HARTFORD — Stephan Palmer wasn't planning to speak about his own circumstances at Thursday night's community forum on the causes of violence in Hartford.
But a particular phrase that was echoed my many of the roughly 50 people at the Parker Memorial Community Center struck a chord with him.
"I didn't come to speak about myself, so at first I was not going to share," Palmer said in an interview after the event. "But the more I heard them saying 'where's the fathers, where's the fathers, where's the fathers' — there are fathers that are here that are trying to help."
Palmer, a panelist at the forum, said he was a father of three daughters,...