Bridgeport homicide victim's mom, councilwoman's daughter arrested after altercation

Bridgeport Police car

Bridgeport Police car

Hearst Connecticut Media / Wes Duplantier

BRIDGEPORT — The daughter of a city councilwoman who managed a club where a young man was fatally shot last year, and the mother of the victim were arrested recently following a dispute on a city street.

Jimeesha Cooper, 28, the daughter of Councilwoman Eneida Martinez, was charged with second-degree breach of peace and second-degree threatening, according to court records. She was released after posting $5,000 bond.

Nicole Tate, 42, was charged with attempted second-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace. She was released after posting $10,000 bond.

According to police, shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Friday, an officer was called to the intersection of Stratford and Union avenues for a disturbance involving two women. Police said the women, identified as Cooper and Tate, were yelling at each other in the street.

Police said at one point Tate got into her car and drove at Cooper who jumped onto the curb to avoid Tate’s car.

Police said Tate told them she had been handing out flyers that contained comments regarding Cooper’s mother in the nearby deli when Cooper confronted her. Martinez, who declined to comment, is running in a Democratic primary Tuesday to keep her seat on the 20-member council.

Cooper and Tate then got into an angry argument that continued outside the deli, police said. Police said Cooper made threats to fight Tate.

Tate’s son, Nyair Nixon, 21, was fatally shot in the Keystone Lounge on Barnum Avenue Sept. 27, 2020, before stumbling out and being hit by a car, according to police. No arrest has been made.

Police said Martinez, who represents the East End, was managing the club at the time. She was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and 10 counts of illegal sale of alcohol for alleged pandemic violations. Martinez has not entered pleas to the charges and the case was continued last month to Nov. 15.

Since the homicide, Tate and the Nixon family have been campaigning to oust Martinez from her council seat at Tuesday’s primary.