Monday, March 07, 2005

Do White Officers give White Officers a FREE PASS, but not Minority Officers?

Police Say Officer Fled, Refused Sobriety Tests, Resisted Arrest After Making An Illegal Turn

March 7, 2005, By PETER MARTEKA, Hartford Courant

CROMWELL(Connecticut) -- A seven-year state police veteran was suspended after he was accused early Sunday morning of engaging police officers in a chase and fighting with officers when he refused to take sobriety tests.

Police said Victor Diaz, 37, of Middletown, was seen making an illegal left turn while exiting a Wendy's restaurant in his private vehicle about 1:54 a.m. As police attempted to pull him over along Route 372, they said Diaz continued to drive recklessly and in excess of the posted 40 mph speed limit.

Diaz pulled over about 2 miles away, along Industrial Park Road. Officers attempted to conduct field sobriety tests on Diaz, but stopped when he became belligerent, police said. Also, police said they found an illegal knife in the vehicle's glove compartment.

Officers attempted to arrest Diaz, and he became "physically resistant" when they tried to put handcuffs on him, police said. He was subdued by three officers. Police attempted a breath test at the station, but were again unable to administer it because of Diaz's belligerence, police said.

Diaz, who lives at 14 Forest Glen, was charged with reckless driving, engaging in pursuit, interfering with a police officer, threatening and driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both. He was released on $5,000 bail with an appearance scheduled for March 15 in Superior Court in Middletown.

Diaz, a Hartford native, has spent much of his career in Colchester and other suburban barracks.

He works out of Troop H in Hartford.

"It's an unfortunate incident," Police Chief Anthony Salvatore said Sunday.

State police spokesman Sgt. J. Paul Vance said Sunday the trooper has been suspended pending an investigation by the internal affairs division. He would not comment on Diaz's record or his career with the state police.

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Are U.S. Courts still racist, but now just a little more slick about it?
(a June 11, 2004, post asking whether an African American man should be thrown in prison for being attacked in his home, with an iron, by a White Woman, that he had a restraining order against. She was on probation, he wasn't. She received virtually no punishment, and the victim went to prison. Was it because he is black and she, white?)


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