particular, has seen an uptick in crime this school year, culminating in the horrid assault early Sunday morning of a Trinity sophomore, Christopher Kenny, whose jaw and cheekbone were broken. According to police, the student and a friend were walking near the intersection of Summit and Allen streets when a car pulled up and five people got out and started kicking and beating Mr. Kenny. He has been released from the hospital, a hopeful sign.
Hartford Police Chief James C. Rovella has ordered more officers to the area. Trinity officials, who had been increasing security already, have little choice but to continue, particularly on the fringe of the campus. Everyone is on edge, no one is happy. No one wants to see Trinity become a gated fortress, but assaults on students must be stopped and the area must be secured. Then there needs to be a long-term plan for the neighborhood.