Tarnishing the Badge

06Dec11

THE STRATFORD VERSION!

Before we begin this sordid & corrupt little tale, some background information should be provided. At the time, we felt this would be handled appropriately and did not spend much webspace on it. How wrong we were. This is Stratford after all and “business as usual” has a different meaning here. But to begin;

No arrests planned in Stratford cop, resident clash
Brittany Lyte, Staff Writer
Updated 10:39 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, 2011

STRATFORD — The Police Department will make no arrests following the criminal investigation of an officer accused of assaulting a town resident.
Detective William Jennings, a veteran officer with 23 years on the force, was accused of assault April 18 by David Fredericks, a 39-year-old landscaping business owner, during a dispute outside Fredericks’ home on Chapel Street about 7 p.m.
Fredericks and three witnesses — his wife, one of his employees and the sister of another employee — told police Jennings refused to identify himself when he approached Fredericks on his property in plainclothes in April and demanded that Fredericks pay up money he said he owed his friend to replace a damaged tree. Jennings was screaming, swearing and threatening to “ruin” him, according to Fredericks.
Fredericks said he did not recognize Jennings and did not know anything about the debt Jennings was trying to collect from him.
Fredericks said Jennings pushed him. He said he became upset and scared, so he threatened to get a baseball bat if the stranger did not leave. Fredericks never got the bat, but called 911.
Fredericks is heard screaming and swearing repeatedly at Jennings to leave his property during several 911 calls he made at the scene during the dispute.
Fredericks’ wife, June Palatiello, said she was eating dinner when a man she did not recognize drove a silver Lexus into their driveway. She ran outside to assist her husband when she realized he did not know the man and the stranger seemed to be refusing to leave.
Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/No-arrests-planned-in-Stratford-cop-resident-1455295.php#ixzz1flQdzrc7

Let’s stop there. Silver Lexus? You mean the Lexus that was stolen from Fairfield Lexus? It seems the Stratford Police Department stole that Lexus. From what we can piece together from several authoritative sources
1. The Lexus was reported stolen from Lexus of Fairfield.
2. Detective Bill Jennings working for the DEA (see above article) took possession of the car.
3. Jennings was stopped at least at least once by other law enforcement departments and it came back as reported stolen.
4. Lt. Pinto (Jennings’ supervisor)contacted dispatch and told them to send a locate on the car to Fairfield PD stating that Stratford had the car and to cancel the stolen vehicle report.
5. No notification to the insurance company was made that the Lexus had been recovered nor was it mentioned to Lexus of Fairfield.
6. Lt. Pinto claims that it was a “problem” in Wethersfield as to why the car was still reported stolen
7. Lt Pinto then registers the vehicle under a police method for undercover vehicles.
8. The insurance company pays the owner of the car.
9. Stratford PD is still in possession of the Lexus. The insurance company may be getting a little suspicious by now.
10.Jennings succumbs to an undefined illness after the article is published and has been out on sick leave since.

To the civilian observers (like us) this appears to be a case of insurance fraud at a minimum and grand theft and falsification of records plus a host of other charges at the other end. We certainly do not expect that police officers are in the business of stealing luxury cars for their on and off duty use.

Which begs the question: Who is in charge at the PD?

One answer is obvious: Lock your car doors.

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83 Responses to “Tarnishing the Badge”

  1. 1 1george1

    CHECK YOUR EMAIL

  2. 2 mikereynolds

    WTF????

  3. 3 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “WTF????”

    George is probably referring to my email which now contains page after page after page of a variety of conspiracy theories. Thank you so much, George.

    If you’re referring to the article above, yes indeed. WTF???? It really makes you wonder what else has been going on.

  4. 4 mikereynolds

    lol…I’m referring to the above article.

  5. 5 jezebel282

    Mike,

    So has your pride been restored?

  6. 6 mikereynolds

    Somewhat yes. We aren’t embroiled in controversy after controversy that makes us a laughing stock of the state. Do we have problems, of course…show me a town that doesn’t. They seem worse to us because we live here and pay for it.

  7. 7 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “Somewhat yes.”

    Admittedly we no longer have a bullying buffoon in the mayor’s office, we still do not have the accountability and competence we pay dearly for.

  8. 8 bollicks

    Wow, a stolen car? Insurance fraud? Doesnt a stolen car have to do with NCIC/COLLECT, I believe it does, is the State Police Major Crime Investigating this since they oversee NCIC/COLLECT use….

  9. 9 1george1

    2011 – 23 = 1988 or maybe 1987?
    Who happened to be Town Council Chairman 1987-1989?

    Does that ex-chair have any influence with CT State Police, due to
    1 – a former head of CT State Trooper Home Land Security?
    2 – a former Stratford DTC Chairman & CT State Trooper?
    3 – a former CT State Trooper & RTC Member & bro-in-law
    to a former ranking Stratford Police?

    Some times a conspiracy exists?
    Some times a cigar is just a cigar?

    I prefer to believe people innocent until proven guilty.

    It does appear Stratford police recovered a stolen car.
    I have ZERO knowledge of a chain of custody or circumstances.

  10. 10 jezebel282

    Bollicks,

    “State Police Major Crime Investigating this since they oversee NCIC/COLLECT use”

    Don’t be silly. It’s not like the Lexus was parked illegally, you know.

  11. 11 bollicks

    But now its past practice, Why arent they involved, Stratford picks and chooses their investigations….Oh Wait, Buturla is out in Virginia now…

  12. 12 jezebel282

    Bollicks,

    “But now its past practice,”

    That means that the mayor would have to pick an innocent Captain and Lieutenant and have them demoted, suspended without pay and arrested.

    Guilty Captains and Lieutenants never get punished. This case should prove that again.

  13. 14 bollicks

    I found this case very interesting above, Murvin vs Stratford, does anyone know how much this cost Stratford?

  14. 15 jezebel282

    Bollicks,

    I recognized a name or two in the case. Pretty much the same ones as in the article above.

    “does anyone know how much this cost Stratford?”
    More than a brand new Lexus?

  15. 16 bollicks

    Bingo Jez.

  16. 17 bollicks

    I see Malloy wants to arrest for food, this is a stolen car, right….

  17. 18 1george1

    Any Tomb stones missing?

    Any pile of unpaid printed material?

    Any falsified reports? deJa vu?

  18. 19 jezebel282

    Before any more is added, which it no doubt will be, we would like to make clear that the Stratford PD has, is and will continue to be comprised of some of the finest women and men we will ever have the privilege to know.

    Incidents and abuses like this tend to destroy morale and remove incentive on an almost daily basis. It cannot be tolerated by the community nor the department. That is why you find the article here. These acts of corruption cannot be left hidden. Sunshine is the best disinfectant.

    Therefore, we call upon Mayor Harkins who has the sole power to remedy this corruption to actually do something.

  19. 20 1george1

    There are many, many, decent and honorable police within the
    rank and file. However there are a few who are politically malleable
    and willing to delete items, leave out items, and change items in
    the police reports (I have 3 instances) as well as not conduct full,
    intensive and unbiased investigations.

    This is NOT just in Stratford, but also to state police & FBI.
    POLITICIZATION exists in many departments and agencies
    in a wide range of areas including elected, appointed, hired
    promted, and contracted

  20. 21 jezebel282

    George,

    “This is NOT just in Stratford, but also to state police & FBI.”

    Nonetheless, our PD deserves to be free of this type of abuse. Not to mention we citizens as well.

  21. 22 1george1

    Frank Piccolo

  22. 23 mikereynolds

    Gary Owen

  23. 24 1george1

    Phyrric Victory

  24. 25 jezebel282

    The only thing worse is if one of these corrupt individuals filed a lawsuit against the Town claiming something like age discrimination as the reason for a dismissal.

    Oh! Wait a minute…..

  25. 26 1george1

    Drum roll …………………….. please ……………

  26. 27 jezebel282

    George,

    “Drum roll ”

    Based on the article you have a 50/50 chance of being right.

  27. 28 1george1

    Ahhhhh!

    Now I gottcha, Jeze,

    Which 50 % chance?

  28. 29 jezebel282

    George,

    “Which 50 % chance?”

    Really? As our resident conspiracy expert, you can’t work this one out?

  29. 30 1george1

    Really? As our resident conspiracy expert,
    you can’t work this one out?

    I seem to be better at identifying the inscrutables,
    than the scrupulous.

    Sorry about giving you a compliment.
    I like keeping you off balance. 😉

    I like dealing with give & take …
    rather than the take & take …

  30. 31 1george1

    PORTIA and the RepubiCAN’Ts are INCAPABLE of distancing
    themselves from the CRASSUS, CAESAR, & CICERO COMPLEX.

  31. 32 jezebel282

    George,

    Given Portia’s wish to deregulate everything imaginable, I can only surmise that Portia would have difficulty seeing the need for police officers in the first place.

  32. 33 portia1776

    It feels nice to be missed by George and Jez, who have taken to attributing to me beliefs contrary to my own if only to “encourage” a reply. They know I can’t resist setting the record straight.

    So, to George, can you elaborate on this “Complex”? Grouping those three very different Romans together is idiosyncratic bordering on incoherent. As for the “can’t” or “Party of No” meme, would you prefer a “yes” to the unprecedented illegality, incompetence, and corruption of President Obama?

    Should we meekly reply “yes, Mr President” when, as he did last night on 60 Minutes, Obama said “Steve, the math is the math. You can’t lower rates and raise revenue, unless you’re getting revenue from someplace else”? Does it bear mentioning that had Bush uttered something so incredibly foolish — of course, lower rates + more payers = increased revenue — we would all be having a good laugh at his expense by now?

    How about President Obama’s idea to “save” Social Security by further reducing already inadequate revenues (the temporary payroll tax holiday)? Where, or where, are the scaremongers (AARP, Committee to Enslave
    Future Generations, sorry, to Protect Social Security and Medicare) of the entitlement state when you need them?

    I did like the Osawatomie speech because it means that Obama supporters can no longer claim to be in Kansas anymore. Caracas or Havana, but not Kansas.

    As David Harasanyi has it, “Obama dropped almost all pretenses and made the progressive case against an American free market system, which he called “a simple theory … one that speaks to our rugged individualism and our healthy skepticism of too much government. … And that theory fits well on a bumper sticker. But here’s the problem: It doesn’t work.”

    Obama, after all, is such a towering economic mind that in Osawatomie, he once again blamed ATMs (and the Internets) for job losses. This is a man we can trust. “Less productivity! More jobs!”

    That‘s not to say capital isn’t useful occasionally, of course. Not long ago, Obama hosted a $38,000-a-plate fundraiser for wealthy Manhattanites. The president — with the Democratic National Committee — has hauled in more cash from rent-seeking financial-sector companies than all Republican candidates combined. This president has supported every big-business bailout with taxpayers’ money, even though he claims they shouldn’t be on the “hook for Wall Street’s mistakes (http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2011/12/06/obama-vs-capitalism/).””

    Now, Jez, “deregulate everything imaginable”? We’ve already made clear that I favor consumer sovereignty, the strongest regulation possible. We have also established that you are unwilling to take on the (impossible) task of defending corrupt and incompetent government regulation — you know, the kind that makes millions of Americans sick every year when they unsuspectingly buy contaminated USDA inspected and certified meats. Your only response is to say the regulators need more money and more power. I’ve dealt with that canard, too. The fact is we have never had a more powerful, large, and expensive national government than now. How is that working out for you?

    To your specific charge: I fully support and appreciate our Finest, the honest and hard-working police who daily defend the rule of law, a lawful purpose of government (dust off your federal and state constitution’s once in a while?) It is a shame that their ranks are occasionally sullied by bad actors as well as that they are forced to belong to monopolistic unions that do not represent officers’ best interests.

  33. 34 jezebel282

    Portia,

    Glad to see nothing has changed.

  34. 35 mikereynolds

    Consistency is the cornerstone of excellence.

  35. 36 jezebel282

    Mike,

    You like the bar set on “LOW”, don’t you?

  36. 37 1george1

    “Consistency is the cornerstone of excellence.”

    Jeze – What if the cornerstone is set over quicksand?

    – Portia >
    Crassus was a monied Patrician & allied to Caesar

    Caesar was a Crass, Cold, and Calculating Soldier / Politician
    / Master tactician.

    Cicero was a master orator & writer, defender of Murder.

    Portia, you know I am not an apologist for neither the Demon-crats
    nor RepubliCAN’Ts.

    Obama Chief of staff is the son of the Mayor of Chicago during
    the Convention, during the Nixon time.

    Newt was the regional head for Nelson Rockefeller.
    Obama people are hip deep in CFA & TRILATERALISM like the
    Bush – Cheney gangsters, Clinton – Gore, GHWB, Reagan black
    hearts of the WHITE HOUSE.

    The CHURCH COMMITTEE identified the true enemies of humanity.

  37. 38 1george1

    So, to George, can you elaborate on this “Complex”?
    Grouping those three very different Romans together is
    idiosyncratic bordering on incoherent.

    Nice vocabulary, yet erronious, per usual.
    Reference “Death of a Republic” – Dickenson

    Death of a republic
    politics and political thought at Rome 59-44 B.C
    edited by George Lee Haskins.
    Published 1963 by Macmillan, Collier-Macmillan in New York .
    Written in English.
    ID Numbers – Open Library OL19014416M

    Death of a republic : politics and political thought at Rome
    59-44 B.C. / John Dickinson ; edited and with an introduction
    by George Lee Haskins

    Marcus Licinius Crassus (Latin: M·LICINIVS·P·F·P·N·CRASSVS)
    (ca. 115 BC – 53 BC) was a Roman general and politician who
    commanded the right wing of

    Crassus grew up as the son of a consul and distinguished general.
    His career to fame and phenomenal wealth began as he started
    purchasing the houses of …

    Crassus saw Pompey as his great rival, but knew he could not
    match Pompey’s military achievements. So, he set about winning
    popularity by acting as an …

    Gaius Julius Caesar (July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC) was a
    Roman general and statesman and a distinguished writer of
    Latin prose. He played a critical role in …

    Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, political theorist, and Roman constitutionalist. He came from a wealthy municipal family of

    January 3, 106 BC – December 7, 43 BC; sometimes anglicized
    as Tully[1]), was a Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer,
    political theorist, and Roman constitutionalist. He came from
    a wealthy municipal family of the equestrian order, and is widely
    considered one of Rome’s greatest orators and prose stylists.

    Exile and returnIn 60 BC Julius Caesar invited Cicero to be the
    fourth member of his existing partnership with Pompey and
    Marcus Licinius Crassus, an assembly that would eventually
    be called the First Triumvirate.
    Cicero refused the invitation because he suspected it would
    undermine the Republic.

    This item: Murder Trials (Penguin Classics)
    by Marcus Tullius Cicero Paperback.
    An accomplished poet, philosopher, rhetorician, and humorist,
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC) was also the greatest
    forensic orator Rome ever produced
    Cicero’s speeches “In Defence of Sextus Roscius of Amerina,”
    “In Defence of Aulus Cluentius Habitus,”
    “In Defence of Gaius Rabirius,” “Note on the Speeches in
    Defence of Caelius and Milo,” and
    “In Defence of King Deiotarus” provide insight into Roman
    life, law, and history.

    Sorry Portia, your idiosyncratic historic and present errors in
    judgin politics of notorious political actors border on incoherent
    babble, by consistant misunderstanding realities from postures.
    8)

  38. 39 1george1

    Stratford is not the only place or time in history with strange
    POLITICAL bedfellows.

    H O R R O R S.

    You know how they teach people doing public speaking to pretend
    all of the audience are NAKED?

    H O R R O R S !!!

    While TYPING strange POLITICAL bedfellows, the thought flashed
    of the country club crony capitalists NAKED with the BARRISTERS
    and various TOWN COUNCILORS and BOARD of ED . . . .

    Y U C K !!!

    Almost as BAD as what I see in the M I R R O R …. 😉

  39. 40 jezebel282

    George/Portia,

    Meanwhile, back in this century, apparently Detective Jenninngs went out on “sick” leave shortly after the strong arm incident with Fredericks. He is still out on sick leave five months later….at full pay, of course.

  40. 41 1george1

    Something BIG may be coming, not directly related to this,
    yet systemically.

  41. 42 jezebel282

    Update:

    Stratford cop suspended after internal investigation
    Brittany Lyte, Staff Writer
    Updated 11:51 p.m., Tuesday, December 20, 2011
    STRATFORD — A police officer accused of assaulting a town resident received a 15-day suspension without pay after an internal investigation found he violated the law.

    Detective William Jennings, a veteran officer with 23 years on the force, was accused of assault April 18 by David Fredericks, a 39-year-old landscaping business owner, during a dispute outside Fredericks’ home on Chapel Street….

    …A month after his suspension was imposed, Jennings filed a complaint against the Police Department and the town of Stratford with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

    In the 14-page grievance, Jennings details what he describes as a deep-seated culture of animosity among some members of the police department. He said his removal from the DEA task force and the investigation against him is retaliation for speaking out about unethical activity within the department and because he is paid at a higher rate than most other officers.
    Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Stratford-cop-suspended-after-internal-2415003.php#ixzz1hAC0zEEr

    So…who gets the Lexus?

  42. 43 jezebel282

    Update:

    In yet the latest twist in this twisted tale, it seems that Detective Jennings has resigned. A happy ending? Don’t be silly! Detective Jennings will be collecting his pension beginning next December to a tune of well north of $61,000 (imagine the overtime he will claim and will be approved). Who will be playing that tune for Detective Jennings for the rest of his natural life? Why, you and me the taxpayers of Stratford of course.

  43. 44 jezebel282

    Yet more update:

    The question becomes whose signature will be on the overtime approvals for Jennings? Will it be Pinto’s or perhaps Popik’s? They are after all, his “supervisors”. The same guys who let him drive around in a stolen Lexus for months. (Say, did the insurance company ever get their money or car back?). Then we have to ask what Jennings actually did during his workshifts? How many drug arrests have been made, how many search warrants issued, how many cases have ended in convictions?

    Here is a bigger problem: The Town of Stratford has 90+ police officers. Almost all of them come to work every single day to solve our problems, keep us safe and make sure we can do what we do with minimal interference. They do so with occasional risk to themselves ( it is Stratford not the South Bronx or South Central LA after all).

    The antics of Jennings and the “supervisors” that should have restricted him cause harm to not only citizens and taxpayers but to the excellent officers that we have in the PD. There is not a police officer on our police department that is not embarrassed and demoralized by this case and by the “supervisors” that let it go on.

  44. 45 jezebel282

    Update:

    Ridenhour named Stratford police chief

    Written by John Kovach
    Thursday, 09 February 2012 12:26
    http://stratfordstar.com/news/72044-ridenhour-named-stratford-police-chief.html

    He can’t be serious.

  45. 46 mikereynolds

    Your objections?

  46. 47 jezebel282

    Mike,

    Two.

    We paid CBG Strategies to “find” Ridenhour.

    Did you happen to read this topic and remember who was in charge at the time?

  47. 48 sudds

    “We paid CBG Strategies to “find” Ridenhour.”

    Good work if you can get it, huh???

    “Did you happen to read this topic and remember who was in charge at the time?”

    Sadly, this kinda makes him the ideal choice for Stratford, no???

  48. 49 mikereynolds

    Yes I do recall who was in charge.

    One thing I’ve learned is that police chiefs who are hired by a mayor are a reflection of that mayor.

    Burturla was hired by an evil man and thus acted accordingly.

    Ridenhour was now hired by someone with far more character and morals and I would expect him to act accordingly.

  49. 50 sudds

    “One thing I’ve learned is that police chiefs who are hired by a mayor are a reflection of that mayor.”

    Sooooooo… then I guess we’ll never again hear from Ridenhour unless there is a store/restaurant opening!!!

    PS… I wonder who his Chief of Staff will be???

  50. 51 mikereynolds

    Exactly

  51. 52 1george1

    PS… I wonder who his Chief of Staff will be???

    There were 2 LoSchiavo’s hired, by P D, weren’t there?

    Sudds:
    “One thing I’ve learned is that police chiefs who are hired
    by a mayor are a reflection of that mayor.”

    Sooooooo… then I guess we’ll never again hear from
    Ridenhour unless there is a store/restaurant opening!!!

    Geo: NOW THAT’S FUNNY …
    It is also SAD, because it appears TRUE.
    “Me and my shadow …”
    “Strolling down the avenue”

    Mike Reynolds:
    “One thing I’ve learned is that police chiefs who are
    hired by a mayor are a reflection of that mayor.

    Burturla was hired by an evil man and thus acted accordingly.

    Ridenhour was now hired by someone with far more character
    and morals and I would expect him to act accordingly.”

    Geo: Personnel is policy ….
    HARKINS – Police Chief 2 years = John Burturla
    MIRON > Same

    HARKINS – Finance Dept promotion – Sue Collier
    MIRON > Same

    HARKINS – Town Attorney Firms: Burturla + Kelly + Florek
    MIRON > Same

    HARKINS – Public Works – McCarthy
    MIRON > Same

    HARKINS / BoE Attorney Firms: Burturla + Kelly + Florek
    MIRON > Same

    HARKINS / BoE Superintendent: Cornish
    MIRON > Same

    HARKINS – Police Budget > OT
    MIRON > Same

    HARKINS – Fire Budget > OT
    MIRON > Same

    HARKINS – Fire Defined Benefit Pension
    MIRON > Same

    HARKINS – Police Defined Benefit Pension
    MIRON > Same 1996 CUTOFF between plans – only made
    official ….

    Police bought & paid for – just like FBI & State PD.
    Just like ranking Intelligence / Military Community
    Just like Board of Ed
    Just like Wall Street
    Just like Congress / Senate
    Just like Judicial
    Just like BAR Association

    Difference between Russian & Chinese Communist apparatchik
    / Nomenklura and Democrats / Republicans.
    – They now practice Capitalism.

    NONE practice meritocracy – all in who you know & who you bl*w

    Right Mike?

    Fore ….

    Most of this country’s honest people need a Mulligan.

  52. 53 jezebel282

    “PS… I wonder who his Chief of Staff will be???”

    He would be called “Deputy Chief”.

  53. 54 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “Ridenhour was now hired by someone with far more character and morals”

    What evidence do you have of that?

  54. 55 mikereynolds

    You mean its not obvious?

  55. 56 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “You mean its not obvious?”

    Maybe I missed it. Perhaps if you cited a few examples. Or one.

  56. 57 mikereynolds

    I say that because I personally know him.

    But one example is that he did stiff a print shop for $12,000 and refuses to pay.

  57. 58 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “But one example is that he did stiff a print shop for $12,000 and refuses to pay.”

    Who are we talking about?

  58. 59 mikereynolds

    That should read, “He DIDN’T stiff a print ship for $12,000 and refuses to pay.”

  59. 60 jezebel282

    That’s it? That’s your example?

  60. 61 mikereynolds

    Yup, you asked for one and there you go.

  61. 62 jezebel282

    Well, you certainly convinced me. But I must say, your bar is set on “low”.

  62. 63 mikereynolds

    You asked for an example…I gave one. If you don’t like it there’s nothing I can do…that’s on you.

  63. 64 jezebel282

    On me?

    No…that’s on all of us.

  64. 65 ronmoreau

    Jez ,
    I believe Mr.Ridenhour was hired Mr. Miron as well.

  65. 66 jezebel282

    Ron,

    Good point.

    And we didn’t have to pay CBG Strategies that time!

  66. 67 ronmoreau

    Jezebel,
    I guess it doesn’t matter who is in charge. Wasting tax payer money will continue.

  67. 68 ronmoreau

    George,
    “There were 2 LoSchiavo’s hired, by P D, weren’t there?”

    I believe there were 4 LoSchiavos hired by the PD.

  68. 69 1george1

    I believe there were 4 LoSchiavos hired by the PD.

    Non sequitors

    1 – Name them?

    2 – How many people were “3 stooges?”
    Name them?

    3 – How many Marx brothers”
    Name them?

    4 – Without looking them up what are names of 4 states
    which are Common Wealths?

    5 – Without looking them up what are names of 4 states
    which have state capitals which begin with the same letter
    of their state?

    6 – How many actors played James Bond, in released movies?
    Name them?

    7 – What do the above have in common?

  69. 70 sudds

    8 – Who’s on first?

  70. 71 jezebel282

    9 – Third base.

  71. 72 1george1

    I dun know ….. >

  72. 73 jezebel282

    Update:

    Stratford senior police official suspended for cover-up
    Daniel Tepfer
    Updated 11:23 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    STRATFORD — A senior police official accused of trying to cover up the fact that another officer was driving around town in a stolen car has been suspended without pay for 30 days.
    Lt. Gerald Pinto, head of the Police Department’s Special Services Division, agreed to waive any right to appeal and accept the suspension after being found in violation of five Police Department policies, including the filing of incident reports.
    “He mishandled the investigation,” said Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour. “I’m glad the investigation is done and we can now move on.”
    According to the investigative report, in October 2008, a 2005 Lexus sedan was stolen from Lexus of Westport on Kings Highway Cutoff in Fairfield. At the time, the car was valued at $31,000.
    On March 29, 2011, Officer Joseph LoSchiavo Jr. pulled the car over on Bruce Avenue after a check on the license plate revealed the car was stolen. The driver of the stolen car was police Detective William Jennings. The report states that while LoSchiavo was calling in the stop to police dispatchers, Jennings was on the phone telling them LoSchiavo had just pulled him over. Jennings told LoSchiavo the car wasn’t stolen; it was just a mix-up, the report said.
    LoSchiavo apologized to Jennings and let him go on his way.

    Wow! This joke needs a punchline. Oh wait! There is one:

    He told investigators that an error had been made resulting in the car coming up in police computer systems as being stolen and that he had previously told Capt. John Popik, his supervisor at the time, about the problem.
    Popik, however, claimed he didn’t recall Pinto telling him there was a mix-up with the car.
    Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Stratford-senior-police-official-suspended-for-3731791.php#ixzz21dEtcR5b

    Really? ” He never told me. Trust me.”?
    ROTFLMAO!

    And these guys are still law enforcement officers?

  73. 74 1george1

    wow

  74. 75 jezebel282

    George,

    “wow”

    I know! Can you imagine driving around for a couple of years and your boss never asks, “So where’d you get the Lexus?”

  75. 76 1george1

    Some bosses might ask how they could get a LEXUS.

    ANAGRAM IRONY:
    LEX = Latin for LAW
    US = generally accepted acronym for UNITED STATES

    Conbined = LAW of UNITED STATES.

    SADLY, it’s just too appropriate that a US LAW OFFICER who
    allegedly was violating the LAW, can identfy both with LAW
    and immunity / impunity of ….. allegely violating the stated
    purview of LAW …?

  76. 77 jezebel282

    George,

    OK. Well, if that’s the answer I got from a boss, I probably wouldn’t tell him either.

  77. 78 1george1

    You & I have different values than certain people.

    Who needs a shiny LEX U.S. when you can drive a big gas guzzler
    that cost nothing for the vehicle, nothing for insurance, nothing
    for tires, maintenance; mechanical or body repairs; no property tax,
    and you get overpaid & over benefitted for doing nothing, with a
    nice pension for making sure nothing gets done?

  78. 79 jezebel282

    George,

    “Who needs a shiny LEX U.S. when you can drive a big gas guzzler”

    Apparently every Chief/Deputy Chief of Something or a Director of Whatever. Nobody (in the administration) thinks it’s a big deal to have taxpayer funded cars, insurance and gas. After all, why should you have to use your own car to go home when you make the meager salary of a $95,000/year or more plus full benefits?

  79. 80 1george1

    Did I just hear the choir? As in preaching to the choir ….

  80. Anyone keeping track of how much Harkins, Ing and Florek have cost us so sar?

  81. 83 mikereynolds

    I believe this whole thing stems from this event in 2011. It would appear that Jennings was on the wrong side of things.

    http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Stratford-police-investigating-officer-1427994.php


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