Friday, July 5, 2013

East Haven internal affairs report slams officers' conduct, actions as 'unconstitutional'

Mara Lavitt/New Haven Register An East Haven cruiser and a car collided at the I-95 southbound entrance ramp on Sargent Dr. in New Haven 1/17.
By Jennifer Swift
Register Staff
EAST HAVEN >> Police officers acted in ways that were “unconstitutional,” abused their power and severely violated a litany of the department’s policies, procedures and codes of conduct, while investigating a misdemeanor and operating in New Haven months ago, an internal affairs investigation report shows.
The internal affairs investigation, obtained by the Register via a Freedom of Information request that was granted mid-day on the July 4 holiday, probed the conduct of seven officers and sustained allegations of misconduct for five of them for incidents on Jan. 17.
Several police officers questioned multiple people, drove through New Haven and East Haven with lights and sirens activated, and some changed their story during the course of the deputy chief’s investigation into the matter, all because they were investigating a misdemeanor purse snatching of an officer’s mother, which led them out of their jurisdiction.

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