Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Informant System sullies cops, creates addicts and criminals

(scroll down for current example)

The Outrage that should have been acted on back in 1997

Past posts that best make this point:

Dear Governor Rowland (Oct. 2, 2003)

A Village: What It Takes

Drug Dealer/House Breaker shoots pig in head, downtown Stafford Springs, Connecticut
Warning: graphic photos

David Mark Tracy, Dead, Victim of Bad Policies in Connecticut

A Nation Rots from its City Centers Outward, A National Disgrace

Real Life Corruption and Abuse goes beyond any Conspiracy Movie

Are U.S. Courts still racist, but now just a little more slick about it?

If Law Enforcement acted as Advertised, street crime and drug use would be vastly reduced.

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Officer Tied To Funds Theft Money Meant For Police Informants
January 12, 2006 By TINA A. BROWN, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

A veteran Hartford police detective is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a fund earmarked to pay confidential informants. The arrest has the potential to spark a wider internal inquiry in the department's narcotics division, as well as to compromise pending criminal cases that the detective investigated, according to departmental sources and criminal attorneys.

Det. Alfred "Nick" Henderson, 36, formerly of the narcotics division, was charged in a warrant Wednesday with one count of first-degree larceny and four counts of forgery after he surrendered at the Hartford Police Department.

Henderson, who worked in the major crimes division at the time of his arrest, grew up in Hartford and has strong family ties here.He was released on $50,000 bail pending a court appearance Jan. 25. After his arrest, police said, Henderson was suspended without pay. He could not be reached for comment.

Henderson, who has been with the department since 1994, was the initial target in an internal probe, said Police Chief Patrick J. Harnett, who said the inquiry is ongoing.

"We are looking into the process of payment for confidential informants," Harnett said.

"We will go where the investigation takes us."

Sources said that Henderson allegedly withdrew up to $6,000 from the "buy account" during a series of withdrawals before the alleged thefts were detected about a week ago by Hartford police supervisors in the narcotics and major crimes divisions. Sources say that Henderson gained authorization from narcotics supervisors to withdraw money from the account because they believed he was using the money for information.

The account is controlled by the narcotics division. It was not known Wednesday how much money was in the account, or whether an audit had been ordered.

Police sources said that Henderson forged the names of other police officers, whose signatures appeared on the paperwork needed to withdraw the money. The documents were also signed by department sergeants and lieutenants, sources said.

One of the cases involving "buy" money collected by Henderson, sources said, resulted in an arrest. Sources say that prosecutors were preparing for the narcotics trial several weeks ago when they learned that an informant had not been paid as much as $1,000 from Henderson, who supposedly had withdrawn the money to pay an informant to buy drugs as part of a criminal investigation.

Several local defense lawyers said Wednesday that allegations against Henderson may impact pending criminal cases in Superior Court in Hartford in which the detective is involved. It has happened before, they said.

For example, attorneys say, when former narcotics supervisor Franco Sanzo and former Det. Nathaniel Ortiz were accused two years ago of planting narcotics evidence and lying to a judge, the prosecutors were quick to resolve pending criminal cases. Ortiz's and Sanzo's cases are pending in Superior Court.

"It helps to dispose of the cases without litigation," said defense attorney William Gerace, who spoke generally about how criminal cases are resolved after allegations of police corruption.

"The prosecutors know what officers are credible and those who are not."

In many of those cases, Gerace said, his clients receive a "better deal."

Cases of police misconduct "compromise the credibility of cases," added defense lawyer Walter Hussey.

"It can't do anything but help us and hurt the prosecutor."

Harnett said he was disappointed that a "respected" detective had been arrested but he was heartened that the case was investigated in a timely manner by the department's internal affairs investigators.

"This investigation reflects the strength of the officers in this department," Harnett said.

Police union lawyer Michael Georgetti declined to comment for this story.

Wednesday's arrest was not the first time that Henderson has faced felony charges. In February 2003, he was arrested in Springfieldafter he was accused of assaulting his former brother-in-law with a flashlight, officials there said.

Sources say that Henderson faced disciplinary action by the Hartford Police Department following that incident, but records describing how the case was disposed of in Massachusetts were unavailable Wednesday.

In December, another Hartford officer, Eric Lautenbach, of Newington, faced charges that he stole money from a Wal-Mart customer while working a private duty job. His case is still pending in Superior Court in Hartford.

A discussion of this story with Courant Staff Writer Tina Brown is scheduled to be shown on New England Cable News each hour today between 9 a.m. and noon.

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