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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

[ME] Officer Regan charged for injuring wife & firing weapon in their home

...Regan is accused of assaulting his wife late Monday night, resulting in injuries that required medical attention... charges he assaulted his wife and discharged a gun in their house...

(See the comments section for excerpts from Regan's last legal troubles)

Officer allegedly assaulted wife
Portland Press Herald
March 19, 2008
A Portland police officer is the subject of a criminal investigation and an internal affairs inquiry following his arrest Tuesday on charges he assaulted his wife and discharged a gun in their house. Brian Regan, 39, has been placed on administrative leave with pay during the investigations, Portland Police Chief Tim Burton said at a news conference held in Portland this afternoon. Westbrook Chief William Baker said the allegations of misconduct can tarnish the reputation of all officers but he praised officers from both departments for their professionalism in responding to the report and arresting the suspect. Regan is accused of assaulting his wife late Monday night, resulting in injuries that required medical attention. The woman reported the assault to Portland Police Capt. Vernon Malloch on Tuesday and Regan was arrested at 8 p.m. Tuesday a short distance from his home, Burton said. Police conducted a search of his house and removed at least one weapon, Baker said. Portland police also required Regan to turn in his police identification and his service weapon. Regan was charged with reckless conduct with a gun and domestic violence assault and released on $500 bail early this morning and ordered to have no contact with the victim. If convicted, it would end his police career because he would be prohibited from carrying a gun... [Full article here]

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    TWO DETECTIVES FACE PROBE AFTER ALLEGED BEATING - PORTLAND POLICE LAUNCH AN INQUIRY AFTER OTHER OFFICERS COME FORWARD WITH DETAILS.
    Portland Press Herald (ME)
    DAVID HENCH
    October 4, 2002
    Two Portland detectives face a criminal investigation after several other officers said the men punched a suspect [Michael Esposito] in the head while he was handcuffed. The two detectives, assigned to the department's drug unit, were placed on administrative leave with pay... Police Chief Michael Chitwood said at a news conference Thursday night that he is disappointed by the alleged misconduct. But he had high praise for the officers who reported it. "The officers who protect our city came forward and said `Hey, there's something wrong and you should look into this.' I think that says a lot for the men and women of the department to come forward"... City Manager Joseph Gray said it was the first time he could remember when officers had initiated a misconduct complaint... Police and city officials did not identify the officers involved Thursday. Earlier police reports of the arrest identified Detectives Patrick DeCourcey and Brian Regan... "One of the detectives entered the back yard, approached Mr. Esposito and allegedly struck Mr. Esposito in the face with a closed fist," Chitwood said Thursday. "At the time he was struck, Mr. Esposito was cooperating with his detention"... Mr. Esposito had appeared to receive additional injuries while in the back of the arrest van with the second detective...
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    MAN WHO SAYS HE WAS BEATEN LET OUT OF JAIL - THE FBI IS INVESTIGATING A SEPT. 26 INCIDENT IN WHICH MICHAEL ESPOSITO WAS ALLEGEDLY BEATEN BY TWO PORTLAND DETECTIVES.
    Portland Press Herald (ME)
    DAVID HENCH
    October 9, 2002
    A man who says Portland Police beat him while he was handcuffed was released from jail Tuesday and may undergo surgery on his eye as early as today, his lawyer said... He said Esposito could undergo surgery as early as today for swelling behind his retina... He also received treatment there for two broken bones in his face... The two agents involved in the arrest, Patrick DeCourcey and Brian Regan , were assigned to monitor Esposito while he was at the hospital the day after his arrest... Esposito told his family that at least one of the agents did talk with Esposito after the arrest. He said it was Esposito's word against the police and it would be worse for him if he complained...
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    POLICEMEN INDICTED IN BEATING CASE - TWO PORTLAND DETECTIVES ARE FACING FELONY CHARGES, ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING A SUSPECT WHO WAS IN HANDCUFFS AFTER A CAR CHASE.
    Portland Press Herald (ME) -
    DAVID HENCH
    November 9, 2002
    Two Portland Police officers accused of beating a handcuffed suspect were indicted Friday on felony charges by a Cumberland County grand jury. Detectives Patrick DeCourcey and Brian Regan , who were assigned to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, are accused of punching Michael Esposito in the face... Friday's felony indictments are the first against a Portland Police officer since 1997, when an officer was indicted and eventually pleaded guilty to taking a bribe to fix a traffic ticket. The latest charges come in the midst of a Justice Department investigation into whether there is a pattern of excessive force... DeCourcey is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly punching Esposito so hard he suffered eye damage while the two were alone in the back of a police wagon. DeCourcey also faces charges of assaulting Esposito's girlfriend by pulling her from a car by the hair and threatening to break her neck. Regan is charged with tampering with a witness for allegedly threatening Esposito if he complained about his treatment, as well as misdemeanor assault for allegedly hitting Esposito while he was handcuffed. Both remain free, on administrative leave with pay...
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    MAN TO SUE POLICE , CITY FOR $4.8 MILLION - MICHAEL ESPOSITO ALLEGES TWO OFFICERS BEAT HIM AFTER A CAR CHASE OTHER OFFICERS BACK HIS CLAIM.
    Portland Press Herald (ME) -
    DAVID HENCH
    November 20, 2002
    A man who says he was beaten by two Portland Police officers while handcuffed has filed notice that he plans to sue the officers and the city for $4.8 million. Michael Esposito's girlfriend, Jessica Blanchard, also has filed a $500,000 notice of claim, saying she was dragged from a car by her hair and threatened... Regan is charged with simple assault and tampering with a witness, a felony. DeCourcey is charged with aggravated assault - a felony - and assault. Both plan to plead innocent when arraigned later this month... When Regan arrived, according to the notice of claim, he kicked Esposito in the head and punched him twice in the head. The notice says Esposito was then taken in a police van TO ANOTHER LOCATION, where DeCourcey climbed into the back, leaving the door slightly ajar. There, DeCourcey punched Esposito in the face five times, the claim says. When Esposito arrived at the Cumberland County Jail, jail officials refused to accept him because of injuries to his left eye, which were complicated because he is a hemophiliac. He was hospitalized for the next 2 1/2 days. Esposito suffered a broken bone in his face and has double vision in that eye, the claim says. It also says he suffers from nightmares, insomnia and stress. Esposito's lawyer, Clifford Strike, could not be reached for comment...
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    PORTLAND POLICE HIT WITH TWO NEW SUITS - TWO PEOPLE WHO WERE ARRESTED LAST YEAR NOW CLAIM THEY SUFFERED INJURIES AND HUMILIATION.
    Portland Press Herald (ME) -
    DAVID HENCH
    January 8, 2003
    ...Regan also is named as a defendant in Robert Wing's notice of claim, which was filed in December and concerns his arrest in June. Wing, who is seeking $1 million, alleges that police - some of whom are Portland officers assigned to the MDEA - slammed his face into the pavement, knocking out six teeth. The claim says he needed surgery and now requires false teeth... "There's never been any complaint filed. There's never been anything filed," [Portland Police Chief Michael] Chitwood said. "There's nothing here that indicates he went to the hospital or received treatment"...
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    PORTLAND FACES NEW LAWSUIT OVER ALLEGED POLICE ABUSE - THE TWO OFFICERS BEING ACCUSED HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT IN ANOTHER CASE.
    Portland Press Herald (ME) -
    DAVID HENCH
    April 15, 2003
    Two Portland Police detectives facing felony assault charges for their treatment of a drug suspect may be the subjects of a lawsuit alleging that they used unnecessary force during an Old Port arrest one day later. James J. Ellis of South Portland has filed notice that he intends to sue Portland for the behavior of Detectives Patrick DeCourcey and Brian Regan . Ellis says the two men arrested and beat him without provocation on Sept. 27, 2002, while they were working an overtime detail in the Old Port...
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    CHARGES AGAINST TWO OFFICERS REDUCED - TWO FELONY CHARGES ARE DROPPED IN PORTLAND , LEAVING ONLY MISDEMEANOR COUNTS.
    Portland Press Herald (ME)
    GREGORY D. KESICH
    June 10, 2003
    Felony charges against two Portland Police officers charged with beating a handcuffed suspect were dropped before the jury filed into Cumberland County Superior Court... Detectives Patrick DeCourcey and Brian Regan still face charges of misdemeanor assault and criminal threatening that could land them in jail for up to a year. But convictions would not automatically mean the end of their law enforcement careers... DeCourcey is charged with two counts of assault for allegedly punching Esposito and grabbing Jessica Blanchard, Esposito's girlfriend, by the hair. He also faces a charge of criminal threatening for allegedly telling Blanchard he would break her neck. Regan faces one charge of assault for allegedly punching Esposito when he was lying on the ground...
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    CITY DETECTIVES TESTIFY PUNCHES WERE JUSTIFIED TO CALM UNRULY SUSPECT - TODAY, JURORS WILL BEGIN DELIBERATING WHETHER TO BELIEVE THE SUSPECT WHO WAS BEATEN OR THE TWO PORTLAND OFFICERS ACCUSED OF ASSAULT.
    Portland Press Herald (ME) -
    GREGORY D. KESICH
    June 13, 2003
    Portland Police Detectives Brian Regan and Patrick DeCourcey, speaking publicly for the first time since being charged with crimes, took the witness stand in their assault trial... On Wednesday, two patrolmen testified that they saw an enraged Regan run past them and jump on Esposito's back and punch him around the face and head. Esposito was lying on his stomach, handcuffed, after being arrested... Regan , who is assigned to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, testified that he was running to Esposito for two reasons: He wanted to be sure the man on the ground was the driver of the chase car, and he wanted to question him about drug activities... Regan said he then rolled Esposito over on his back, but he continued to thrash on the ground. Regan said he looked over his shoulder and saw another officer, Patrolman Mark Teceno, grinding his foot on Esposito's testicles, asking, "Where are the drugs?"... Teceno said he was standing at the feet of a docile, handcuffed Esposito when Regan ran up and began punching the suspect. Teceno said he stepped on Esposito's groin later, when he felt Esposito was ignoring his order to stand up and the officer needed to "get his attention"...
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    JURY CLEARS DETECTIVES OF ASSAULT - PATRICK DECOURCEY AND BRIAN REGAN STILL FACE AN INTERNAL POLICE INVESTIGATION AND A CIVIL LAWSUIT.
    Portland Press Herald (ME)
    GREGORY D. KESICH
    June 14, 2003
    A jury took less than two hours Friday to acquit Portland detectives Patrick DeCourcey and Brian Re- gan of all charges in their criminal assault trial in Cumberland County Superior Court... Portland Police Chief Michael Chitwood said an internal affairs investigation that was put on hold while the officers were prosecuted will be reopened Monday... The detectives did not seem worried about that investigation when they spoke briefly with reporters outside the courthouse... Regan said he hoped to return to work soon. "It would be nice to have my badge back," he said... Officer Benjamin Moreland, who had just finished his first month with the Portland Police Department, said he turned away in disgust when he saw Regan run up to Esposito and punch him in the right side of the head. Officer Tim Farris said he saw Regan jump on Esposito and left when he saw the detective throw a punch. Officer Mark Teceno, who put a compliant Esposito in handcuffs before Regan ran to the scene, gave the most damaging testimony, claiming Regan jumped on Esposito's back and punched him several times in the back, head and neck...
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    OFFICER DEMOTED ON HIS RETURN - PORTLAND POLICE DECIDE BRIAN REGAN , ACQUITTED OF CRIMINAL ASSAULT, USED FORCE INAPPROPRIATELY.
    Portland Press Herald (ME)
    JOSIE HUANG
    August 5, 2003
    ...Regan , who "admitted that he did what he did," must get several weeks of firearms training and familiarize himself with any new regulations before a supervisor will assign him to a new beat as a patrolman... The chief said he would not characterize Regan 's behavior as "excessive force." But he said Regan "didn't use other methods that could have been available to him"... Sarah Churchill, one of Esposito's attorneys, said it was worrisome that Regan had not been fired...
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    PORTLAND OFFICER DOESN'T BELONG BACK ON THE FORCE - OTHER OFFICERS TESTIFIED HE BEAT A HANDCUFFED SUSPECT. THAT MAKES HIM UNSUITABLE FOR DUTY.
    Portland Press Herald (ME)
    August 6, 2003
    Portland Police Officer Brian Regan, recently acquitted of brutality charges in a jury trial, is being reinstated to duty now that an internal affairs investigation into his conduct has been concluded... He should have been dismissed from the force. That may seem harsh, but consider the facts: Multiple witnesses, including his fellow officers, testified under oath that he punched a handcuffed suspect while that person was lying face down on the ground...
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    FORGET COP TRIAL, SEND BILL STRAIGHT TO CITY TAXPAYERS
    Portland Press Herald (ME) -
    Author: Bill Nemitz staff writer
    August 6, 2003
    He's undoubtedly glad to get his job back - even if it means a demotion from star detective to beat patrol officer. But as Brian Regan resumes what's left of his law enforcement career, he's at least a shoo-in for a small but growing fraternity within the Portland Police Department. The Six-Figure Cop Club. No, that's not what they make. It's what their inability to follow the rules ends up costing city taxpayers...
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    CITY OFFICER IN BEATING CASE TAKES PAY, RESIGNS - Patrick DeCourcey avoids the disciplinary process and receives $27,500 in back pay.
    Portland Press Herald (ME) -
    DAVID HENCH
    September 5, 2003
    Portland paid $27,500 in back pay and benefits in exchange for the resignation of a police officer accused of punching a handcuffed suspect in the head. Patrick DeCourcey, a nine-year veteran of the department, signed an agreement Wednesday night that will pay him all the wages he lost while on unpaid leave for six months after being indicted in November by a Cumberland County grand jury on assault charges. A jury acquitted DeCourcey and co-defendant Brian Regan in June of charges that the two officers criminally assaulted Michael Esposito, a drug suspect, a year ago after a high-speed chase...
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  2. i know about this cop. he was previously accused of using excessive force in beating a criminal suspect. there are many corrupt cops in portland maine. i have been dealing with a corrupt one myself lately named Dan Aguilera. he has falsely arrested and charged me, perjured himself against my name, as well as falsified police reports.

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