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Friday, January 18, 2008

[CT] Sgt. Gittings suspended & demoted after dv with wife

...Gittings faced the board in 1990, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2006 for charges including conduct unbecoming an officer, neglect of duty, insubordination, casting disrepute on the police department and indignity to a citizen...

Not mentioned in current reporting - a newsclip from August 2007:

...[Spokesperson Capt. Paul] Beres said Laurie Anne Gittings had bruises on her left arm and a cut on her right hand, but no one was seriously injured... Outside the courtroom Thursday, Gittings said he hoped to return to work soon. "It's not pleasant being a cop and standing in line with these guys," he said...

Seymour police sergeant suspended
Connecticut Post
KATE RAMUNNI
January 15, 2008
[Excerpts] A police sergeant arrested last summer on domestic violence charges was suspended without pay for three months Tuesday after a marathon hearing before the Board of Police Commissioners... Gittings was put on administrative leave and not allowed to go back to work after the arrest because he was barred from possessing a gun as a result of the charges. But a Superior Court judge lifted that order in October and he was allowed to return to work. In December, charges were dropped in Milford Superior Court when neither wanted prosecution of the other to proceed. A police sergeant arrested last summer on domestic violence charges was suspended without pay for three months Tuesday after a marathon hearing before the Board of Police Commissioners. The commission held the hearing to determine whether Sgt. RichardGittings violated his oath of office and engaged in conduct unbecoming an officer as a result of an arrest on domestic violence charges last summer. Last August, Gittings, 46, and his wife, Laurie Anne, were arrested after police were called to their Glen Circle home. The two were charged with breach of peace. Initially, GittingsRichard Gittings also attended alcohol counseling as a result of the arrest...

Seymour sergeant demoted - Gittings also given 3-month suspension
Waterbury Republican American, CT
Republican-American
JODIE MOZDZER
January 17, 2008
[Excerpts] A Seymour police sergeant was suspended for three months and demoted to patrol officer Tuesday after the Board of Police Commissioners held a three-and-a-half-hour hearing on his conduct. Richard Gittings, 46, of 11 Glen Circle, went before the board because of an Aug. 15 domestic dispute with his wife, Laurie Anne, 45, when both were charged with breach of peace. Commissioners, with a 3-2 vote, found that Gittings violated the department duty manual for charges of conduct unbecoming an officer, for repeated offenses of conduct becoming an officer and for violating the oath of office and code of ethics. The breach of peace charges were nolled [DROPPED]... After Gittings completes six months as a patrol officer, the board will hold a review to determine whether to reinstate his title. Any subsequent offenses could lead to termination from the department. Gittings faced the board in 1990, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2006 for charges including conduct unbecoming an officer, neglect of duty, insubordination, casting disrepute on the police department and indignity to a citizen. He has spent a total of 15 days under suspension, four of which he was able to substitute with vacation days.

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