Police Abuse and Police Brutality
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- A police officer was arrested Thursday on suspicion of
gun at a man to force him to confess during questioning over a minor
crime in the city of Nagasaki.
Lieutenant Norihiko Irie, 53, of
the Oura police station has denied the allegations, saying he has never
taken out a gun, according to the police.
He is suspected of
summoning the 34-year-old man on Jan. 17 to the Takashima police box
where he was then stationed and pointing a gun at his face to force him
to confess to having removed a door of the police box, according to
also allegedly intimidated a 56-year-old man he summoned to the police
post by placing a gun and five bullets on the desk in front of him.
to the police, nearby residents of the police box called the police
Jan. 12 to say the officer was uttering nonsensical remarks and walking
The police interviewed him on Jan. 13 and
concluded there was nothing wrong with him. The police said it was
regrettable that another incident involving the officer took place
01/21/2006 - WATERBURY -- A Woodbury police officer arrested on
allegations he possessed 29,400 images of child pornography on his home
computer will be charged with downloading and sharing the photos with
others, a prosecutor said Friday.
Mariani, a senior assistant state's attorney, said veteran officer
Terrence Langin will face felony charges of importing and exporting the
images at Langin's next pretrial hearing, scheduled for Feb. 3 at
was allegedly downloading images from various Web sites and receiving
and sharing some images with various people he met online, according to
an arrest warrant affidavit. The warrant did not give specific names of
other people involved, nor did it name specific Web sites containing
child pornography that Langin allegedly visited.
aspects of that case are still under investigation," Mariani said
52, was arrested Dec. 14 at his Oakville home and charged with
first-degree possession of child pornography, which is punishable by up
to 20 years in prison. Those accused of importing and exporting the
images could face the same punishment.
appeared briefly in court for a pretrial hearing Friday afternoon. He
wore a beige jumpsuit and his hands were cuffed in front of him. Four
members of his family attended.
the request of Langin's attorney, Fanol Bojka of Waterbury, Waterbury
Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti removed a suicide watch for Langin,
who is being held at the New Haven Correctional Center. Prisoners
incarcerated on a suicide watch undergo constant monitoring, with
cameras trained on them 24 hours a day.
have spoken with him on many occasions and he seems to be in better
spirits than he was," said Bojka, who added that Langin's wife of 21
years asked that the suicide watch be lifted.
not return messages left Friday afternoon for further comment.
asked Langin three times if he agreed to have the suicide watch lifted
and Langin said, "Yes sir" every time. Those were the only words he
uttered during his appearance.
said he would not discuss lowering Langin's $350,000 bond until Feb. 3.
spokesman J. Paul Vance said the state police Computer Crimes Unit is
still investigating the case.
said detectives will make a list of all possible charges after they
fully examine the computer hard drives seized from Langin's house.
police will then turn the list of charges over to the state's
attorney's office, which can request a judge to sign a warrant for the
still in the process of investigating, and we think we're getting
pretty close to closing that case," Vance said.
Langin's last court appearance, Jan. 4, prosecutors said they may ask
Langin to take a lie-detector test before they agree to lower his bond.
That issue was not brought up again Friday.
was suspended from the Woodbury police force without pay in December,
but his wife and 17-year-old son continue to receive medical benefits
from the town.
01/10/2006 - TORRINGTON -- A city police officer’s
actions during a
melee Saturday morning are under review while four men face multiple
criminal charges resulting from the incident.
Chief Robert Milano will look into a complaint alleging an officer used
too much force to diffuse an altercation outside Memories on Main Bar
& Grille early Saturday morning.
will look into it at the appropriate degree," Milano said Monday. "We
are always willing to examine our actions."
people were arrested after refusing to disperse in front of Memories on
Main Bar & Grille, 7 Water St., around 2 a.m. Saturday morning,
according to the police report.
Brian Piekos, 21, of 381
Marshall Lake Road, Jonathan Centrella, 22, of 371 Cardinal Circle,
Thomas Giani, 28, of 426 Main St., and Terry Hill, 25, of 347 Main St.,
were charged with first-degree criminal trespass, breach of peace and
interfering with a police officer, police Lt. Wayne Newkirk said.
Centrella was also charged with third-degree criminal mischief.
responded at 1:47 a.m. to a disturbance outside of the bar, which had
already closed, and asked the four men to disperse, Newkirk said.
"They were refusing to leave," Newkirk said. "(The officer) gave them
the order to leave."
Police Officer Robert Guida tried to place one of the men under arrest,
and when the man resisted, the three others got involved, Newkirk said.
During the incident, a window in the front of the bar was damaged,
was counting (the register) out," Memories on Main owner Mike Barbero
said. "I heard the glass break and saw the officer handcuffing a kid on
Barbero said the four did not cause any trouble inside the bar, and
left when the bar closed.
"I don’t know what led up to (the trouble outside)," Barbero
said. "I didn’t see it myself."
Police received an anonymous complaint Sunday alleging the officer was
too aggressive during the incident.
"I watched as a police officer threw a man into a newspaper box then
through a window," the complaint stated.
The complaint alleges that the officer should have waited for backup
before acting harshly with the people involved.
"This first officer was strictly out of line," according to the
Barbero said other patrons leaving the bar told him the officer was
using too much force.
said, based on the information he has, that the officers had to act
quickly to diffuse the situation, and acted appropriately.
"He had no choice," Milano said. "(From the information I have) we did
what we had to do."
An internal investigation into the incident has not yet been initiated,
"We will examine our actions," Milano said.
was set for three of the men at $1,000 and $2,500 for Centrella with a
scheduled court date at Bantam Superior Court on Jan. 17, according to
the police report.
No matter what happens now, Barbero just wants the window fixed.
"All I know is my window is broken," Barbero said. "The police are
paying for it."
01/05/2006 - WATERBURY -- Prosecutors may ask a Woodbury
officer jailed on child pornography charges to take a lie-detector test
before they agree to have his bond reduced.
filed with the court Wednesday, prosecutors said they were considering
making that request.
issue over Terrence Langin's bond came up Wednesday afternoon, when the
52-year-old suspended police officer appeared at Waterbury Superior
Court for a pretrial hearing.
the hearing, Langin's lawyer, Fanol Bojka of Waterbury, asked Judge
Frank Iannotti and prosecutors to consider reducing Langin's $350,000
bond, which he has been unable to post since his arrest Dec. 14. He is
being held in New Haven.
has the final say on whether the bond would be reduced, and he did not
make a decision Wednesday. It was not clear why the state's attorney's
office wants Langin to take a lie-detector test.
a beige jumpsuit, glasses and handcuffs, Langin did not say anything
during his less than five minute appearance, which was continued to
The 5 foot,
10 inch Langin appeared as if he'd dropped between 10 and 20 pounds
from his 175-pound frame.
he faced the judge, Langin stared blank-faced for a few seconds at a
group of family and friends, who sat four rows from him. Only one
friend attended Langin's first court appearance last month.
who has been an officer in Woodbury for 17 years, was arrested last
month after state police seized two computers from his home in the
Oakville section of Watertown. According to an arrest warrant
affidavit, approximately 29,400 images of child pornography were found
on his machines.
was charged with possession of child pornography in the first degree,
and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. He was suspended
without pay from the town of Woodbury, but his wife of 21 years and his
17-year-old son continue to receive medical benefits from the town.
say Langin could face additional charges.
12/30/2005 - 99.9% of Those Stopped in
Connecticut DUI Roadblock Are Innocent
Just one motorist stopped at holiday sobriety
roadblocks in Danbury, Connecticut charged with DUI.
in Danbury, Connecticut declared a holiday drunk driving roadblock
operation where 99.9% of the motorists stopped were not drunk a
complete success. Officials plan to continue the roadblocks through New
Year's weekend, even though of more than a thousand stopped last week,
police made only one DUI arrest.
The roadblock was declared a
success because officers were able to issue a number of tickets for
offenses unrelated to drinking. Twenty-nine expensive tickets were
handed out to drivers who forgot to bring their licenses, and fifteen
cars were towed because the operator didn't have the registration
paperwork in the vehicle.
Danbury police made twice as many DUI arrests after the
roadblock was taken down on Christmas Eve.
- HARTFORD - The state Appellate Court has upheld the firing
Ansonia police officer who was terminated after being accused of lewd
conduct while in uniform.
The court agreed with a lower
court's May 2004 ruling that blocked the reinstatement of Earl Stanley,
who was fired in 2002 after being charged with sexual assault.
William Cremins had ruled that police officials would be violating
public policy against sexual harassment if they rehired Stanley. The
appeals court agreed.
The ruling reversed a state labor
board's decision that said Stanley, who was fired after receiving
special probation for sexual assault, should get his job back.
January 2001 to July 2002, four women gave statements to Ansonia police
saying Stanley grabbed their buttocks, spied on them from his police
car, and made "lewd and improper" gestures.
A state police investigation led to Stanley's arrest in April
2001 for fourth-degree sexual assault.
being fired, Stanley appealed his termination to the state and won an
arbitration award in November that said he must be rehired but denied
him back pay.
The city appealed the arbitration award on the grounds that rehiring
Stanley would violate the department's public policy.
there's a few morons on the Brookfield police force
11/05/2005 - Brookfield — If cars and trucks were not slowing
Long Meadow Hill Road before, they certainly did Monday afternoon. Some
nearly stopped in front of the white, two-story house at 129 Long
Meadow Hill, where five cardboard signs were posted on a picket fence.
"Our dog was killed today by a speeder who kept going due to poor
police patrols. It could be your child next."
said: "Speed has taken 3 lives on this road. Slow Down."
signs were posted in anger by Justin Calemmo and his wife, Julie, both
33. On Monday morning, their 2-year-old Jack Russell terrier, named
Dakota, was run over by a car not very far from the place where two men
were killed in a July crash.
the day was over, Justin Calemmo got into an altercation with a police
officer, was handcuffed and arrested. His wife complained of police
misconduct after an officer threatened to use a taser — a
type of stun
gun. Police said they had to do so because Justin Calemmo was out of
officials will look into the incident, but they haven't decided if
there will be a formal investigation, First Selectman Jerry Murphy
Monday morning, Dakota got out of the yard, even though she was wearing
an electronic collar that was supposed to shock her if she went past a
certain point. At about 7 a.m., Justin Calemmo went to look for his
dog. His wife, seven months pregnant, called for Dakota from her yard.
Hill Road has a speed limit of 30 mph, but residents have said that
most vehicles go far faster.
July, two men, ages 22 and 18, were killed after their speeding car
crashed into a tree beside Long Meadow Hill Road. The accident spurred
an organized effort to curb speeding in Brookfield. After meeting with
residents, police promised to hand out more tickets and put up
electronic signs to tell drivers how fast they are going.
and Julie Calemmo don't think the crackdown has been effective.
people going so fast and running through stop signs," Julie Calemmo
Monday, two town public works employees found Dakota's body about a
quarter mile from her home. Most people in the neighborhood knew
Dakota, and the town workers knew where to take the body.
cruiser carrying one police officer joined the town truck and both
arrived at 129 Long Meadow Hill Road at 7:24 a.m. A town worker told
Julie Calemmo the bad news about Dakota
was such a loving, loving dog and had so much personality," Julie
Calemmo recalled later.
Calemmo returned to his home minutes after the town workers arrived and
began asking if the dog was OK. He, too, got the sad news.
police and the Calemmos differ on what happened next. "I yelled at the
police to have more patrols on the road and I was screaming at them
with a dead dog in my hands," Justin Calemmo recalled. He said he told
the police officer: "If you had been handling this right, this would
not have happened."
police say he did more than yell. Calemmo was "extremely irate,"
according to the police report. The report said he was "screaming
profanities" and "approached the lone officer at the scene in a
said Calemmo continued to stand in the road and yell as traffic passed.
The report said that "the officer, armed with a taser, was ready to
subdue Calemmo with the device but did not have to do so."
Calemmo acknowledges that he was in the road. He said he had his dead
dog in one hand and his other arm wrapped around his wife. He said he
never lunged at the officer. Calemmo said he was concerned about his
wife's safety when he shouted: "Put that gun away, you moron, before
you shoot someone."
Murphy said police told him that Julie Calemmo was on the porch of the
house, well away from the officer. The officer put the taser away, but
called in reinforcements. Three more police cars arrived at about 7:45
a.m. "They took me out of my house in handcuffs," Calemmo said. "I left
my poor wife with a dead dog in her hands."
was taken to the police station, fingerprinted, released and ordered to
appear in court Nov. 19. Calemmo said he will plead innocent to a
charge of breach of peace.
11 a.m. Monday, he was back home. That's when he posted the signs. One
said, sarcastically, "Great job Brookfield Police Department. Average
speed is 54 miles per hour."
about 1 p.m., Justin Calemmo went to see the first selectman to
complain about the speeding and the conduct of police. He wasn't happy
with what Murphy had to say.
said we can't put up stop signs or speed bumps, they just need to raise
awareness," Calemmo said. "I'm not asking people to go 30 mph. I'd be
happy with 40."
told Calemmo that he believes police are making progress in slowing
drivers. Murphy said police are giving out more tickets, putting
unmanned police cruisers by the roadside to slow speeders and planning
to launch a citizens patrol.
feels bad about the dog, but (Calemmo) contends it was a speeder,"
Murphy said. "It could have been someone driving 10 mph."
Monday afternoon, Murphy called Police Chief Robin Montgomery and
discussed the altercation. "There are two sides and we're looking at
both," Murphy said. "I am talking to the chief. As far as a formal
investigation, we have not decided on a course of action."
after 2 p.m., a neighbor came to Calemmos' home and apologized. Dakota
had run into her yard that morning and the woman tried to catch her but
failed. She said she felt partly responsible, and Calemmos assured her
that she wasn't.
few minutes later, a woman driving a small blue car stopped in front of
the home, near the signs. "I'm really sorry to hear that," the woman
said. "I know how you feel." She added that "it's a dangerous road."
older woman, driving a black Toyota, slowed to shout: "All this over a
woman missed the point, Justin Calemmo said. Speeding cars are
dangerous for everyone. "It's not just for a stupid dog; it's for a
stupid child. It's for a stupid jogger. It's for a stupid driver. I can
barely pull out of my driveway in the morning."
drivers did not stop to talk, but almost every vehicle slowed out of
curiosity. "I can slow traffic down with a few signs," Calemmo said.
"The town can't stop it with a whole police force."
Why didn't the cop just give the guy his dog and leave? End of
right? No he had to stick around because he got his little
hurt, because some citizen was yelling at him. This cop either lied or
was afraid the owner was going to attack him with a dead dog.
Threatening manner, please. What a wussy.
BRISTOL -- Two police officers accused of broadcasting racial slurs
over a pirated FM radio station had allegations of misconduct years ago.
Daniel Britt, commander of the patrol and detective divisions, was
cited for conduct unbecoming an officer and suspended for three days in
1995 for sexually discriminating against a female subordinate. Britt
appealed the punishment. The outcome of his appeal was not known
was also suspended for a day without pay in 1994 for sleeping on duty.
He initially protested that punishment as well, but later withdrew his
Sgt. Richard Valentine, a 25-year veteran, was
suspended for two days in 2000 for conduct unbecoming an officer. He
allegedly used a computer in the patrol captain's office to access the
Internet for personal use.
Valentine abruptly resigned Friday
and Britt was put on administrative leave after allegations surfaced
that the sergeant periodically used a homemade studio in his basement
to broadcast racist messages in the middle of the night.
unlicensed broadcasts were known as WNFR for "Nigger-Free Radio,"
according to leaders of the state chapter of the NAACP and state Rep.
Roger Michele, D-Bristol, who lodged formal complaints after learning
of the practice Friday.
Britt's role remains unclear, but
Michele said Friday he had been told that the captain's voice "could be
heard" in at least one of the broadcasts.
Efforts to reach Britt and Valentine were unsuccessful
Saturday. Both have unpublished phone numbers.
received a commendation in 1997 for helping establish a police
department website. It was unclear Saturday whether Britt received any
commendations during his time on the force.
Contacted at home Saturday, Mayor Gerard Couture called the matter "a
will deal with this professionally and efficiently," said Couture, a
former police officer. "I have never, ever heard about anything like
this before and it will not be tolerated."
Couture said the
police commission has a regular meeting Tuesday and as its chairman, he
does not expect the group to meet before then.
Saturday, local black leaders expressed anger and shock as word of the
radio station and its intent spread through the city.
something like this happen in 2005?" asked the Rev. Terrace Johnson,
who assists at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
who does not live in Bristol, said he had heard parishioners describe
the city as racist, but said he never expected that anyone in law
enforcement could be involved in such prejudice.
09/12/2005 - A Willimantic police officer was arrested on charges* he
lied about witnesses' statements, Chief State's Attorney Christopher L.
Morano announced Monday.
Michael Murphy, 42, was charged with three counts of falsely certifying
as to administration of an oath. He surrendered to inspectors from the
Chief State's Attorney's Office and was released on a written promise
to appear in Danielson Superior Court Sept. 26.
to the arrest warrant affidavit in the case, Murphy interviewed three
witnesses in a September 2004 home invasion case who provided written
statements, but would not swear to the truth of the statements.
charges against him are felonies carrying a maximum sentence of three
years and a $1,000 fine.
being questioned by superiors about the lack of sworn statements, the
warrant alleges Murphy retrieved the original statements and falsely
certified the witnesses had acknowledged their truthfulness.
*** 3.14.2012 Retired Willimantic Police Officer Michael G. Murphy has contacted this site and informed us that all charges were dismissed and a judge had officer Murphys court records expunged "erased".
PoliceCrimes.com has never and will never delete a story, but we will make corrections and updates. Just because a judge expunges someone's court record, doesn't mean that person didn't get arrested and that's still public record.
Michael Murphy if you would like to tell your side of the story to what really happened and why the charges were dropped, please email me and I will post your version of the event. I'm sure as long as you tell the truth, there wouldn't be a chance of being recharged or any perjury charges brought against you.
08/23/2005 - Adams was one of several officers responding to a call
around 3 a.m. on April 24 of a man with a gun in the area of a Slater
Road residence. When officers arrived, about eight people were coming
out of the house at once.
Among them was Jeremy Hapgood, who was, according to the
arrest affidavit, intoxicated and the most belligerent of the group.
had, however, wrestled Hapgood to the ground and put handcuffs on him,
and believed him to be under control when Adams kicked him in the face.
Hapgood suffered injuries to his head, cheek and lip, according to
reports of the incident.
said in the affidavit that he thought Hapgood was trying to stand up
and was attempting to kick his elbow out from under him and missed, but
other officers weren’t convinced.
One officer told
investigators, according to the affidavit, that Adams raised his arms
over his head as if he’d scored a touchdown in football
Adams’ resignation was accepted by the Board of Police
Commissioners last week.
voluntarily resigned and that is the end of his association with this
department," said acting Police Chief William Gagliardi. When Adams was
arrested, Gagliardi made it clear there was no excuse for Adams
behavior, saying at the time that residents expect police officers to
protect them regardless of the situation.
Adams had been with
the department for three years at the time of his arrest. Before his
resignation, he was on leave pending the outcome of the case, which
continues in New Britain Superior Court. He remains free after posting
a $100,000 bond.