Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Can cops in Connecticut keep there hands off of drugs?

What about Connecticut cops being investigated for past rapes, robberies, assaults, and murders? The Connecticut Police Internal Affairs is seriously lacking. Anything goes and they investigate themselves. Civilian Oversight of Police is needed desperately.

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Norwich officer arrested on heroin charge in the Bronx


Norwich Bulletin
Posted May 17, 2008 @ 12:35 AM

Norwich, Conn. —

Veteran Norwich Police Lt. Michael Blanchette was arrested Friday in New York City on heroin possession charges, police said.

Norwich Police Chief Louis J. Fusaro has ordered an internal investigation seeking details of the arrest.

“I’m disappointed,” Fusaro said. “I certainly hope this does not reflect on the hard work being performed by the men and women at the department.”

Blanchette, 43, has been on medical leave and collecting worker’s compensation for about 16 months because of a knee injury.

As per department policy, Blanchette was stripped of police powers and placed on administrative suspension after 30 days of absence from the department.

He is one of four lieutenants on the force.

Blanchette was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Bronx, said New York City police Det. Brian Sessa. The charge is a misdemeanor, Sessa said.

Norwich Police Deputy Chief Warren Mocek, who has been assigned to conduct the internal investigation, said the department was notified of the arrest by New York City police.

“At this point, we are seeking more detailed information about the arrest,” Mocek said. “This is a difficult thing to hear. We’re held to a higher standard, and the public has a right to expect that.”

Like Fusaro, Mocek said he hoped the allegations did not lead the public to think less of the officers at the department.

This is not the first legal trouble for Blanchette. In 2004, he was arrested by fellow officers in connection with a series of domestic disputes with his wife during divorce proceedings.

The charges later were dismissed after the court ordered Blanchette to attend counseling and a family violence education program.

Legal proceedings are still pending for fired Norwich Police Officer Jamie Longolucco, who faces assault, threatening and burglary charges in three separate criminal cases.

Reach Greg Smith at 425-4219 or gasmith@norwichbulletin.com

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a very sad post, I have checked your site out many times, and like the posts,this is very shocking as this guy was not the type of guy that you would think be using drugs..Connecticut, is a mess, and it seems to be a problem of overall crumbling to a society that has has been infected with the corruption..the time has come when maybe a regular joe bag of donuts type guy gets out there and takes the incentive to run for office,,it seems as though out Legislature is devoid of any leadership..I wish I could say thanks for this post, however it is very sad..

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 9:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not trying to be critical but am just curious what makes annonymous say that "this guy was not the type of guy that you would think be using drugs..." I think that anyone can be a type to use drugs. I can't tell anything from the article other than that he's been with the force 20 years and has been arrested for domestic violence. It would be nice to have a little more information.

Sunday, June 01, 2008 9:26:00 AM  

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