Monday, December 11, 2006

What, police think they are above being watched?

Priests can't police themselves. From what is now being exposed about long running police misconduct of the Connecticut State Police, all police forces nationwide should be looked into. Civilian Oversight of Police and fair courts are needed or elected official and the people they represent get the shaft.

Good police deserve our respect. Let us make it so we can respect them, oversight is needed. The watchers must be watched.

Keene Legislator Proposes Committees For Police Complaints

Police Unions Come Out Against Idea

POSTED: 11:27 am EST December 11, 2006

A Democratic lawmaker who said he wants to establish local oversight over law enforcement is taking some flak from police union officials. Keene Rep. Timothy Robertson is sponsor of a bill to establish citizen committees to hear complaints against police officers. The committees he envisions would have no disciplinary power. He said their main responsibilities would be to make recommendations and facilitate communication between officers and people making complaints. Police unions in Nashua and Concord are against the idea. Mark Dumas, president of the Concord Police Patrolmen's Association, said his union takes offense to the implication that police are unprofessional and in need of supervising. Robertson said he's still working out details of his proposal. He said the committees would meet only if needed.

Click Here for where I found the above on the web

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Journal Inquirer Dec. 11, 2006, Letter to the Editor:

Bad behavior in blue

In response to Kym Soper's stories on the retiring chief of the Connecticut State Police and the probe into Connecticut's State Police Internal Affairs: The reports are rather kind.

A gang member is not always someone that wears a gang insignia, flashes gang signs, or is a traditional criminal. They too often wear blue uniforms and a badge.

Bad behavior has gotten worse. Stockbrokers can't police themselves. Priest(s) can do a horrible job overseeing their own, and police have proven they, too, are not above human nature. We must ensure the police work for us, as they are our employees.

Civilian oversight of police will ensure that they act in the public's best interest, not their own interests for each other.

Steven G. Erickson

Criminal justice woes

Thank you for highlighting the disturbing story of James Calvin Tillman ("Lawlor: 'Wrongful conviction' deserves legislative spotlight," Nov. 29). It is beyond comprehension that someone could spend 18 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, and be exonerated only to find that the state can do nothing to compensate him. That this is true in 21 other states is shameful.

I wonder how many others there are like Tillman. We will never really know the answer to that. DNA is certainly helpful technology, but DNA evidence is rarely available in any given criminal case. Most crimes simply have no DNA evidence to test.

With so much uncertainty and risk out there, no one should be comfortable that our state has a death-penalty statute. The legislature has seen a need to create an Advisory Commission on Wrongful Convictions. State-sponsored killing should not be allowed to proceed when we suspect something is so wrong with our criminal justice system.

Hilary Carpenter
Windsor (Connecticut)
The writer is vice-president of the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty.

©Journal Inquirer 2006

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Some old posts where the links may not work:

March 09, 2004

Free Coffee, Free Food, Almost Free Lodging, having sex with prostitutes, and breaking the laws with little to no consequences

I am talking about some police officers.

At a 24 hours store I worked, police officers would be serviced by prostitutes in the dairy cooler on top of dairy crates to �protect� them, beat minorities in the trash coral away from prying eyes, threaten and intimidate, eat free food, drink free coffee, have women negotiate out of DUIs and tickets with sex (Friday and Saturday nights were called �date� night by police officers), and talking about all the crimes being committed deciding arbitrarily who gets nailed and who doesn�t for their own personal reasons.

Should a police officer pay a $1 a year rent on a house? (Click for more below from the Hartford Courant)


State Reviews Rent Deal
March 9, 2004
By DAVE ALTIMARI, And TRACY GORDON FOX Hartford Courant Staff Writers (

Three state agencies are reopening inquiries into an arrangement that once allowed a state police major to live in a state-owned house in Meriden for as little as $1 a year.

Maj. Gregory Senick, now serving as Public Safety Commissioner Arthur Spada's chief of staff, has been living for the past five years in a 2,000-square-foot house on the property of the former Altobello School in Meriden. His 1999 $1-a-year-rent deal with the Department of Public Works at the time caused prosecutors to begin a criminal inquiry for possible fraud.

But sources said then-Chief State's Attorney John M. Bailey decided in 2001 not to pursue the matter after Spada wrote a letter vouching for Senick and promising that a new lease agreement was in the works.

That same year, public works officials eventually signed off on a new 10-year lease increasing the rent from $1 a year to $150 a month. The agreement required Senick to perform some security-related duties at the property and to begin paying utilities. In the first two years of Senick's occupancy, the state paid nearly $5,000 annually in utilities, records show.

The lease calls for Senick to submit quarterly security reports to the public works department, although none has been filed since the lease was signed in 2001, DPW officials said Monday.

Now the public works department, chief state's attorney's office and state attorney general are scrutinizing the deal anew, officials said Monday.

"Last week I reviewed the file in light of recent developments, and I have some new concerns," Chief State's Attorney Christopher Morano said. "I have asked some inspectors to reopen the case and assess if further investigation is warranted."

Additionally, "we have an open investigation dating from this particular situation that has intensified due to recent reports," Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said.

Because Senick has not been filing the required reports, DPW attorney Anna Ficeto said Monday that Commissioner James Fleming has decided to have department administrators review the arrangement. The lease is unusual, DPW officials said, because it contains no provision for early termination, as most leases do. Department records also show that Senick is the only person who has such an arrangement to lease state property, the officials said.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin B. Sullivan, who has recently been critical of the state police, said he hoped state auditors would also look at the deal.

"How did [Senick] get so lucky?" he asked. "It goes to this kind of clubhouse sense you get more often than not [with the state police administration]. If you're in the club you're in. It's all who you know, I guess."

Spada, who is out of state, could not be reached for comment.

Senick, who earns more than $106,000 annually, said Monday that he had done nothing wrong by renting the house and that he was providing security for the property, which has had problems with trespassing and vandalism.

"I have nothing to hide here," he said.

About five years ago, Senick said, he heard of a state property that would allow someone in law enforcement to live there in exchange for taking care of the place and providing some security.

"I promised to take care of the building. It was run-down. I had to repair and refurbish it," Senick said. "I had to agree to restore the house, which I've done. I took it upon myself to landscape the property, and I've planted dozens of bushes."

Although he failed to write quarterly reports, he said, he met regularly with the public works managers to discuss issues about the property. He said he also filed reports with Troop I in Bethany for about a dozen instances of people trespassing. He gave out summonses in those cases, he said.

The only state agency using the site is the Department of Mental Retardation, which has a group home there.

State statutes require that any time the public works department rents or leases state property to a private individual, it must obtain approval from other state agencies, including the State Property Review Board, the legislature and the municipality where the property is.

But in 1999, Senick signed the original lease in his capacity as a state police officer, which allowed him and the public works department to skirt state statutes on open bidding and notification of other agencies, auditors concluded at the time.

In January 2001, when then-state police Col. John Bardelli found out that Senick had signed the agreement in his official capacity, he wrote to the auditors, indicating Senick did not have the blessing of the state police administration to make such a deal. He found nothing wrong with the terms of the agreement, however.

Later that year, in May, state auditors wrote to Gov. John Rowland that they believed Senick's use of his position as a state trooper to sign the lease might be considered fraud. They recommended an investigation by Blumenthal, who referred the case to Bailey.

Spada praised Senick's work at the house as the second lease was being prepared. He wrote a letter to Bailey noting all of the money that Senick had put into the house himself and saying what an asset the trooper was to the state police.

DPW records show that Senick has put about $6,000 of his own money into renovating the house.

Then-DPW Commissioner Theodore R. Anson also told the governor's office that Senick's presence on the site was "an extra measure of security" and a "tremendous asset to this facility."

Bailey's office closed the case after reviewing the new lease.

Public works officials also asked the State Property Review Board to approve the lease, but records show it took three attempts to get that board to sign off. The board questioned why Senick was offered the lease and no one else. It also wanted the DPW to clearly spell out what the state would be getting in return for security arrangements.

Senick said the property review board's approval was a signal he did nothing wrong.

"This is upsetting to me. The state leasing review board would not have signed off on a contract for me for 10 years if I was doing something wrong here," Senick said. "When I found out they were looking into it [in 2001], I was very upset, and wanted to know the outcome because it was dragging on and on."

The DPW officials who handled the new lease were P.J. Delahunty and Joseph Nestariak, who, like Anson, have left the department in the past year.

Public works officials at the time told the board that it was "DPW procedure not to competitively bid any lease-out of state owned property." The department did, however, add provisions to the lease, calling on Senick to submit the quarterly reports.

The new lease requires Senick to do security checks every morning and night except Sunday and to respond to any emergencies.

In the past seven months, state police went to the site about 100 times, for reasons ranging from patrol checks to arrests for simple trespass, police said.


I had proposed Civilian Oversight of Police to legislators. Politicians notify a police liaison in Connecticut and probably other states when a citizen proposed legislation. I was then threatened by police officers and told to leave the State of Connecticut �or else.�

A woman I was dating allegedly was pulled over coming out of my home in Stafford Springs, CT, and followed, pulled over again, and searched again, and told not to see me, allegedly, by Connecticut State Police Officers. Police Officers should not get even more power to abuse, the Matrix System Police may now use is discussed here.

Don Christmas also proposed Civilian Oversight of Police and complained about police officers in newspapers.
-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)

Past Posts:

Patriot Act Comes Under Attack

Downtown America, why are so many, criminal breeding grounds and pits of despair?

Posted by Vikingas at March 9, 2004 07:15 AM | TrackBack

> In the past seven months, state police went to the site about 100 times, for reasons ranging from patrol checks to arrests for simple trespass, police said.

Do you have to be a police officer, public official, or live in the suburbs to get police service. I was told over and over I did not get police service because I lived downtown in Connecticut, and especially because of my occupation, landlord.

It seems that trespassing, shooting up heroin, dealing drugs, teens drinking, and when I reported a 14 and 16 year old alleged prostitutes/drug dealers flashing cars as they passed, they only came to get a 'peak' and have friendly conversation with the girls as they flirted with them is all acceptable behavior???!!!

Why did hard working home and business owners get harassed by police, not the vandals, prostitutes, drug dealers, house breakers, and common criminal parasites.

Are Police Officers just Armed Revenue Collectors? Enfield CT Police Officers were sent to doors to collect overdue library fines and there is a real crime problem in that town.

Business owners and those just trying to get to and from work have to fear that even more is taken out of their purses and wallets while many criminals get a free pass.

Just ask the woman who tried to give away Free Coffee

Police Officers often promote crime, increase teenage deliquency, drug use, and alcoholism by using Informants

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at March 9, 2004 08:15 AM

The police get freebies along with Gov. Rowland known as "Johnny Freebie"

If the Kerry staff are smart they will expose the Rowland scandal and the Bush association with Rowland just before the election.

Posted by: at March 9, 2004 08:33 AM

Authorities and police can claim they are involved in a drug war, but I know the truth.

I think they do more to TAX the drug delivery system as a business, in fines, getting more and more tax dollars to fight the PROBLEM, and confiscating property, assets, and homes, than any actual law enforcement and criminal correction.

The teens and adults that were not tenants told me if I called police on them, that I could be arrested and get in trouble if I reported them, the criminals and drug dealers.

They were right.

Trying to keep them off of my property, getting sleep, and trying to make a living myself, was hurting THEM, the drug dealers and the police coffers, economically.

Police harassed and threatened me for shining the light on the situation and proposing legislation that would force police to serve downtown property and business owners, and residents that need protection and service.

I was arrested and put in prison with no previous record as I pepper sprayed an alleged police informant that attacked me from behind in my dark driveway. The individual was just one person the Connecticut State Police encouraged to harass me out of town, in my opinion.

Small time drug dealers, vandals, thieves, prostitutes, addicts, and other common criminal parasites are useful to police as informants, in the furthering the aims and bolstering the bank accounts of the politically powerful, silencing political opposition to police and other authorities, and for covering up illegal, immoral, and inefficient behavior of police and other officials.

For exposing illegal behavior and what the police, courts, and officials are really up to, in newspapers, I lost contact with family, my pets, business, home, was put in prison, and kicked out of Connecticut.

Good job guys, you are TRUE Americans.

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at May 7, 2004 08:04 AM

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January 21, 2004

Code Enforcement and Revenue Collection

A Steven G. Erickson Editorial Commentary, (click link below for more)
(Picture from print edition of the Hartford Courant, July 19, 2003, drawn by Jon Krause, it accompanied a letter to the editor, venting about legislation allowing police to conduct illegal searches and punish citizens for complaining about illegal searches.)

Excerpt: An Ellington, Connecticut , gas station owner (later became a gas station and convenience store) told me that she once gave away �free� coffee to customers with a donation cup beside inside the gas station. This was so heinous a CRIME to a passing revenue agent that he/she had to report this BLATANT disregard for our nation�s most sacred laws.

The supplier of the coffee was contacted for the exact amount of coffee that was supplied to solve and figure out the magnitude of the crimes against humanity. It was then determined how many cups of coffee were possibly served, the tax on each that should have been collected, interest, penalties, and fees were then added, and the Revenue Collectors in Connecticut demanded over $5000. She almost went under and was financially devastated.

My friend recently bought a single family house and someone drove over a small tree, over the sidewalk and almost into a telephone pole, and into his chain link fence. He called the police and a report was taken. One of my pet peeves is that such reports when taken are rarely investigated, but are opportunities for towns and cities for revenue collection.

Across the street there is a college and surveillance cameras that are not visible, exist and are fixed in a postion, as we called to find out if the hit and run was caught on tape. The dispatcher for the college police force said the camera was trained on my friend�s house, and then caught himself and asked what time the event may have happened, and then suddenly it was role call and for some reason the �fixed� cameras were pointing somewhere else and no one was on during the time of the accident.

The actual meaning of the reply from police when my friend needed service was, �You mean you expect us to actually work?�

My friend got 2 visits from either a city and/or State Official from code enforcement, seeing how many paid permits must be taken out for the damage. They noticed the damage from having driven by and did not want to miss this �golden� revenue collection opportunity.

If authorities expended as much effort going after frauds, thieves, drug dealers, vandals, and common criminals as they do trying to think of more and more creative ways to fleece honest citizens just trying to get by, there would be much less crime and need for so many law enforcement officers so skilled at giving excuses, not protection and service.

An Ellington, Connecticut , gas station owner (later became a gas station and convenience store) told me that she once gave away �free� coffee to customers with a donation cup beside inside the gas station. This was so heinous a CRIME to a passing revenue agent that he/she had to report this BLATANT disregard for our nation�s most sacred laws.

The supplier of the coffee was contacted for the exact amount of coffee that was supplied to solve and figure out the magnitude of the crimes against humanity. It was then determined how many cups of coffee were possibly served, the tax on each that should have been collected, interest, penalties, and fees were then added, and the Revenue Collectors in Connecticut demanded over $5000. She almost went under and was financially devastated.

That is complete BULLSHIT. That is how hardworking people who invest in small businesses, the American Dream, get discouraged and go out of business. Why should so much effort be expended to get the last cent out of business owners and honest, hardworking citizens? It is about greed and government officials not acting in the best interest of those they SUPPOSEDLY SERVE.

When vandals destroyed my home and vehicles in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, little was done when I named them, caught them in the act, and even when police officers caught vandals, teen drug dealers fighting, drunk, smashing my windows after midnight, or even when a teen drug dealer was caught red handed with drugs and drug use equipment. The building inspector made regular visits to see if there were any new opportunities for fees and fines, as often as he could.

Someone abandoned a car on my property and was throwing furniture and all sort of debris in my backyard when I was off at work. The Connecticut State Police wasted no time in sending me a notice that I would owe a $100/day fine until I cleaned up the mess. The dispatcher refused to send anyone to investigate who was illegally dumping on MY private property.

A woman with a long history of theft and fraud, moved into one of my apartments with her vicious German Shepherd. I called police and they refused to remove her for trespassing saying it was a �civil matter�, which was there answer for any of my complaints and that most other downtown residents made, just an excuse to do nothing as there are few if any law enforcement officers in Connecticut, just �Armed Revenue Collectors.�

The woman called the police and told them I sexually assaulted her, the responding officer told me he was supposed to arrest me even though he did not believe her claim, and she had claimed that before in other places she had moved in without permission, saying if he did arrest me, the charges would stick whether I did anything wrong or not. So for being robbed of rent for months, I could have been labeled and have to register as a SEX OFFENDER going to prison losing everything!

The woman�s German Shepherd bit and drew blood from a man that was walking on my front lawn. I feared losing my property and being sued for a dog that shouldn�t be in my apartments owned by a squatter illegally living off me. The man happened to be a crack cocaine addict, and was soon picked up by the Stafford Springs Crack Shuttle, a mini-van, that made regular trips to Hartford for drugs, so the man never called to report the dog bite.

A retired police officer kept flooding my basement with sewage, letting water run, leaving threatening messages for me demanding a reduction in rent, after having agreed to the rent amount, before he moved into the apartment. I barely escaped criminal charges that involved prison time for being NEGLIGENT for not being able to clean up his unhealthy huge sewage messes fast enough. He called the Heath Department and Sewer Department so often they almost made me replace a perfectly good sewer system, that would have been so expensive I would have lost my property, and they vigorously pursued false charges against me at repeated, lengthy court proceedings.

That attempt to ruin me and run me out of Connecticut failed, authorities were sick of my complaints to legislators and frequent letters to the editor complaining about situations �briefly� touched on in this post.

I sued those that moved in without permission and ripped me off. I rarely won as it seems Connecticut courts prefer illegal, immoral, irresponsible behavior to moral, responsible, tax paying, hard workers. Those that I won suits against, never paid, as small claims judgments or only collectible against those that care about their credit rating, BULLSHIT. Try owing taxes, fees, or fines, and NOT PAY and see how quickly you are FORCED to PAY UP with THREATS of SEVERE PENALTIES.

For years I watched children growing up into worse and worse, career criminal, adult parasites, over and over. Drugs were openly dealt off my front yard all hours, teens would fall down drunk and refuse to leave my property, urinate and worse on my lawn, park cars blocking me in, and discourage paying tenants from staying on my property.

Crack addicts could offer items in my home to patrons of a downtown bar before they had even stolen them from me. I was assaulted a number of times, called a �cop caller�. A teen drug dealer pulled a gun on me and chased me inside my home, a teen was setting off bombs and incendiaries near tenant children, and countless criminal acts that the Connecticut State Police refused to even investigate even when I named names and turned in license plate numbers.

I faced arrest as I was late sending in my dog license fee, but then paid the $8, was sent a $146,000 demand notice from the Connecticut Revenue Department due in 30 days, and after arguing with the agent who had sent the letter �fishing�, and I both decided the amount I owed was ZERO!

After exposing illegal, immoral practices of police and authorities, watching countless criminals openly commit crimes, over and over, for years, MY MOUTH GOT TOO BIG, and police officers openly threatened and harassed me, telling me to get out of Connecticut.

Police allegedly were bragging �Big Mouth� was going to be run out of town and taught a lesson. And, THEN AFTER, I was attacked from behind on my own property during a robbery attempt by an alleged police informant that police officers had allegedly encouraged to harass, threaten, and attack me.

For this offense of having to defend myself as I could not escape to the safety of the inside of my home, feared for my life, and used pepper spray to end the beating I was taking, I went to prison, sentenced to a year in prison, 3 years probation with the strictest conditions, and police refused to even arrest my assailant, THE CRIMINAL. My arresting officers were willing to commit perjury to get me convicted, put in prison, and then kicked out of Connecticut.

At least from my point of view, the authorities care little to none about honest hard working citizens, justice, the US Constitution, moral behavior, criminal correction, but do care greatly about getting as much as they can out of YOUR purse or wallet.

-Steven G. Erickson

A typical downtown, Connecticut

A Death attributed to Connecticut Policies

What is prison really like?

Posted by Vikingas at January 21, 2004 09:10 AM | TrackBack

Responsible, working Americans, getting a fair shake and a piece of the pie through hard work and smart investing:

The Gap between Rich and Poor might be reduced by offering more affordable rental options and promoting the economy through local communities, promoting small business and individual rights, and autonomy.

Or at least that is the way it should be in America ...

Posted by: at January 21, 2004 09:05 PM

The Benefits Of Being In The Club
January 22, 2004

Remember the old "If a tree falls in the forest ..." conundrum? Here's another:

If a cop embezzles money, and no one but other cops sees it, is it really a crime?

Not in the case of Philip Laffin, the former president of the Hartford Patrolman's Benevolent Association.

Laffin used the PBA credit card as an extension of his own finances to the tune of $30,000. A trip to Florida. Installation of cable TV. A Jimmy Buffett concert.

But before Attorney General Richard Blumenthal filed a lawsuit against him Tuesday, fellow association members - cops otherwise charged with upholding the law - let him quietly repay the money and retire.Consider it a benefit of club membership.

Right now, it looks as though the association was unaware of Laffin's fishy finances as they were happening. Not surprising, as the organization had failed to file annual financial statements to the state Department of Consumer Protection's public charities unit. That, in fact, was how the attorney general got onto the case.

But they better hope that they were truly in the dark, because Blumenthal plans to hold them accountable if his investigation proves otherwise.

One thing doesn't need further investigation: Even if, as they say, association officials didn't discover the diversion until after the fact, they clearly took care of one of their own. Why else allow someone who used funds meant to help officers in need for such personal indulgences as Jimmy Buffett tickets to pay up and slither away?

The interim police chief, Mark R. Pawlina, responded to Blumenthal's announcement with the proper outrage Tuesday. But back when all this was fresh, there was no criminal investigation. He paid up, the commander of the major crimes division said at the time. No harm, no foul.

The association members had their own justifications for not pursuing the thief among them: no one had complained. They certainly hadn't. And neither had any donors.

And unfortunately even those who have benefited from the association's kindness seem OK with how it all played out.

Three years ago the PBA paid for a wheelchair van to bring Helen Bergeron's husband Gene, a former Hartford police officer, home from the hospital for Christmas. She thinks what Laffin did was wrong. But, he did repay the money, she said. And the embarrassment from being found out was punishment enough.

"Considering the way things are playing out for Johnny G, it's even-steven," she said.

For all of you who have written to tell me that I've become obsessed with the governor, I plead innocent this time. Bergeron brought up the credibility-challenged governor.

But it's fitting, because the governor belonged to a club himself. One whose members didn't see what there was to gain by pointing out his acquisitive tendencies - until they suddenly realized there was less to gain by remaining silent.

And it was all there to see: The surplus army gear, the cut-rate vacations,the concert tickets - including, coincidentally, a Jimmy Buffett concert. Boys, is being a Parrothead really worth it?

Just like the governor's fraternity, members of Laffin's club seemed oblivious to his misdeeds. First rule of the clubhouse is that you take care of your own.

The same day the story about Laffin quietly repaying the money he stole ran in The Courant, a secretary was in a New Britain courthouse for embezzling $100,000 from her employer. She wasn't as lucky as Laffin. She got five years in prison for using a company credit card to live beyond her means.

Obviously, she belonged to the wrong club.

Helen Ubi�as' column runs Thursdays and Sundays. She can be reached at

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Maybe less that 1% of cop thefts, rapes, and other crimes ever get reported, nevermind punished. The brotherhood protects its faternal members.

Posted by: at January 22, 2004 01:37 PM

I've been reading some of your articles and I think you are the voice that I need. I always been a working women I've never had the problems that i'm facing today. I am being discriminated and my name is being slandered by Middletown Housing Authority. For the last year I been looking for help in Middletown through different agencies. I lost my last job because of my vision impairment, I'm Blind in my left eye and losing my vision im my right eye. I'v been struggling to get help for me and my 5 year old son all the doors have been close to me. How do you seek help from agencies that don't understand your situation. My mother try to have me live with her twice through Section 8, I was denied help for me and my son. They gave my Mother a ultimatium. I agreeded to give my mother temporary custody of my son so Jonathan won't be in the streets.

Posted by: Melissa Valentin at May 18, 2004 02:28 PM

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February 21, 2004

Do you have to be White and Male to be inside the Connecticut Police Hierarchy?

This situation should not be overlooked. -Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)

(Click link below for more)

Spada speaks candidly about conflict with worker

(Hartford-WTNH, Feb. 11, 2003 6:20 PM) _ He's been criticized for not tending to the needs of female police officers and today Public Safety Commissioner Arthur Spada may have added more fuel to the fire.

During his confirmation hearing Spada spoke candidly about his personality conflict with a former staff member.

Commissioner Arthur Spada is a former Superior Court Judge and is very highly regarded but after 2-and-a-half years as head of the state police, his handling of at least one matter concerning a high ranking woman placed him on the hot seat during his reconfirmation hearing.

"Whether they be male or woman, everybody has to hit the golf ball from the blue tees," says Commissioner Spada.

When Commissioner Spada made that remark he apparently was not anticipating that the first question from Committee Chair Donald Williams would be about the demotion of Lt. Col. Marjorie Kolpa, one of the highest ranking women ever in the state police.

"Is it your testimony today, that Marjorie Kolpa couldn't hit the golf ball from the blue tees?"
"It was not...uh. It, of course. I reached her in the mid summer of her career," says Spada.

When Spada regained his composure he admitted that he never got along with Kolpa, who took retirement in December and was today actually playing golf in Florida.

"Comes nose to nose to me and says, 'I don't work for you." Not a very nice thing to say. Number two; when I come on board, doesn't speak to me for seven months," says Spada.

But Spada's most condeming remark was concerning Kolpa's allegation that in addition to her demotion, she lost her plush office in Middletown and was placed in a less than plush one in Meriden.

"That story is a canard, it's a bold, audacious prevariation. It's a lie!" says Spada.
Although none spoke, several female state troopers were watching as the head of Connecticut N.O.W. testified that it was the Kolpa story that caught the group's attention.

Beverly Brakeman says,"Our research indicated a serious lack of such efforts being made by DPS to ensure that women, both sworn and civilian, are given equal opportunitities and access to advancement and leadership positions."

Connecticut State Police Master Sgt. Susan Kumro says,"There's several females on this job that were afraid to come today because they're afraid they'd be the target of harrassment."

This piece was found on the web, (here)


The picture is of Arthur L. Spada, Commissioner of Department of Public Safety, Connecticut State Police


If the head of the Connecticut State Police and other high ranking officials can allegedly abuse women�s and minorities rights within their own ranks, how badly are they abusing the general public? Well maybe bad enough that citizens are leaving Connecticut in droves.
-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)

More on Arthur L. Spada:

Overpaid, overbearing, and all over (Feb. 12, 2004)

Jailing the innocent (Feb. 10, 2004)

Are Cops screwing the Homeland Security Fund for overtime not worked? (Feb. 5, 2004)

The Prison System is a Business (Jan. 25, 2004)

The number one post that comes up when the words, �Arthur L. Spada� is placed in a yahoo search engine (here)


Editorial found on
(added 1:25 PM EST, Feb. 21, 2004)

Arthur Spada, Another FOJ
February 19, 2004

Arthur Spada should resign his position as the state's public safety commissioner. It has become clear that his performance in office has not met the high standards expected of his position.

Mr. Spada looks foolish in defending excessive overtime costs rung up by his personal, taxpayer-supported driver, state police Sgt. Richard Alexandre. The commissioner looks incompetent in claiming that he was unaware that Homeland Security Director Vincent DeRosa, who reports to him, has for years violated department policy by having an interest in a used-car dealership.

And Mr. Spada looked weak in admitting to lawmakers last week that he was muscled by Gov. John G. Rowland to hire Mr. DeRosa as homeland security czar in the first place, even though Mr. DeRosa had no special qualifications for the job. Mr. DeRosa had been the governor's pal and driver.

The commissioner showed no respect for taxpayer money when he basically allowed Mr. DeRosa, who will collect a $70,000-a-year pension, to set the terms of his departure. The homeland security chief will leave on his own on March 1. Mr. Spada should have bounced him the second he found out about Mr. DeRosa's violation of state police policy. Moreover, why should Mr. DeRosa get any pension credit for the years during which he broke his employer's code of conduct?

And it goes without saying that Mr. Spada should have been alert enough to discover Mr. DeRosa's used-car moonlighting far earlier than he did.

Mr. Spada has prided himself on being a hands-on commissioner. Instead, he has been just the opposite. Further, it's clear that he developed an unbecoming appetite for costly perks. Over the past two years, his driver, Mr. Alexandre, made $21,000 in overtime, driving Mr. Spada to personal appointments as well as work-related functions in the commissioner's official black Crown Victoria.

Mr. Alexandre is among many state troopers whose earnings top $100,000 per year when overtime pay for working extra shifts and controlling traffic at highway construction jobs is added to their regular salary. The state police overtime situation is out of control.

State law permits public safety commissioners to have a driver. Mr. Spada says he has routinely cleared his use of a driver with his legal staff. He must have an excessively lenient staff. How else could it justify some of the overtime?

Here are examples from overtime records and Mr. Spada's calendar obtained by The Courant through a Freedom of Information Act request:

Mr. Alexandre drove the commissioner from Hartford to Bloomfield at 6:30 a.m. to appear on WDRC's Brad Davis radio show 11 times in 2002 and nine times in 2003, and was compensated for two hours of overtime for each trip. Mr. Spada said he needed the security because a public official was assaulted near the radio station several years ago. Couldn't the commissioner have called the Brad Davis show from home?

Mr. Spada and his driver were both invited to a wedding of a child of a state trooper in December 2002. Mr. Alexandre drove, and logged 16 hours of overtime for the event.

In addition, Mr. Alexandre drove the commissioner to at least one gubernatorial debate, another wedding, a couple of celebrity roasts, a UConn football game and several private dinners, racking up Spada-generated overtime.

Predictably, Mr. Rowland's office has come to his defense. "Commissioner Spada is meticulous about how he uses his state vehicle and how he uses his assistant," says gubernatorial chief of staff Dean Pagani.

Meticulous? Far from it. The commissioner, a former Superior Court judge, should know better about the appearance of excess and the requirements of ethics codes. Instead, he seems to share that sense of entitlement that has gotten Mr. Rowland and his friends and political cronies in trouble and has cast a pall over state government.

Mr. Spada has damaged his credibility beyond repair and should have the good sense to bid his chauffeur and job farewell.


Good Policing or Privacy Invasion?
Spada's comments on 'MATRIX' heighten CCLU's concern

This piece found on the web, (here)

Kellie A. Wagner
The Connecticut Law Tribune

Local civil rights advocates are increasingly anxious over a new multistate law enforcement information-sharing initiative. And it's not just due to visions of Keanu Reeves battling world-dominating computers inspired by the program's name: the Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange, or MATRIX, for short.

Connecticut Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Teresa Younger last week said her organization was alarmed by state Department of Public Safety Commissioner Arthur Spada's remarks in a December letter to state troopers promising: "The Matrix ... will disgorge a subject's every financial, economic, residence and spending profile. Aldous Huxley's 1983 has arrived," Spada declared in the one-paragraph description of the program in his "Commissioner's Perspective" on law enforcement efforts in 2003.

Huxley's "Brave New World," published in 1932, is a bitterly satiric depiction of a society controlled by technology, in which art and religion are abolished and human beings reproduce by artificial fertilization. It is often compared with George Orwell's "1984."

Younger said she is concerned about Spada's comments, especially because the CCLU is still waiting to hear from him regarding a state Freedom of Information request it filed in October, seeking specifics about the program -- such as what information can be obtained by law enforcement officials, who will have access to it, what will happen to the information once it is used and how much the program will eventually cost the state.

"Are they creating this massive database on residents in Connecticut just because?" Younger asked. "The fact that he [Spada] has announced [the MATRIX program] without giving us the information we requested concerns me," she added. "I am even more frustrated to hear that he [Spada] would use the kind of language [in his letter] that would only elicit more fear."

Reached last week, Spada said he was surprised by the reaction to the off-the-cuff remarks in his letter. (He conceded that he didn't even get his reference right. It should have been to Orwell's "1984," he said.)

Spada said the MATRIX program is up and running, but added that he was uncertain if his staff had utilized it yet. His office, Spada noted, will evaluate whether to keep using the program past March, when federal funding for it runs out.

Even he seems taken back by the government's snooping abilities. "I don't see where you can hide," Spada said of the program. "I am shocked when I am informed that [law enforcement] knows about your investments, [specifics] of your residence and how you are spending your money and on what. It is amazing the information that is out there."

Spada said he has had a brief telephone conversation with Younger, and the group's FOI request is being considered.

The MATRIX program is an effort by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to build or improve information-sharing programs to prevent terrorist attacks and improve police work -- a process that trades stronger vigilance for complaints of information overload. Eight states now participate in a federally-funded effort: Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Utah.

Although most of the initiatives are still in the early stages, they mark a dramatic expansion of law enforcement technology and a shift away from the turf wars that have prevented such efforts in the past, say many law enforcement officials.

"Prior to 9-11, there was a void in intelligence outside the federal arena," said Maj. John Buturla, deputy director of Homeland Security for the Connecticut State Police.

A widespread demand for more law enforcement intelligence began immediately after the 9-11 attacks of 2001 and was the main focus of the 2002 meeting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. From that meeting, and the yearlong work of a committee of federal, state and local officials, emerged the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan, released in October, which outlines 28 technical and policy recommendations to create a national criminal intelligence network.

At the same time, various programs have sprouted to give non-federal investigators more access to sensitive, but unclassified, information about potential terrorists and criminals. Technological advances are also increasing police intelligence by allowing faster access to information in other regions of the country.

"We're in the beginning stages of an information-exchange future," said Gerard P. Lynch, executive director of the Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN), with headquarters in Newtown, Pa. The organization is one of six existing Regional Information Sharing Systems begun in 1974 to help states fight crime across borders.

In September 2002, those regional networks were linked to the FBI's Law Enforcement Online system, an electronic environment where users can exchange information via ListServes, chat rooms and e-mail.

The National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS), a nonprofit owned and governed by the states since 1966, also has a link to the FBI's network. But it is moving to a more web-friendly interface so that users can search for information with an Internet browser and wireless technologies. The system gives police access to motor vehicle and drivers data, INS databases and state criminal history records. More than 34 million messages are transacted each month.

In November, Wisconsin and Kentucky became the first two states to issue criminal histories to NLETS in the new format, and Florida, Maine and Texas have similar projects underway. Several other regional and statewide programs also have begun recently. For example, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York are piloting an information exchange that would give access to federal and state court records, as well as child and human services and motor vehicle agencies, among others.

But all of the information available to law enforcement is not always necessary, said Terry Treschuk, police chief in Rockville, Md., just outside the nation's capitol. The point of local and municipal police departments is primarily to take care of every day needs.

"It's an awful lot of information, and you just have to cull ... through it," Treschuk said.

Most police departments have fewer than 24 officers and cannot devote personnel to monitoring all of the information, according to the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

"Any information overload is a product of our needs in a post-9-11 world," said Connecticut's Buturla. "The information can be cumbersome, but it's better than before 9-11."

To help smaller departments, the Pennsylvania State Police has opened an around-the-clock information gathering and analysis center to filter and disseminate relevant intelligence.

Despite the flurry of new initiatives and the release of a national plan, law enforcement has not yet created a central intelligence framework.

"The ideal is a network of databases," said Lynch of the Regional Information Sharing Systems network.

But the increased focus on information-sharing is a signal that different levels of law enforcement are working together better than in the past, officials said.

Then, federal agencies such as the FBI were reluctant to share information with state and local law enforcement, said Thomas R. Rekus, a former FBI special agent who is now a liaison to local law enforcement for the federal Intelink Management Office.

"There are absolutely cultural differences," he said. "Those are not necessarily a bad thing, unless they get in the way of working together."

"I'm seeing a willingness by most groups to share their toys and play nicely in the sand box," Rekus said, echoing remarks by former FBI Director Louis Freeh.

Treschuk also said that attitudes had improved.

"There's always been a little bit of a schism because of the different focus," Treschuk said. "But there's been a vast improvement."

Eric Keldeman of contributed to this article.


The Story of Never Ending Sleaze

Posted by Vikingas at February 21, 2004 01:11 PM | TrackBack

There is nothing new, just more people talking in a different way.

Posted by: at April 20, 2004 07:30 PM

There is nothing new, just more people talking in a different way.

Posted by: at April 20, 2004 07:32 PM

Eat shit coppers

Posted by: Eat Shit Coppers at April 21, 2004 02:30 PM

Another asshole judge: - Atlanta, GA. News

Judge Accused Of Abusive Behavior Removed From Bench
POSTED: 12:17 p.m. EDT May 15, 2004
Dawson --

A municipal court judge accused of giving excessively harsh penalties and displaying abusive behavior on the bench has been fired.

The Dawson City Council voted Thursday to remove Judge Henry E. Williams after hearing complaints by the Terrell County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Americus-based Prison and Jail Project.

Both groups claimed Williams unfairly cited some defendants for contempt and fined them more than the $200 maximum the city ordinance allows. They have protested outside his courtroom and collected 300 signatures from Dawson residents who wanted the judge gone.

John Cole Vodicka, president of the Prison and Jail Project, called Williams' court a "chamber of horrors" and said he was "rude, bullying and mean-spirited."

City Attorney Tommy Coleman also warned the council that the city may lose its liability insurance if it retained the judge.

Williams, who had served in his position since June 2002 and previously from 1992-1996, did not attend Thursday's closed session, but Mayor Robert Albritten defended him, saying Williams was an effective judge but just needed more diplomacy.

"Procedure-wise the court is a lot better," Albritten said. "You can find good doctors with bad people skills."

After the 5-1 vote, councilman J.S. Ward said testimony by Williams' critics left him no choice but to vote in favor of his ouster.

"With the information I heard tonight, it was too much to keep him in," Ward said. "It sounds like he didn't know his job, he didn't know the law."

Another service from
Citizens for Legal Responsibility
P.O. Box 232
Morton Grove, IL 60053-0232

Posted by: at May 23, 2004 12:24 AM

NYC Judge Ordered to Stand Trial on Bribery Charges
By Tom Hays
Associated Press Writer, Apr 29, 2004

NEW YORK (AP) - A judge upheld bribery charges Thursday against a fellow judge accused of taking cash and gifts from a divorce lawyer, but threw out several lesser counts of official misconduct.

Most of the dismissed counts alleged that state Supreme Court Justice Gerald Garson broke the law by accepting thousands of dollars to refer case to the lawyer, Paul Siminovsky. Queens Administrative Judge Steven Fisher agreed with the defense that prosecutors had erred in applying rules of judicial conduct to those counts. The rules "were never meant to be used for that purpose," he wrote.

The remaining counts allege that Garson took cash, meals and gifts, including a box of cigars, from Siminovsky in exchange for lucrative legal guardianships and other favors. The Brooklyn judge has pleaded innocent.

Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes said he will appeal the dismissals but was pleased that the major charges were upheld. Defense attorney Ronald Fischetti said he was "thrilled" with Fisher's decision.

Also Thursday, Fisher rejected a defense request to suppress surveillance videotapes shot with a camera planted in Garson's chambers. Some of the tapes allegedly show the judge accepting the cigars and cash from Siminovsky during a sting operation; the lawyer had agreed to cooperate after his own arrest.

Garson, 70, was ordered to return to court for a June 1 hearing. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.

This story can be found at:

Another service from
Citizens for Legal Responsibility
P.O. Box 232
Morton Grove, IL 60053-0232

Posted by: at May 23, 2004 12:27 AM

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February 05, 2004

Are Cops screwing the Homeland Security Fund for overtime not worked?

I, myself, would NEVER accuse cops of not working for their pay, screwing the public, lying, and ripping off tax dollars, and yes, monkeys can fly.
-Steven G. Erickson Disclaimer: I'm talking about cops not answerable to the public, mainly in Connecticut.

(click link below for more from the Associated Press)


Spada Report Backs DeRosa Agency Provides Overtime Figures

February 5, 2004
By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press, Hartford Courant, (

A day after state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin Sullivan accused Homeland Security Director Vincent DeRosa of spending federal money on no-show overtime for his friends, the department released figures to rebut that allegation.

Homeland security officials spent $47,683 in the last fiscal year on federally reimbursed overtime, according to the data released Tuesday. That was used for round-the-clock security at the state emergency operation center at the beginning of the war in Iraq.

Other than that assignment, officials said, homeland security officers billed the state for about $100 worth of overtime.

"We don't make accusations and then go search for the facts," Public Safety Commissioner Arthur Spada said. "We find the facts first. You don't say someone has misappropriated funds, then call for an audit to back it up."

DeRosa announced Tuesday that he would retire March 1, three months earlier than expected. Spada ordered him either to step down or divest his interest in a used car dealership. DeRosa's involvement in the business violated state conflict of interest laws.

Sullivan was extremely critical of DeRosa, calling the 20-year state police veteran a threat to homeland security who could not be trusted. He called for a state audit of the department, saying he had information alleging misappropriation of funds.

At the opening of the legislative session Tuesday, Spada handed Sullivan an envelope containing financial summaries from the homeland security division.

"This data comes from our quarterly reports to the federal government," Spada said. "We have an accountant that oversees every cent."

Sullivan did not accept it. "That's not what we have independent auditors for," he said.

Spada's data were incomplete. They covered only last year, while Sullivan's audit request calls for a review of several years of data. But Spada said that will not matter. He said the department meets federal bookkeeping standards that will hold up to scrutiny.

"The commissioner needs to chill before making this a story about him," Sullivan said. "I'll take whatever the auditors say. Let's see what they come back with."

More on Arthur L. Spada, head D.P.S. Connecticut State Police

3 Stooges (National) Security Service (pre 9-11)

Spada has been accused of demoting the highest ranking policewoman, allegedly so he would not have a woman of high rank working in his office. NOW was involved in complaining about the demotion.

Posted by Vikingas at February 5, 2004 09:30 PM | TrackBack

Email sent to:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Subject: Videotape for Juries Unconstitutional causing unjust convictions

To Whom It May Concern:

I was mugged on my own property. Police came arrested me and refused to interview witnesses, nor to arrest my assailant at the time I was injured during the assault and attempted robbery.

I was later determined to be the victim when I finally got police to do an investigation.

I had no record and the prosecutor refused to drop my charges, would not offer me first time offender status even though I was eligible, guilty or not.

I ended up going to prison. My Story

Juries shown a videotape, reportedly skewed and Unconstitutional

�Drug Dealer/House Breaker shoots pig in head, downtown Stafford Springs, Connecticut� includes pictures (graphic)

Don Christmas also complained about police in newspapers and also proposed Civilian Oversight of police. He was arrested, also for being attacked on his property, and police have allegedly been harassing and threatening him, tried to take his computer, and got him fired from his used car salesman job in Enfield, Connecticut. His Story

Steven G. Erickson
PO box 730
Enfield, CT 06083-0730

P.S. Police and the courts should punish those harming society, not those working and acting in a beneficial way for all where they live. Tax dollars were used to break my family, make me lose my home, and all I ever worked for. I am no longer a consumer/taxpayer, Connecticut�s and society�s loss.

How much did it cost to prosecute, investigate, and imprison me? Were tax dollars well spent?

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at February 6, 2004 12:01 AM

A police officer, though scheduled for all-night duty at the station, was relieved of duty early and arrived home four hours ahead of schedule, at 2 in the morning. Not wanting to wake his wife, he undressed in the dark, crept into the bedroom and started to climb into bed. Just then, his wife sleepily sat up and said, "Mike, dearest, would you go down to the all-night drug store on the next block and get me some aspirin? I've got a splitting headache."
"Certainly, honey," he said, and feeling his way across the dark room, he got dressed and walked over to the drug store.

As he arrived, the pharmacist looked up in surprise, "Say," said the druggist, "I know you - aren't you a policeman? Officer Fenwick, right?"

"Yeah, so?" said the officer.

"Well what the heck are you doing all dressed up like the Fire Chief?"

Posted by: at February 6, 2004 01:04 PM

Prosecutors take bribes, so what else is new?

Woman wants money from attempted bribe

By Heather Nann Collins, Journal Inquirer March 25, 2004
Six years ago Tolland resident Rebecca Mes-sier met the bagman for a crooked prosecutor in a Denny's restaurant parking lot and slipped him a bag of cash.

The $8,500 was a bribe -- the man was to give the money to the prosecutor, who was to argue for the early release from prison of Messier's husband, convicted child molester Joseph C. Messier.

But, as both Messiers would soon learn, the prosecutor wasn't on the take, and the bagman was an undercover investigator with the chief state's attorney.

In December 1998 Joseph C. Messier, 64, pleaded guilty to bribery and received four years in prison.

But Rebecca Messier, who also was charged with bribery, was granted accelerated rehabilitation.

She didn't have to admit guilt, and the charges were eventually erased from her record.

Now Rebecca Messier wants the state to return her money from the failed bribe.

The request -- a motion filed by her lawyer, James Armentano -- drew snickers from lawyers and courtroom observers Wednesday in Hartford Superior Court.

"You want the money back?" a disbelieving Judge Elliot N. Solomon said.

Armentano said there is "a real basis" for the return of the money, because there was a renunciation of the bribery act by Rebecca Messier.

In criminal law, renunciation occurs when a person voluntarily and completely abandons his intent to commit a crime, before the crime occurs.

According to transcripts of the recorded conversation between the undercover investigator and Rebecca Messier in the Wethersfield Denny's parking lot, Messier said she was nervous and scared.

"I can't go through with it," Messier said, "I want my money back."

The undercover investigator asked her: "What's Joe going to say to you?"

"Don't know," Messier replied, "but you're scaring me."

Messier recovered from her frayed nerves, and left the man with the money.

After the couple was charged, the state kept the money as evidence.

Assistant State's Attorney Jeff Lee told Solomon that the cash -- "the fruit of the crime" -- was found in December in a safe at the chief state's attorney's office in Rocky Hill during an accounting of evidence.

The state sent the Messiers -- Joseph Messier served less than six years in prison for molesting two children, and the bribery sentence ran concurrently with that sentence -- a notice to their home at 389 Crystal Lake Road in Tolland that it was seeking a court order of forfeiture of the money.

Noting that Messier's delivery of the money would make a renunciation defense difficult, Solomon nevertheless agreed to hear arguments on the motion next month.

Still, he cautioned Messier and Armentano: "I wouldn't bring a bankbook with you. I don't think you're going to be bringing it back."

piece found here.

Posted by: at March 26, 2004 06:40 PM

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December 04, 2003

Arthur L. Spada

Arthur L. Spada is head of the DPS, Connecticut State Police, maybe the most powerful person in Connecticut possibly having more clout than Governor Rowland himself.

What happens when you piss off those that think they are GODS?


I believe Arthur L. Spada, allegedly a former judge, got word to Judge Jonathan Kaplan to sentence me to the maximum possible, a year in prison, for having �overreacted� defending myself against an attempted robber when I was pummeled from behind as my live was threatened if I did not give up my wallet.

I had allegedly got Spada�s attention by writing in newspapers claiming Connecticut State Police were not doing their jobs involving drugs, downtown crime, and had bias about protection and service for downtown residents, especially small business owners and property investors. As throughout history the rich well connected do not apply to this trend.

After seeing 2 frauds that had been living their entire lives as criminal parasites, selling drugs, family heirlooms and prescription drugs stolen from the unsuspecting elderly, involved with prostitution, getting youngsters hooked on drugs and profiting on crime driving a Volvo and BMW after having lived off of me for free refusing to pay the small claims award I won against them when I finally evicted them.

James C. Hogancamp and Vicky Tarmaro were allegedly living high off the hog from a personal injury settlement, I decided to write President Bush a letter, not expecting that he read it. I tagged it with issues, so it was passed through the SBA and HUD. Lana Thompson and Eric Wilkins have a history of moving in under false pretenses, wrecking apartments, and costing taxpayers and property investors possibly 100�s of thousands of dollars as she, also has a long list of her victims.

Ken and Robin Pelc openly sold powdered cocaine, crack, heroine, and marijuana out of their apartment while not paying rent, causing good tenants grief, and causing me thousands and thousands dollars in lost rent and damages. Police officers and the Rockville prosecutor also refused to arrest and prosecute the Pelcs, telling me that Officer Prochaska�s statement to me, �I (police) do not serve landlords and neither do the courts."

I wrote the letter to Bush 9-15-01, as I was not having any luck with police doing anything about the teens drinking, fighting, wrecking my property, and selling drugs all hours upsetting my paying tenants making them move out. I wrote how the bias in the judicial system and at the hands of law enforcement hurt the quality of life for all downtown residents, promoted drugs, crime, made downtowns criminal breeding grounds, contributed to the delinquency of minors and hurt those that invest in America, downtown business owners and property investors.

I wrote 2 letters that mirrored what I reported in Bush letter. I had suggested that �Civilian Oversight� of police with quality control questionnaires going out to those needing police protection and service. Former Representative Mordasky�s aid, Rose Marie, told me I should leave Connecticut as soon as possible and sell my properties as she told me that Connecticut State Police officers were ripping mad at my activities, about what I had written in newspapers and the laws I had proposed.

I had also proposed the laws to State Senator, Anthony Guglielmo. I had also given those politicians and 2 landlord groups, Judge Jonathan Kaplan�s name as I perceived him biased against property investors, contractors, and the self-employed in general. I requested over and over that Judge Jonathan Kaplan be fired for bias and not acting Constitutionally regarding a particular groups civil rights.

I believe Arthur L. Spada was probably aware of my activities as I had contacted Governor Rowland�s staff a number of times complaining about the crime in downtown Stafford Springs, Connecticut, the lack of protection and service and about the rude behavior of officers as I had been told to leave Connecticut �or else� for being a BIGMOUTH.

Carol Amino of Governor Rowland�s staff told me that all matters involving the Connecticut State Police reported to the Governor�s office are sent directly to Arthur L. Spada. Ms Amino asked me why did I not leave the state of Connecticut when police officers were angry with me and wanted me to leave the state in a conversation I had with her February 21, 2003. She said the Connecticut State Police thought I was a complete pain in the ass, already, and did I want to press my luck?

10-11-01, I was attacked on my property during the robbery attempt. My assailant had told tenants he was going to kill me when I got home that day and had left a voicemail telling me he was going to have to �hurt� me when I got home.

This was just weeks after I had written the most inflammatory letters to the editor, a letter to Bush, and had most persistent to legislators that something be done about the drug dealing and crime going on off my property almost 24 hours a day with police just driving by pulling over motorists to collect fines.

I believe Judge Jonathan Kaplan, the Rockville court prosecutor, Connecticut State Police Officers acted in collusion to railroad me to prison, out of my property, away from family/friends, and so financially ruin me to shut me up, ejecting me out of Connecticut.

It was known to all that attempted strong arm robbery and terrorizing a citizen are very serious criminal offenses. All this was overlooked, as Brian Caldwell, a long time, violent, drug using, alcoholic allegedly a police informant could commit crimes, pass out drunk in public, urinate in public and little or nothing was done over years and years.

Brian Caldwell had even screamed outside my, �I am going to cut your dick off, asshole, if I ever catch you outside!� while banging on my door after midnight disturbing my tenants and neighbors. I started carrying pepper spray as I wanted to keep that part of my anatomy. Brian Caldwell chased me into my office Oct 18, 2001, almost assaulting me a 2nd time.

The first time Oct 11, only I was arrested. He then just weeks later grabbed me from behind, obviously drunk, carrying a partial 18 pack of Budweiser into the Arizona Restaurant told me he was going to beat the shit out of me.

The cook came to my aid and threw Brian Caldwell and then Brian Caldwell swore and threatened me some more spitting on the glass of the door of the restaurant. Police waited about 2 hours so there would no longer be any witnesses and refused to arrest Brian Caldwell for terrorizing and stalking me after he initially hid in my bushes in the dark and jumped me from behind.

Judge Jonathan Kaplan told me I was guilty and going to prison before the trial. Judge Kaplan was very calm and collected all through the trial almost lulled to sleep. I could see how things were going and could see that Attorney Michael H. Agranoff was scolded every time he did the smallest amount of actually defending me and seemed to be more of an aid to the prosecution and seemed to be part of the railroad job going on.

A day BEFORE sentencing, I emailed Arthur L. Spada, and mailed a copy to the US. Department of Justice asking Arthur L. Spada to remove the �Community Policing, COPS� webpage from the Connecticut State Police website stating that I believed the policies were not being observed.

At the morning of sentencing, Judge Jonathan Kaplan seemed beside himself, was red with anger, and launched into many tirades and juvenile rants on how the prosecutor and courts can do what they want and rubbed it in that my assailant wasn�t even arrested sentencing me to one year in prison, 3 years probation, drug and alcohol classes, anger management, weekly psychological appointments, hefty fines, restitution to my attacker for his inconvenience of being pepper sprayed, and the strictest condition possible.

I have no history of drug use, nor alcohol abuse. I had no previous record and the 2 misdemeanor charges that I went to trial for were usually do not end up in prison time for individuals that have been in trouble before and even if they are on probation! For some reason I was blocked from getting the $100 program for 1st time offenders that would have allowed me to keep my flawless record in a short period of time without supervision and would have allowed me to keep my $500,000 in property, that I had finally started making a profit on after 4 years of my blood and sweat fixing up the 9 apartments, 2 of the houses I fixed up from a boarded up condition.

I was forced to go to trial at taxpayers expense, taxpayers foot the bill for my $73/day lodgings in prison. I was a consumer, had a retirement, and had believe in our American System to have invested in rental property and worked so hard for years investing all of what I had and long hours sometimes 7 days a week for years.

I had complained to police, the prosecutor, State�s Attorney, Colonel Barry of the Connecticut State Police, and others that my complaint finally be taken. It was a month after I was assaulted and nearly robbed and I was called the �victim� at that point Prosecutor John Panone should have dropped the charges against me and signed the arrest application for Brian Caldwell charging him with Assault, Threatening, and Breach of Peace. Panone refused to sign the arrest application so the attempted robber was not even arrested and I was railroaded to prison.

-Steven G. Erickson

Connecticut State Police website

Community Policing (COPS) webpage

Picture of Arthur Spada, and Dr Lee (made famous in OJ trial)

Letter to Connecticut Attorney General

Letter to Attorney Agranoff

My prison experience

Whistle Blower goes to prison

Another story of a downtown Connecticut homeowner battling crack heads, losing and being hassled and charged by police in the process.

Police officer accused of rape may or may not lose his job

another disgusting story of police misconduct

Police 'partnering' with criminals, informants, to collect revenue and keep crime level constant.

(click this link for post that goes with above photo)

Dear Connecticut Attorney General, October 17, 2003

Subject: Docket # CR01-0074672,
Rockville Court, Connecticut, 20 Park St.

With all due respect, I am trying to convey my story without a tone of anger, which is impossible. I mean no disrespect to you in any of my words below. I admit a lack of tact and can be guilty of not having basic common sense, but I have worked hard my entire life, spoke my mind too often, and have tried to improve my life and for those around me as long as I have been old enough to be aware. I feel a grave injustice has occurred and wish to make you aware for possibly investigating my claims.

Should the Justice System, including law enforcement, in a State, act in anyway similar to a KKK infested state, as was the case in some States at the height of the Klan?

Judge Jonathan Kaplan was aware of me being stalked, harassed, threatened, including my life, while my assailant and I struggled as I defended myself, ending the assault in my dark driveway with pepper spray. In court late October 2002, my assailant admitted to the judge that he, Brian Caldwell, had threatened my life while demanding money. Isn�t that attempted robbery?
Is it strange that police refused to arrest Caldwell, the prosecutor refused to sign Caldwell�s arrest application, and a judge is fine with a landlord being beaten, threatened, stalked before and after the incident, attempted robbery, but is not ok with a landlord �overreacting� defending him/herself?

I was called the victim, when I finally got the police to take my statement almost a month later. But, prosecutor John Panone, refused to sign the arrest application for my assailant, refused to drop the charges against me when I was declared the �victim�, and even refused to offer me the AR program that I was eligible for that would have ended up in my charges being erased.

I was sentenced to one year in prison and 3 years probation, had no former record, and was defending myself on my own property during a robbery attempt.

Troopers Ameral and Langlais, refused to take my statement/complaint the night I was attacked on my property, refused to interview witnesses, refused to look at my injuries, but paraded me around the 3 and 4 family houses in Stafford Springs, CT, in front of my neighbors and tenants, then leaving me propped up against a police car with the blue lights flashing for as many as 15 minutes to be displayed, lit, and prominent, for all passing traffic on the major Rt. of 190.

I had spent 4 years and 100�s of thousands and dollars, blood and sweat, fixing up those formerly boarded up properties.

The criminals and drug dealers still operate in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. Yet, after police officers had bragged that �Big Mouth� was going to be run out of town, and taught a lesson, and had bragged I was going to prison before I even went to trial, justice has not been served.

Troopers Ameral and Langlais committed perjury in order that I be convicted. The State Police Internal Affairs refuses to deny nor to take my complaint against officers.

I feel my First Amendment rights have been violated, as I had complained about police and the local court system in newspapers, and had proposed legislation inflammatory to police and those in the judiciary BEFORE I was railroaded to prison.

Your attention to this matter would be greatly appreciated,

Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083

Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs refused to take nor deny these complaints:

Steven G. Erickson February 14, 2003
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083-0730

To whom it may concern at Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs:
(fax to 203-238-6447, tel 238-6390)

I belief Troopers Ameral and Langlais of Connecticut State Police, Troop C, Tolland Connecticut, committed perjury in my criminal trial at Rockville GA#19, 20 Park St, Connecticut on 10-22-02, to get me convicted on 2 misdemeanor charges.

I would like to formerly lodge a complaint against Trooper Ameral and Langlais as I believe they perjured themselves. Trooper Ameral seemed to turn red and choke over his words as he testified that when asked whether or not I had asked to make a statement and identified myself 10-11-01, after I was nearly robbed, beaten, and threatened on my own property at night after arriving home with Clayton Varno in my van.

Troopers Ameral and Langlais refused to listen to the taped threats on Sue xxxx answering machine against me, 10-11-01, before I was assaulted, to take Sue xxxx statement, Apt x, 5 Church St., Stafford Springs, CT 06076 (860-684-xxxx). The pair also refused to take my statement, refused to listen to the threats against me from my assailant made from 1:00 PM that day against me.

I had identified myself as a crime victim, my name, and that I wished to make a complained. Both officers denied me this. Trooper Ameral refused to take my statement during processing 10-12-01, and refused to listen to my voicemail with the threats against me.

My assailant was not arrested.

I asked Trooper Ameral more than once to make a complaint and wanted my statement taken. I called out while being held, and asked to make a complaint against my assailant for attempted robbery, assault, and the threatening of me, Sgt Sticca refused to take my statement, 10-12-01.

I called Troop C, when I arrived home in the morning after being held at Troop C, Trooper Decker listened to my entire account of the previous events from the late evening before. I believe he interviewed tenants that had heard my assailant threaten my life and were aware of my assailant going back and forth from the local bar all day looking for me, each time saying he was going to hurt or kill me when I got home.

Trooper Decker politely refused my 2 or more requests to take my written statement regarding the events from the previous day.

My assailant continued to harass and threaten me and attempted to beat me again, Oct 18, 2001. I called the State Police and I believe it was Trooper Colleen Anuszewski, who responded to the call maybe sometime between 8PM and 9PM.

She listened to the threats on my voicemail and listened to my account of the threats made against me and that I had just nearly escaped a 2nd beating by locking myself in my office in my other multi family house, 3 Church St, Stafford Springs, CT.

My assailant came after me 7 times in the time before my trial. 4 of the times I reported the incidents to police.

There was a follow up investigation that calls me the victim of the assault in which I have included. This tells me that if my statement was taken before I was arrested that I would never have been arrested, and at the time of the 2nd report, I think my charges should have been dropped.

Sgt Izzarelli took my statement and interviewed Sue xxxx, possibly Clayton Varno, and others. Sgt Izzarelli came calling on me and in the presence of Sue xxxx, seemed surprised that my assailant was not arrested and with my case in general, in my opinion.

I believe I had previous arguments with Trooper Langlais, over teens drinking, fighting, and selling drugs off my front lawn, and my displeasure over losing sleep and with the lack of anything being done. Langlais may have been one of the officers on a previous occasion to Oct 11, 2001, that were chanting,

"Oh Stevie, Oh Stevie, Oh Stevie!" outside my office door waking me up maybe 2AM or 3AM in the morning maybe an hour or so after I had called in and complained about intoxicated teenagers, banging into my house, and being so loud they were keeping me awake.

The contents of this letter are to my best belief and knowlege.

Thank you, Steven G. Erickson

(Another complaint faxed to Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs, not taken nor denied):

Steven G. Erickson April 16, 2003
xxx xxxx (an address)

To Whom It May Concern at the Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs Unit
(fax to 203-238-6447, tel 238-6390.

Subject: Trooper Mulcahey�s possible violation of my (Steven G. Erickson) 1st and 14th Amendment rights, civil rights violations, and improper conduct unbecoming of a State Law Official

I believe Trooper Mulcahey acted improperly in telling me I would be arrested if I pursued any charges or allegations against anyone and did not leave the State of Connecticut.

I had brought a tape that Trooper Mulcahey took possession of threats against my daughter, her life, by a man who was sexually obsessed with my then 14 year old daughter and her friend Leann.

The tape also had threats against me, possibly 15 to 20 involving Peter Coukos. Please look into my allegations and take my complaint.

From statements made by Peter Coukos, before I was harassed by him telling me that the Stafford Resident Trooper and Stafford Police Officers did not like him (Peter Coukos) getting along with me and encouraged him to harass me and get rid of me.

After making this statement, Peter Coukos, told me that if I did not write him a check for $30,000 he would make up a false police report, report me to the building inspector for possible code violations, and would try and say I had committed fraud in some way or another fabricating a complaint.

I was also told I was evicted from the property by Peter Coukos, when I believe only a court order could bar me from 3 and 5 Church St.

Stafford Springs, CT, and that it was entirely illegal that I could be told I was barred from Stafford Springs and/or Connecticut, by someone saying they are speaking on behalf of the police.

I asked Trooper Mulcahey to take my complaint against Peter Coukos more than once and over time from as early as February 2002 into the Summer of 2002, regarding Peter Coukos threatening me, assaulting me, locking me of my apartment, blocking my vehicles in the driveway, breaking into my apartment, stealing my van seats and pick up truck cap, etc.

I believe it was an admission to these crimes by Peter Coukos when he signed an agreement not to harass me and to settle my Small Claims suit I brought against him regarding the stolen property.

I do not think it honorable and legal for a State Trooper to threaten me with arrest for being the victim of crimes, not the perpetrator, if I pursued matters taken in police reports, and if I did not leave Stafford Springs and/or Connecticut as soon as was possible.

I find it disturbing that Peter Coukos, claimed to me that the Resident State Trooper had told him, �Big Mouth is going to be shut up,� �Big Mouth is going to be run out of town,� and �Big Mouth is going to be taught a lesson,� before the harassment began, telling me it was encouraged and condoned possibly violating federal and Connecticut laws by police officers and Peter Coukos.

What is contained in this letter is to my best belief and knowledge.

Please look into my allegations and take my complaint.

Thank you, Steven G. Erickson P.S. the address of some of the violation is 3 and 5 Church St., Stafford Springs, CT 06076

(mailing address: PO Box 730, Enfield, CT 06083-0730)

Note: This post is my taking Del�s advice of providing names and more information. If you would like more information, please let me know in the comment section below.

P.S. the docket # and dates and police officers are all mentioned by name. Anyone who wants information from the court and/or police may do so with the Freedom of Information Act. You can then be provided with the 'Smoking Gun' the conflicting police reports and how embarassing my Kangaroo Trial is to the Entire US Legal System and honest police officers.

Police misconduct is rampant in Connecticut. Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs can and does refuse to take, nor deny, citizen complaints against Connecticut police officers.

Posted by Vikingas at December 4, 2003 11:56 AM | TrackBack

Connecticut is the modern day NAZI germany

Posted by: at December 4, 2003 03:42 PM

Glad I don't live in Conn!!! or is it Con.??

Posted by: Phantastek at December 7, 2003 05:41 PM

How do Fat Cats (Governor Rowland), take bribes?

Click on 'Fat Cat' for answer

Posted by: Fat Cat at December 15, 2003 12:24 PM

A yahoo search today for the words "Arthur L. Spada" yield this post as the number 1 listing.

Posted by: at December 21, 2003 06:06 PM

Overwhelmingly corrupt legal system
all over this country

By; Franklin D. Vipperman/Author
Read: Writ Of Certiorari

On December 1, 2003, the overwhelmingly corrupt United States Supreme Court in a despicable and unconstitutional act and action of covering-up for the Las Vegas, Nevada District Courts, the Nevada Supreme Court, the Federal Court of Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals in San Francisco, DENIED my petition for a Writ Of Certiorari without comment. Even though every word, sentence, and paragraph in the petition is overwhelmingly supported with indisputable proof of all charges made, consisting of court records, trial transcripts, police reports, affidavits, documents, signed and sworn to statements, photographs, tape recordings, trial testimony, you name it, its there. And [all] in the records of the courts.

And in doing so, the high court aided and abetted the lower courts with their horrendously illegal and unconstitutional acts, actions, and inactions against Vipperman, which are their standard customs, practices, policies, and procedures. Which the high court has previously held they can be held liable for committing their illegal and unconstitutional acts and actions. But ignored its own holdings and rulings in this case:

And the high court further covered-up for the illegal and unconstitutional acts and actions of the State Of Nevada, and its overwhelmingly corrupt police, prosecutors, judges, courts, attorneys, politicians, entities, departments and agencies. And all those employed therein.

And further closed the doors on millions of Americans that have been framed by corrupt police and prosecutors, railroaded through the courts by corrupt judges, and sold down the drains by their despicable cowardly alleged defense attorneys. And kept in prisons by corrupt pardon and parole boards that act in collusion and conspiracy with their counter parts of the overwhelmingly corrupt legal system all over this country. Because they will not confess to crimes they did not commit, and thereby clean-up all the illegal, unconstitutional, and horrendous acts committed against them by those in authority. Which is in fact common place, and happens each and every day all over this country. And every court, judge, cop, prosecutor, attorney, and politician everywhere knows it happens, and keeps it all covered-up. As the days of the Star Chambers and Salem Witch Trials have never ceased in this country. And never will, unless and until, the news media brings all of these horrors to light and thereby opens the public's eyes and minds to the terrible truths that surround them each and every day.

And until that day comes, all of us all over this country are in grave danger. Because; the despicable corrupt judges and courts everywhere, have made all of us the chattels of the State wherein we happen to be at any given time, and the State and Federal government: And have further but not conclusive of, deprived all of the citizens of this country of their birth given Constitutional Rights, long-long ago.... And they are now simply a fallacy of your imagination: And ignored by all in positions of authority over you and yours.

And it won't be very long until the government, state and/or federal, will control [all] of the news media, radios, televisions, newspapers, magazines, and books. And the "Prison Business" will be the biggest and most profitable business in each and every state. And all those who fail to attempt to stop these horrendous acts and actions by the states, and supported by the federal government, will end up in a prison themselves, or be taxed the largest majority of their incomes to pay for those who keep the others in prisons.

There currently being over Six Million (6,000,000) people in prison or on probation or parole in this country, you can rest assured that your turn is just around the corner....


Franklin D. Vipperman/Author of
The Deal Makers, The Cesspool,
and Hell Hole. And;
Plaintiff/Appellant/Petitioner in
Petition for Writ Of Certiorari.
In Proper Person

Supreme Court of the United States
Office of the Clerk
Washington, DC 20543-0001

William K. Suter

Clerk of the Court
(202) 479-3011

December 1, 2003

Mr. Franklin D. Vipperman
Las Vegas, NV 89121

Re: Franklin D. Vipperman v. Carols Concha, et al.
No. 03-453

Dear Mr. Vipperman:

The Court today entered the following order in the above entitled case:
The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.

William K. Suter,
Court clerk

Please: Read, learn from, post, and forward this information to everyone
possible. This entire country needs to know the real [truth] about the horrors
of the overwhelmingly corrupt legal and judicial systems that surround them
every moment of every day. And is constantly and continually illegally and unconstitutionally denying and depriving you and yours of your liberties,
freedoms, properties and possessions, and birth given Constitutional Rights.

Find Vipperman's books at; , The Deal Makers , The Cesspool , Hell Hole . And at , Barnes & Noble, Borders,, e-Bay, and almost all book stores and computer book sites all over this country.
Vipperman retains all rights to his books:

Posted by: at December 30, 2003 10:57 AM

click on "Jan 4, 2004 post" for pictures and more on my story. -Steven G. Erickson

Posted by: Jan 4, 2004 post at January 4, 2004 09:07 PM

Spada and Rowland should both be taken out of power if what they are accused of is prosecuted.

Posted by: at February 12, 2004 05:15 PM

"Connecticut Police Misconduct" in a google search and this is the #4 result out of 21,400 possible.

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at April 13, 2004 07:35 AM

It's Amaral not Armoral

Posted by: at June 4, 2004 05:58 PM

email sent to:

Subject: FYI

To Connecticut Attorney General or to whom it may concern:

Should a Connecticut citizen be harassed by police, arrested and thrown in prison on false charges as police committed perjury at trial, for threatening to sue police for civil rights violations, spouting off in newspapers, and proposing laws very unpopular with police, such as Civilian Oversight of Police?

Please check out the story after the picture of the house in this post.

And there are the police complaints that internal affairs refused to investigate, nor deny in this post.

If the Constitution applies in Connecticut, I beg you, sir, please investigate my claims as someone that works hard, honestly improving a community, gets kicked out and thrown in prison where those that are shooting up heroin, selling drugs, ripping people off, mugging downtown residents, and prostituting themselves seem to get a free pass in downtown Connecticut.

Thank you,
Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083-0730

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at June 10, 2004 10:39 AM

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March 01, 2004

Was a Connecticut Trooper fired because he is a minority?

I heard white Stafford/Willington area Connecticut State Troopers refer to a Spanish Trooper as, �Trooper Spic,� and �Trooper GREAZY Dildo.� White Connecticut State Troopers were shot at during this incident and it was allegedly used to remove a Spanish Officer as it was said he did not pass on information.

Is the Connecticut State Police an exclusive White Male Club? Well maybe the head of the Connecticut State Police, Arthur L. Spada, had the highest ranking police woman removed from his office because she was a woman. (click link below for more on the discussion)

Propose laws, complain about police officers, and you can be targeted, arrested, and put in prison, and then kicked out of a state upon your release.

I complained to Connecticut Politicians about police use of the Matrix System, and then received a response from a high ranking police officer. The response:

�February 24, 2004

Steven G. Erickson

Dear Mr. Erickson:

I am in receipt of your email of February 13, 2004, where you express your concerns that the State Police are abusing the Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange (MATRIX).

The MATRIX project was initiated in response to the increased need for timely information sharing and exchange of terrorism-related information among members of the law enforcement community. The project is governed by the MATRIX Executive Board, which is comprised of the head or designee of each participating state agency.

The MATRIX project has implemented factual data analysis with a program known as the Factual Analysis Criminal Threat Solution (FACTS) by using existing nonintelligence data sources to integrate disparate data from many types of storage systems to identify, develop, and analyze information related to terrorist activity and other crimes for investigative leads.

Information obtained from or through the FACTS application can only be used for legitimate law enforcement investigative purposes. A legitimate law enforcement investigative purpose means the request for data can be directly linked to a law enforcement agency�s active criminal investigation and operational case or is a response to a confirmed lead that requires follow-up to prevent a criminal act.

Security for information derived from the FACTS application is provided in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Furthermore, all personnel who receive, handle, or have access to criminal history records or other sensitive information are trained as to those requirements. A violation of these requirements is both a violation of department policy and the criminal laws of this state.

The Connecticut State Police understand the need to protect the privacy rights of its citizens. The FACTS program is only utilized for criminal investigation purposes. There are both internal and external safeguards with this system that would identify any abuses of the system.

Thank you for bringing your concerns to my attention and allowing me the opportunity to respond.

Colonel Timothy F. Barry

Colonel Timothy F. Barry


I had written to Col. Barry before and proposed Civilian Oversight of Police. I found out that when you propose a law regarding police or make a complaint about police officers to a politician the police are then notified. Before I was railroaded to prison I was warned by former Rep. Mordasky�s aid to leave Connecticut and sell my property ASAP as she warned me that the police liaison had told her that they (the Connecticut State Police) were going to retaliate for what I had written in the newspapers critical of them and for proposing Civilian Oversight of Police.

Should Police Departments, blindly get more and more tax dollars, keep hiring more and more officers, and get more and more power to abuse?

Well, I for one, think not.

-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)


Should a White Police Officer get away with allegedly executing an African American?

Perverts, Rapists, Thieves, Frauds, Liars � oops, did I mean the police in Connecticut?

Police Easy on Police for Misconduct

Is Rape not Rape if Committed by a Police Officer?

Added March 2, 2004 6:45 EST:

Instead of being called Governor John G. Rowland of Connecticut, should he be referred to as Dictator Rowland?

Defense Says Governor Pushed Accident Case
March 2, 2004
By ALAINE GRIFFIN, Hartford Courant Staff Writer (

A defense lawyer filed a motion Monday claiming the governor was behind the state's decision to prosecute a Vernon woman on charges she caused the 1999 crash that killed prominent Hartford-area businessman Neil Esposito.

Esposito's father, Raymond Esposito, used his political influence to force the arrest of Heather Specyalski, the woman police say was driving, defense attorney Jeremiah Donovan says in the motion, filed on the eve of jury selection and seeking dismissal of the charges.

Howard A. Jacobs, a New Haven attorney representing the Esposito family, scoffed at the most explosive accusation to date in the bizarre case in Superior Court in Middletown, accusing Donovan of attempting to prejudice the jury pool.

"Rowland has nothing to do with this at all," Jacobs said. "There is absolutely no truth in that whatsoever."

Meanwhile, spokesmen for the state police and Gov. John G. Rowland say they have no knowledge of any connection between the governor's office and the case.

Jury selection begins today, and those seated for the trial may finally unravel the mystery that has dogged the case: Who was driving Esposito's leased Mercedes-Benz convertible when it crashed?

Donovan says it was Esposito. But if the jury convicts Specyalski of second-degree manslaughter, she could face up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

State police investigators initially concluded that Esposito, 42, was driving when the car crashed on Route 9 near the junction of I-91 in Cromwell. But they later reversed their findings, saying Specyalski was behind the wheel. Investigators reopened the case at the insistence of Raymond Esposito, who sent a letter to then-Public Safety Commissioner Henry C. Lee about inconsistencies in the case.

Donovan's latest motion accuses the state of prosecuting Specyalski - a poor, single mother - at the behest of the governor. But it cites no specific conversation or correspondence.

"Neil Esposito frequently boasted of his family's influence with the governor," Donovan writes in the motion. Donovan cites contributions to Rowland's 1998 gubernatorial campaign, including $3,000 from Esposito and $2,500 from his father.

"The reopening of the case was the result of a request by the governor's office to reinvestigate the accident," Donovan writes in the motion.

He says a state police scientist "formerly believed to be independent and objective" investigated the crash for the Esposito family. "Such activities ... transform the state police into investigators for the wealthy'" and give the perception that "justice is something that can be bought by the rich," Donovan writes.

Esposito, a trash-hauler from Rocky Hill who many remembered as a philanthropist and contributor to high-level politicians, was a leading fund-raiser for juvenile diabetes. Legislators in 2000 voted in favor of a bill that proposed naming a span along I-91 in Wethersfield the Neil Esposito Memorial Bridge.

John Wiltse, a spokesman for Rowland, said Monday that the governor's office has "no knowledge of any involvement by this office" in the Esposito case. State police spokesman Trooper Roger Beaupre said he had "no knowledge of any communication between the governor's office and the state police" about the deadly crash.

Police arrested Specyalski in November 2000 and charged her with second-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, two weeks after she sued Esposito's estate, claiming his negligence caused the wreck that left her with debilitating injuries. A countersuit alleges that Specyalski, now 33, was intoxicated and driving out of control when the car veered off the highway at 100 mph.

The couple had attended a costume party at a Middletown restaurant prior to the crash. Tests showed both had been drinking.

Donovan claims his client could not have been driving because she was performing a sex act on Esposito at the time of the crash. The prosecutor, Assistant State's Attorney Maureen Platt, filed a motion last week asking a judge to bar testimony about the sex act without proof "which establishes a good-faith basis for such inquiry."

Platt declined to comment on the latest defense motion.

Jacobs, the Esposito family attorney, called state police's initial probe into the crash "a travesty" and claimed the lead state police investigator was eventually retrained in accident investigations.

Staff Writer Christopher Keating contributed to this report.


Maybe a �Godfather� style movie could be made about the Governor and his minions, the Connecticut State Police.


added March 22, 2004 7:10 AM EST

This was just emailed to the recipients noted below:

To Whom It May Concern:

Should someone that involves him/herself in the legislative process and speaks out in newspapers end up a target of police harassment, go to prison, lose family/friends/pets, his/her job, house, retirement, and be kicked out of Connecticut after spending time in prison?

I started writing letters to the editor in late �98 and was printed in the Journal Inquirer and the Hartford Courant starting with the issue of preserving the Sheriff System in Connecticut. It seems that the hierarchy in the Connecticut State Police was opposed to this and I saw that members of the Sheriff�s departments were targeted for arrests, prosecution, and were being blasted in the press.

If the police can take down a whole organization such as the Sheriffs then who am I as a lone individual?

I proposed Civilian Oversight of Police and wrote about the bias of police and the courts in newspapers. I exposed that police did little to help downtown property and business owners but did aggressively go after any revenue they could collect and properties/businesses they could come up with an excuse to seize.

After proposing Civilian Oversight of Police to former Rep. Mordasky by fax and sending a 4 page list of individuals and their crimes, with the information not being followed up on by police, Rose Marie of Mordasky�s office suggested I leave Connecticut ASAP as the Connecticut State Police were going to retaliate for my political activism, speaking out in newspapers, and for proposing legislation that angered police. She told me that the Police Liaison told her that I was going to really get it.

I believe orders came from the top of the Connecticut State Police, Arthur L. Spada. Police should not have the �Matrix System� if they are abusing citizen�s rights and circumventing the U.S. Constituion, before having the ability to covertly snoop and abuse citizens.

A citizen should be able to involve him/herself in the American Legislative Process without fear of arrest, prison, and losing everything financial and their families.

Please look into the links provided below and please help remedy the outrage if possible.

Thank you,
Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Posted by Vikingas at March 1, 2004 06:58 AM | TrackBack

I hear through the grapevine that individual police officers and the Stafford Springs, CT, selectman are being questioned by concerned citizens about what is contained in posts such as this one.

Allegedly at least one home sale fell through directly from what was read on written by me.

Mostly leaving common criminal parasites and drug dealers alone while taking as much cash, and even confiscating property/assets from working taxpayers, will cost Connecticut millions in the long run as they sell their souls living in the short term on blood money. gets hits in the millions and many that read the postings there are aware of the failings of the Connecticut authorities to foster and protect those investing in property and businesses downtown, again from what I have written.

I know local politicians, business people, and journalists have read my posts and others here on

By not righting wrongs and seemingly operating a Socialist Police State in Connecticut, how many residents want out and how many will never move to Connecticut that would have if cases such as mine and similar to mine weren't exposed?

The power of the dollar will wake up those that don't get the point.

If Governor Rowland and head of the Connecticut State Police, Arthur L. Spada, have allegedly done far worse things, far more often than what Martha Stewart is alleged to have done once, which Martha possibly made an honest mistake, then the pair of possible 'real' criminals need to serve time in Federal Prison, if tried and convicted.

If either Governor Rowland or the 'Honorable' Arthur L. Spada end up in Federal Prison, I will have to wonder if either would be on the hot seat now if I was not so persistent in emailing politicians and journalists, making phone calls, speaking at meetings, writing in newspapers and online, etc.

Maybe I was insignificant or I could have been the main catalyst, I don't know.

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at March 1, 2004 09:42 PM

Connecticut sounds worse than Mississipi and Alabama in the height of the Klan.

Posted by: South is gonna rise again at March 5, 2004 04:10 PM

I am having the same problem with the Middletown Ct. police Dept. concerning drug traffic in my bldg.One cop in particular told me to mind my own bussiness when he came up to my apt. on a complaint by me concerning people coming up our fire exit door(its in the alley way so the cops can't see them coming in or out of the bldg.)and yet this same policeman in the past has had the audacity to pull me & my fiancee' over for riding our bicycles on a public sidewalk.And everytime he sees us he harrasses us.(i.e.on 5/14/04 I Finally decided to make a complaint against this officers conduct.After leaving the mayors office,10 minutes later this same cop writes me and my fiancee' a ticket citing we ran through traffic on a red light.He was on the same street that the City Hall is on .Earlier I took his picture and told him I was going to report his conduct,he told me I couldn't take his picture without his permision.I told him he was full of SHIT!I took his picture because he refused to give me his name or badge number when I confronted him about his behavior 4wks. earlier at my apt.I showed the picture to another officer about 5blocks down the street and thats how I got his identity.So I guess after that he actually watched me go ride my bike to city hall and waited for my fiancee' and me to leave so he could write us a ticket in retaliation for reporting him.He had his partner write the tickets even though his voice was the one over the police Pa system telling us to pull over.I am not worried as I have 1Digital camera and 2 video cams and at this point am ready and willing to follow this asshole around until I catch him on film being the usual "bully with a badge" that everyone in this town knows he is.As they say witnesses can lie but cameras don't!!!!!:) Signed, Mark B. Sykes

Posted by: Mark Sykes at May 14, 2004 09:01 PM

I am having the same problem with the Middletown Ct. police Dept. concerning drug traffic in my bldg.One cop in particular told me to mind my own bussiness when he came up to my apt. on a complaint by me concerning people coming up our fire exit door(its in the alley way so the cops can't see them coming in or out of the bldg.)and yet this same policeman in the past has had the audacity to pull me & my fiancee' over for riding our bicycles on a public sidewalk.And everytime he sees us he harrasses us.(i.e.on 5/14/04 I Finally decided to make a complaint against this officers conduct.After leaving the mayors office,10 minutes later this same cop writes me and my fiancee' a ticket citing we ran through traffic on a red light.He was on the same street that the City Hall is on .Earlier I took his picture and told him I was going to report his conduct,he told me I couldn't take his picture without his permision.I told him he was full of SHIT!I took his picture because he refused to give me his name or badge number when I confronted him about his behavior 4wks. earlier at my apt.I showed the picture to another officer about 5blocks down the street and thats how I got his identity.So I guess after that he actually watched me go ride my bike to city hall and waited for my fiancee' and me to leave so he could write us a ticket in retaliation for reporting him.He had his partner write the tickets even though his voice was the one over the police Pa system telling us to pull over.I am not worried as I have 1Digital camera and 2 video cams and at this point am ready and willing to follow this asshole around until I catch him on film being the usual "bully with a badge" that everyone in this town knows he is.As they say witnesses can lie but cameras don't!!!!!:) Signed, Mark B. Sykes

Posted by: Mark Sykes at May 14, 2004 09:01 PM

vote with your back. Connecticut is not like other states in the US, and may not be like the rest of America.

Cops in Connecticut can rape, rob, and even murder and they do not punish each other.

Complain about any police officer or authority and you can end up in prison and kicked out of the state. I know it happened to me.

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at May 14, 2004 09:25 PM

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October 28, 2003

Perverts, Rapists, Thieves, Frauds, Liars … oops, did I mean the police in Connecticut?

It is such a terrifying experience actually lodging complaints against police officers for their misconduct that probably much of it goes unreported. Going to a higher ranking police officer to complain about another police officer in the same department is unbiased. Yeah, right!

Almost every day there seems to be something regarding police officers stealing something, obstructing justice, committing something deviant sexually, or for behavior unbecoming of a tax funded public official in Connecticut newspapers. Click for more below for one of the small fraction of cases actually ending up being reported.

Disclaimer: Maybe it is just a few Connecticut State and Town officers giving the rest of law enforcement a bad name.
-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)


Officer's Penalty Causes Unease
Some In Department Suspect Favoritism

October 28, 2003
By TRISH DAVIS, Hartford Courant Staff Writer, Connecticut

CLINTON -- As officials bring a sex scandal involving a town police officer to an end, the outcome of a lesser-known incident involving another officer's conduct is still reverberating in the department.

The uneasiness is over the punishment given Sgt. John J. Santry, 42, following an internal investigation into allegations that he had been stalking strippers from a Berlin nightclub. Santry was suspended for 15 days in 2002 and his pay cut by roughly $4,000 for a year.

In May, police launched an investigation into the conduct of another officer, Cpl. John E. Brymer III, following rumors that he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old junior firefighter cadet. The investigation found he had a two-week consensual affair with the girl and had influenced two other cadets to lie on his behalf.

Department officials are expected to recommend to the police commission that Brymer be fired because he falsified information during the investigation.

Santry denies the allegations against him. Though he was not charged criminally, an internal affairs inquiry last year found, that his behavior constituted misdemeanor stalking and crossed the line of professional conduct.

Some in the department say Santry's punishment was inadequate. That and his close working relationship with Chief Joseph Faughnan have fostered feelings of favoritism within the department. As grant administrator and someone who helps prepare the department's budget, he works closely with Faughnan.

Maj. William Chapman said he's aware of those feelings, but believes they're unwarranted.

"I think there may be some people who are envious of [their] close working relationship," said Chapman, who was among those who reviewed the stalking allegations. "The other thing is sometimes people do not know the full extent of a punishment."

The internal affairs investigations of Santry and Brymer occurred within the past 18 months. In both instances, members of the police commission said the department policed itself appropriately and do not believe there is a pattern of misconduct. But in light of these events and findings from a $40,000 independent management study, police commissioners are planning to review the department's codes of conduct and discipline.

Acting Police Commission Chairman Stuart Fox Jr. said consultants reviewed the department's codes of conduct but made no recommendations. The commission, however, believes the codes need reviewing.

Police administrators have said that Brymer was not charged criminally because he was not in a position of authority during the reported relationship. He was charged administratively with conduct unbecoming an officer, unauthorized misuse of a patrol car, failure to properly patrol sector, violation of direct written order, and making a false entry into a department record.

The commission had accepted an agreement that would have resolved all disciplinary action against Brymer, but it was withdrawn last week when negotiations broke down, officials said.

Brymer is expected to appear before the commission this week.

Santry, a 19-year member of the force, was charged administratively in May 2002 with misdemeanor stalking, misuse of the COLLECT - a computerized system that provides license plate data and information on wanted people - conduct unbecoming a police officer and abusing an official position to obtain a special benefit or favor.

He was suspended for 15 days and his pay was cut from $56,020 to $51,966 for a year in March.

In an emotional interview, Santry defended his reputation and denied stalking the dancers.

By mid-2001, Santry said, his life had taken a downward turn.

In March 2001, he was struck by a drunken driver while on duty. His injuries included a herniated disk in his neck, which he said caused him severe pain, loss of sleep and a change in personality. Around the same time, he was taking medicine to fight possible anthrax exposure while on duty.

Santry first went to the strip club in 2001. At the time he was estranged from his wife and two children. He said a friend took him to the club to cheer him up.

Instead, he said, "I was listening to someone else's problems," referring to a conversation with one of the dancers who shared stories of abuse, he said. "I was feeling sympathetic."

The investigation began in April 2002 after an employee of the Centerfold Club on the Berlin Turnpike called police to verify Santry was an officer with the Clinton department, police said. According to the internal affairs report, Santry had given his business cards to two dancers while frequenting the club on several occasions.

He also followed the women home and drove by their homes on several occasions, according to the report. One dancer said Santry made her so nervous that she asked not to be put on stage.

In a recent interview, Santry said he had befriended the dancer to help her get counseling and did not try to establish a personal relationship.

"I tried to do something right here. I didn't do it the right way," Santry said.

The report also showed that months earlier, Santry had followed a third woman whom he met at the Woodlawn Restaurant in Madison to the home of the woman's friend. Santry said he had enjoyed speaking with the woman. He said the friend's house was along his route home and he stopped to continue the conversation.

Santry said he improperly used the COLLECT system to determine whether the dancers were wanted on any charges. He told investigators he didn't want to help someone facing criminal charges.

Santry has been named in other complaints.

In 1998, a female dispatcher filed a complaint that he harassed her by using her name to log on to a sexually oriented website. Santry was a corporal at the time. The complaint was dismissed by the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and in courts up to the federal level, Faughnan said.

In 1995, Santry was suspended for two days for unreasonable use of force. A man claimed Santry punched him in the side while handcuffing him. Santry denied it to department investigators, saying he had only placed his open palm below the man's shoulders to make the arrest.

But the year after that investigation on unreasonable force was closed, Charles O. Hynes, then deputy chief, wrote in a letter to Attorney Gerald Stergio that Santry had admitted to him that "perhaps in the heat of the moment [the man] may have been struck with a closed fist."

Chapman said the Santry case shows that the chief isn't playing favorites. Chapman said he and Hynes, now retired, concluded that Santry had not used unreasonable force. However, the chief disagreed, and ordered the two-day suspension.

"If [the chief's] protecting [Santry], he has a funny way of showing it," Chapman said.

Faughnan said he believes Santry's punishment regarding the dancers was fair, particularly because Santry took responsibility for his actions.

"We didn't sweep anything under the rug," Faughnan said.

The police commission had a long debate over Santry's punishment.

"I think the commission as a whole decided that what was done was sufficient," Commissioner Robert Jenkins said.

Jenkins praised Faughnan's proactive management in both the Brymer and Santry cases.

Faughnan launched investigations of both without first receiving a formal complaint.

Santry said he decided it was best to accept the punishment.

Faughnan said Santry also did not want to drag out the issue. "There are other people involved in this that he did not want to get hurt."

Posted by Vikingas at October 28, 2003 06:44 PM | TrackBack

Panel Seeks Changes In Probes Of Police Conduct
October 29, 2003
By MARK PAZNIOKAS, Courant Staff Writer

Complaining that the Hartford Police Department is slow to investigate allegations of police misconduct, the Civilian Police Review Board is seeking the power to independently investigate complaints.

The department's internal affairs division takes up to four years to close its investigations, crippling the ability of the review board to oversee the department, members told the city council this week.

An ordinance proposed by Elizabeth Horton Sheff, the council's majority leader, would allow the board to independently and immediately investigate complaints of misconduct. It now must wait for an internal affairs report, said Ines Pegeas, the review board chairwoman.

Horton Sheff's proposal also would strip the review board's two police members of their voting rights. The police officers would have an advisory role under the ordinance.

The proposal drew no comment from the police or police union at a public hearing, even though the union's president, Gates Landry, sat in the audience.

Landry said the council is certain to pass the ordinance.

"There is nothing to speak about. The decision is made," Landry said. He called taking away the voting rights of the police members "a slap at the police department."

Chief Bruce P. Marquis submitted no testimony, nor would he comment, according to a department spokeswoman, Nancy Mulroy.

"It's a policy area. It's pending before the council and mayor," Mulroy said. "They make policy, and we implement it."

Members of the review board and the city Human Relations Commission said the changes were needed to restore the board's credibility with the public.

Pegeas said the panel is now hamstrung by its inability to independently investigate complaints as soon as they are filed.

Democratic Chairman Noel McGregor Jr., a private investigator and retired Hartford police detective, said the ordinance is necessary to establish the review board's independence and credibility.

"We need to establish trust with the general public," said another private investigator, Frank Hayes.

The Hartford Advocate reported recently that the internal affairs division investigated 73 police brutality complaints from 1999 to 2001 without finding the police at fault in a single instance.

U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton refused to dismiss a brutality complaint against the city, citing its apparent inability to handle police-misconduct complaints.

Her decision noted that nine of 24 excessive force complaints lodged against Hartford police in 1999 remain open. Another six were closed with no investigation.

Eight of 23 complaints filed in 2000 remain open.

"In no case was a complaint sustained against an officer and corresponding discipline administered," she wrote.

Posted by: at October 29, 2003 08:48 AM

For those of you writing or lodging complaints about police, I give you this warning:

I had a home, no criminal record, a business, and pets BEFORE I wrote in newspapers complaining about police not serving certain citizens and doing little or nothing about downtown crimes and drug dealing, but complained police instead just pulled over those trying to get to and fron work for traffic fines.

I made no friends in law enforcement doing that. I was sent to prison for resisting an attempted robber that attacked me from behind in the dark on my property.

The courts are so 'Kangarooed', that my assailant was never arrested but was able to brag to the judge that he had demanded money from me while threatening to kill me. Ha, ha, I now get the joke ...

That judge was not such a complete idiot that he does not understand that I was assaulted during a robbery attempt having to defend myself, and that attempted robbery and assault are more serious crimes, if defending yourself too aggressively is a crime.

But, then I came against one of Connecticut's preferred citizens, an alcoholic, drug using, criminal parasite, just a lower version of the blood sucking, Connecticut public official.

What the judge did see before him was a man who thumbed his nose at authority and disrespected the legal system and police in print. Oh, my god!

Which to the judge was more alarming, than a common criminal robbing a homeowner on his/her own property.

So I was sent to prison and then out of Connecticut as being a 'Big Mouth' is worse than being a criminal or drug dealer, at least in Connecticut.

If you no longer see my posts or see my name here on, it means that the voices (I assume being Connecticut law enforcement, still) trying to have me put back in prison for my continuing to have a big mouth have succeeded in shutting me up and putting me back in prison for maybe a number of years.

Squeeky wheels don't get oiled, annoying bugs get squashed.

Some may only assume or suspect how corrupt and unfair, even our American system can be, I know.

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at October 29, 2003 09:30 AM

"Connecticut Police Misconduct" in a google search and this is the #5 listing out of 21,400 possible.

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at April 13, 2004 07:40 AM


Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at May 2, 2004 10:49 PM

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August 14, 2003

Police easy on Police for Misconduct

Fired Police Have It EasyAugust 13, 2003 (Hartford Courant, Connecticut)

HARTFORD -- The Hartford police union's defense of two veteran officers who were fired after an internal investigation found them guilty of misconduct would be comical if it weren't so appalling.

Fired Police Have It Easy
August 13, 2003 (Hartford Courant, Connecticut)

HARTFORD -- The Hartford police union's defense of two veteran officers who were fired after an internal investigation found them guilty of misconduct would be comical if it weren't so appalling.

One officer, Roy E. McCravey, was arrested at a Wal-Mart in Charlotte County, Fla., where, according to police records, he was caught switching price labels on various pieces of merchandise to pay less for them.

He is scheduled to go to trial in Florida this week.

Officer John Nisyrios, meanwhile, was granted a form of probation for first-time offenders known as accelerated rehabilitation for a charge of pilfering spare parts from a Hartford auto yard. Accelerated rehabilitation results in no plea, no jail time and no criminal record after 18 months, as long as Mr. Nisyrios makes a $500 charitable contribution and stays away from the auto yard.

Residents don't typically expect the police union to aid someone accused of thievery. But union President Michael Wood says he plans to challenge the decision to fire the officers, claiming to have evidence that would allow them to keep their jobs.

As it is, Mr. McCravey, 47, and Mr. Nisyrios, 44, are getting off easily.

Relatively young and able-bodied, within six months they'll be able to collect pensions of about $50,000 a year, based on 19 years of service each in the department.

Sticking up for colleagues who clearly deserve to be terminated adds to the perception that Hartford officers are not as interested in law enforcement as they are in fattening pensions and preserving generous work schedules that give them at least 15 extra days off per year and generate record overtime pay.

Yet the union would have the public believe that its members are victimized by staff shortages and poor leadership. Residents, meanwhile, are left to wonder how low a threshold an officer must cross before his colleagues consider him unworthy of wearing a badge. (Now Expired)


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Journal Inquirer, Manchester Connecticut

Manchester releases details of accusations against ex-cop

By Doreen Guarino, Journal Inquirer August 07, 2003

MANCHESTER - Former Officer Jonas Searle, who retired from the Police Department in April amid efforts to fire him for misconduct, had kissed a female police volunteer, asked her to go skinny-dipping, commented on the size of her breasts, and told her he wanted to cheat on his wife with her, according to a police internal affairs report released Wednesday by an assistant town attorney.

Those are some of the details previously blacked out of a heavily redacted report on the Searle misconduct investigation that was released by the Police Department in May.In response to the Police Department's blacking out certain information on all but one of the 32 pages that made up the Searle report, the Journal Inquirer filed a complaint with the Freedom of Information Commission.

While the Journal Inquirer was never seeking the name of the woman who filed the complaint - any reference to her identity had been blacked out of the report - the newspaper objected to other information that was blacked out.Lt. Joseph Morrissey, who conducted the investigation, had said that revealing more information might pose "potential embarrassment to others."

Assistant Town Attorney Timothy P. O'Neil, after meeting recently with a Journal Inquirer editor, restored all of the previously blacked-out information that did not have to do with the female complainant's identity.

O'Neil said Wednesday that while Morrissey might have thought the release of certain information in the report might be an invasion of personal privacy, he felt that it wasn't and released it.

In response to O'Neil's action, the Journal Inquirer has sent notice to the Freedom of Information Commission that it is withdrawing its complaint against the town.Searle, 53, a married father of two daughters, retired April 30 after nearly 30 years with the department.

He retired before disciplinary action could be taken against him for a pattern of unprofessional conduct while in uniform that included making sexual remarks to a female police volunteer, a 45-year-old married mother with children, according to police.

At the time of his retirement Searle had been the subject of three separate internal affairs investigations into allegations of misconduct.

Only one of those investigations - the one involving sexual remarks Searle was alleged to have made to the female volunteer - was completed at the time of his retirement. It was the outcome of that investigation that led Morrissey, who is in charge of the office of professional standards and internal affairs, to recommend that Police Chief Gerald Aponte fire Searle.Neither Searle nor his lawyer, Jan P. Van Der Werff of West Hartford, could be reached for comment.

Other allegations now made public in the report state that the woman told police Searle commented that her toenails and fingernails turned him on, that he couldn't stop thinking about her, and that he once asked if she were wearing any underwear, the report stated.

Searle, who was interviewed by Morrissey during the investigation, either denied making any sexual remarks to her or could not recall certain situations and comments she alleged, according to the report.

Searle indicated, through his answers during the interview, that it was the woman who was being untruthful in her accusations against him, and that he had no idea why she would accuse him, Morrissey wrote in the report.

Morrissey's investigation sustained four of the eight situations alleged by the woman where Searle had acted inappropriately toward her, according to the report.
�Journal Inquirer 2003
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Name: Steve Erickson
Date: Aug, 13 2003
Just one more reason there should be 'Civilian Oversight' of police so they do their jobs efficiently, legally, and in the public's best interest. -Steve Erickson

Number of Opinions: 1 1 - 1 of 1 (Expired)

Connecticut Officer, Scott Smith, allegedly chased down a suspect and stood on the suspect's back firing a round through the suspect's back, killing him. Scott Smith lost his job and I believe now is on probation on appeal for what any non-officer would be charged with 2nd Degree Murder.

From talking with officers they seemed upset that Scott had to lose his job. Police should not police themselves. Checks and Balances are American. It is time to Americanize our American Police Force with Civilian Oversight

My Story:

I called Connecticut Police, Armed Revenue Collectors in letters to the editor and suggested 'Civilian Oversight of Police' to local politicians. I was told to leave Connecticut by police. I did not leave and was arrested at near midnight 10-11-01 when an alleged police informant that police had allegedly encouraged to harass me, jumped me in my dark driveway demanding money.

I pepper sprayed him after being beaten from behind. I was sentenced to one year in prison, 3 years probation, Anger management, fines, and strict reporting. The attempted robber received no punishment. It seems the 1st Amendment does not apply in the Constitution State of Connecticut.

I have lost everything I had ever worked for including regular contact with my family, pets, my home, investments, credit, and retirement. I was run out of Connecticut by police for having been critical of them in newspapers regarding downtown crime and rampant drugs and had suggested 'Civilian Oversight of Police' which was very unpopular with police.

What is your opinion on Civilian Oversight of Police?

-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)

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Is Arthur L. Spada the kingpin of a crime syndicate, The Connecticut State Police?

Posted by Vikingas at August 14, 2003 10:30 PM | TrackBack

But then, that's what union's are for!

Right, Will?

And people wonder why I hate unions. Between stories like this one, and the story last week of the union thugs beating up the recall supporters, it's amazing that unions get such respect from such a large segment of our society. I think they're time has passed.

Posted by: Del Simmons at August 15, 2003 09:14 AM

End the cycle of abuse, State Police should only be on the highways and support the local cops when needed. They should not oversee each other as they lie and cover-up for each other.

Posted by: at March 21, 2004 08:08 AM

Here, here

Posted by: at April 9, 2004 11:53 AM

"Connecticut Police Misconduct" were the words just put in a yahoo search engine and this post was the number 2 listing just behind the ACLU, showing the power and amount this site is read.

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at April 13, 2004 07:21 AM

now the #1 listing on yahoo.

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at May 7, 2004 10:15 PM

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August 16, 2003

Is Rape not Rape if Committed by a Police Officer?

Abolish Police Unions Nationwide and promote Civilian Oversight of Police with quality control questionnaires should go out to those requiring police service and that call in.

In the early 70's, Serpico, played by Al Pacino in the movie, shows us that police should not police themselves. Serpico could not find a single officer nor NYC police official that was either willing to take his corruption complaint, not taking bribes, didn't care, or was not part of the corruption.

Connecticut Police officers have been accused of rape, shaking down prostitutes for cash and sex, harassing citizens, shooting unarmed citizens, harassment, acting as 'Armed Revenue Collectors' for towns and the State, pulling over motorists based on race, etc.


Probe of sex allegation urges punishment for constable
By Christine McCluskey, Journal Inquirer August 07, 2003

ELLINGTON - State police have finished their investigation of Michael Nieliwocki, the town constable accused by a Glastonbury woman of sexually assaulting her in February 2002, and recommend that Ellington discipline Nieliwocki.

Town labor lawyer Anthony J. Palermino said Wednesday the discipline recommended could range "from suspension to discharge."

Abolish Police Unions Nationwide and promote 'Civilian Oversight of Police' with quality control questionnaires should go out to those requiring police service and that call in.

The early 70's, Serpico, played by Al Pacino in the movie, shows us that police should not police themselves. Serpico could not find a single officer nor NYC police official that was either willing to take his corruption complaint, not taking bribes, didn't care, or was not part of the corruption.

Connecticut Police officers have been accused of rape, shaking down prostitutes for cash and sex, harassing citizens, shooting unarmed citizens, harassment, acting as 'Armed Revenue Collectors' for towns and the State, pulling over motorists based on race, etc.

Probe of sex allegation urges punishment for constable
By Christine McCluskey, Journal Inquirer August 07, 2003

ELLINGTON - State police have finished their investigation of Michael Nieliwocki, the town constable accused by a Glastonbury woman of sexually assaulting her in February 2002, and recommend that Ellington discipline Nieliwocki.

Town labor lawyer Anthony J. Palermino said Wednesday the discipline recommended could range "from suspension to discharge." Palermino said it is up to the town whether Nieliwocki will be disciplined at all, and if so what form that discipline will take, because Nieliwocki is a town employee.

The months-long state police internal affairs investigation found no reason to prosecute Nieliwocki, Palermino said. "They found no reason for an arrest or a prosecution on the claim of sexual assault ... there wasn't enough evidence," he said. "But the internal affairs investigation feels there is still cause for some form of discipline." "Had there been an arrest or something, there might have been some action taken," Palermino added.Nieliwocki was put on administrative duty last fall pending the results of the investigation.

Ellington officials have been waiting for the investigation results before taking any further action. First Selectman Michael Stupinski is still reviewing the report.

Birthday party gone wrong According to a lengthy Vernon police report, on the night of Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, the woman was celebrating her sister's 21st birthday at Cioppino's Restaurant and Pub on Route 83 in Ellington.

Nieliwocki responded to a call that a fight had broken out at Cioppino's and found the drunken woman fighting with her sister outside, the report states.

Nieliwocki, who was 38 at the time, drove the 23-year-old woman to a Vernon hotel. "She stated that she cannot remember what happened with the police, but remembers that all she wanted to do was to go home with" her sister, Vernon Detective Michael E. Greenier wrote.

But police "would not let them leave together because they were fighting," the report continues. "She said that a police officer named Michael told her that she could not drive home and she could not go home with" her sister. "So she had to go to a motel."According to the report, Nieliwocki drove the woman to the Holiday Inn Express on Kelly Road in Vernon, where he helped her check in, left, and later returned in his private vehicle after he was off duty at 3 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 9.

He was still wearing his uniform, however.

A hotel clerk saw the two together and said the woman spoke loudly and slurred her words. Later that night, the clerk said he walked by the room and heard what sounded like consensual sexual activity, the report says.Another trooper who responded to the fight at the bar told Vernon police that Nieliwocki was in the parking lot with the woman and "at the time he told his trainee that the way Nieliwocki was allowing her to get so close to him was totally unsafe," the report says.

According to the report, the woman woke up in the hotel room Feb. 9 wearing only socks.

She went to Rockville General Hospital on Feb. 9 with bruises on her legs.

Around 10 p.m. that night, a hospital nurse called Vernon police on behalf of the woman to make a sexual assault complaint.

The woman told police she had been "really drunk and stoned" the night before. Later, she cooperated with Vernon police, making phone calls to Nieliwocki while police listened.

Invited in?

Nieliwocki later told police the woman had invited him to her hotel room, and that he went there after the end of his shift. He said they did not have intercourse but that they did engage in sexual activity.

"This is a problem, I know it was consensual ... This is every man's nightmare. You have sex and then someone says it was rape," Nieliwocki told Greenier, according to the report.

Nieliwocki told police he could not tell whether the woman was intoxicated. "He stated that he could not tell if a person was intoxicated without running them through tests first."I then questioned that if he [is a] trained police officer, and he could not tell if she was intoxicated, then perhaps he could explain to me why the desk clerk felt that she was.

"He stated that not everyone could tell when a person was intoxicated," Greenier wrote.An 11-month investigation by the Vernon Police Department and the chief state's attorney's office found insufficient evidence to criminally charge Nieliwocki.State police conducted their own internal investigation of Nieliwocki because, although he is a town employee, as a constable he reports to the town's resident state trooper.

Though state police had said the findings of the internal investigator were expected in February, it was not until last month that the report was released to the town.On June 25, state police spokesman Sgt. J. Paul Vance said the reason for the delay was that this is a "very involved report" that had to be "scrutinized" by several people.

The woman's lawyer, William H. Paetzold of Glastonbury, could not be reached for comment today.Paetzold said in January that his client intended to file a federal lawsuit against Nieliwocki and the town.

P.S. Enfield, Connecticut, Police were sent to doors collecting overdue library fines. This just goes to show us it is about the cash not about the criminals.

-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)

Posted by Vikingas at August 16, 2003 06:12 AM | TrackBack

Arthur L. Spada head of DPS, Connecticut State Police demoted the highest ranking woman in the State Police allegedly because she was a woman. There also have been accusations of bias against minorities lodged against CT departments.

From the Hartford Courant, September 27, 2003:

Police Officer Wins Settlement
Hartford To Pay More Than $200,000 In Compensation

September 27, 2003
By TINA A. BROWN, Courant Staff Writer

The city must pay a Hartford police officer more than $200,000 in back wages and other compensation because it failed to reinstate him when a larceny charge was dismissed eight years ago.

The settlement was accepted Friday in Hartford Superior Court by Judge Thomas Corrigan. The city did not acknowledge wrongdoing but agreed that Juan A. Morales would receive $206,874 in back pay, $20,874 for sick days and $34,995 in pension benefits, and an undisclosed amount for attorney fees, the court document shows. After taxes and a pension deferral, the payment totals $225,000.

Additionally, Morales was reinstated on paper to his position as a patrol officer. He then resigned effective January 2004. Over the next five months, Morales is expected to continue accruing time toward his pension. In addition to the lump sum, the city will pay Morales more than $1,000 a week until his retirement becomes official, the agreement says.

"I think this is an excellent disposition," Morales' lawyer, Michael A. Georgetti, said Friday.

The settlement reached Friday marks the fourth time in recent years the city has paid back wages to a Hartford police officer accused of on-duty corruption.

Morales, Joseph Smith, now known as Joseph Davis, and Matthew Rivera, all were accused of stealing city time after a grand jury, following an 18-month investigation, accused them of hanging out at the Charter Oak Package store during their shifts. The charges were later dismissed. Rivera and Smith returned to work after they obtained lump sum payments from the city.

Also, the city was ordered to pay another officer, Eric Smith, more than $120,000 in July after that officer was cleared of sexual assault allegations. His arrest did not stem from the grand jury's findings.

Morales was a 12-year police veteran when he was arrested and accused of loafing in July 1995. He tried unsuccessfully over the past eight years to get his job back. He sued the city in 2001 seeking back wages, pension benefits and attorney fees. Georgetti said Morales was forced to sue the city because he could not obtain a hearing. He said Morales might have gone back to work as a patrol officer if the city had given him a hearing.

The city attorneys declined to comment for this story.

Gates Landry, police union president, said, "It's a reasonable settlement. All parties are in agreement. Hopefully this ends an unhappy chapter in the police department and we can all move on with our lives."

Courant Staff Writer Matt Burgard contributed to this story

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at September 27, 2003 07:53 AM

'The biggest Affront to our American Values'

Click on my name below to be transported to link as noted above.

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson at October 19, 2003 11:23 AM

I came to this sight from

This is disgusting, STeve, I hope this is not the norm in Connecticut

Posted by: gh at October 23, 2003 09:42 AM

Steal Billions, kill your ex-wife leave your DNA and glove, shoot your neighbor cut his body up, rape little boys at your Neverland Ranch �

Click 'more' for more.

Posted by: more at January 6, 2004 08:39 AM

Cops Should be put in jail for their crimes.

Posted by: at January 16, 2004 02:29 PM

Cops Should be put in jail for their crimes.

Posted by: at January 16, 2004 02:29 PM

Cops Should be put in jail for their crimes.

Posted by: at January 16, 2004 02:29 PM

Connecticut cops can beat, rip you off, and even murder you and nothing is done about it. Rape is just something the cops in Connecticut think they are entitled to, along with $1/rents for single family houses and other freebies.

The state is the biggest employer in Connecticut, so they protect their own, and if a taxpayer says anything a whole angry bee's nest of State employees will respond and punish those that speak out.

Posted by: at May 25, 2004 08:18 AM


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