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[ME] Demoted-from-detective Officer Regan feels justified for firing gun, assaulting Heidi

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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...

WHILE POLICE, COURT SYSTEM, AND THE MEDIA ARE AGAIN CIRCLING AROUND REGAN AS THE STAR OF HIS SHOW - HIS CAREER, HIS CHARGES, & THE OUTLOOK FOR HIS FUTURE, WHO IS ATTENDING TO AND ENCIRCLING HEIDI? WHERE IS SHE? DOES ANYONE ASK OR ASSURE THAT SHE IS SAFE... THAT SHE HAS EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO BE ALRIGHT? HOW FAR INTO THIS DO WE GO BEFORE THE VICTIM'S SAFETY IS AN ISSUE? BACK IN 2002 OTHER OFFICERS REPORTED THAT REGAN BEAT A HANDCUFFED MAN, AND HE TOLD THE NOW HALF-BLINDED, NOW HALF TOOTHLESS, RAW-MEAT-EXPOSED MAN, "DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT COMPLAINING ABOUT THIS OR NEXT TIME IT WILL BE WORSE,". DETECTIVE BRIAN REGAN WAS ACQUITTED, THEN DEMOTED. WHAT WOULD THAT SIGNIFY TO YOU IF YOU WERE HIS WIFE? SEE COMMENTS SECTION FOR EXCERPTS FROM REGAN'S VIOLENT HISTORY AND THE MINOR RESPONSE TO IT. I BELIEVE IT DIRECTLY IMPLICATES THE CHIEF AS PARTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR REGAN'S INFLATED IDEA OF WHAT HE CAN DO AND GET AWAY WITH.

Maine police officer indicted on felony charges
WBZ, MA
10 May 2008 11:40:03 GMT
A 14-year veteran of the Portland Police Department has been indicted on five charges arising from an alleged assault on his wife at their Westbrook home in March. Brian Regan faces felony charges of reckless conduct with a weapon and criminal threatening with a weapon. He was also indicted on misdemeanor counts of assault, criminal threatening and domestic violence assault. The 39-year-old Regan maintains that his wife, Heidi, attacked him and he acted in self-defense. Heidi Regan did not return a call seeking comment. Since his arrest, Brian Regan has been on administrative leave with pay.

Portland officer indicted

MaineToday.com, Portland Press Herald
By Trevor Maxwell
May 09, 2008
A grand jury in Cumberland County today indicted Brian Regan, a Portland police officer arrested on March 18 for allegedly assaulting his wife and firing a gun at the couple’s home in Westbrook. The formal charges include two felony counts, for reckless conduct with a weapon and criminal threatening with a weapon. Regan also faces misdemeanor charges for assault, criminal threatening and domestic violence assault. Regan, 39, maintains that his wife attacked him and he acted in self-defense. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay. Regan is scheduled to appear in court on May 27.

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  1. 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...

    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... "It's important for society at large to realize police officers are not above the law, that the law applies to everybody... Technically, they're both facing up to 10 years. We're not going to be looking for that kind of disposition in this case," she [Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson] said. 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, pending their arraignment later this month. Both men plan to plead innocent... Regan 's charge of tampering with a witness stems from his statement to Esposito, to the effect of "Don't even think about complaining about this or next time it will be worse," Anderson said... Esposito's lawyer, Clifford Strike, said the officers involved deserve jail time. "When you consider the conduct that's alleged here, which is beating somebody about the face after they were in handcuffs and defenseless, for that to be allowed and not have some kind of penal consequence would do nothing about sending any kind of message to the community about the rightfulness or wrongfulness of the conduct," Strike said.... DeCourcey's lawyer, Richard Berne, said the case against his client basically hinges on the testimony of Esposito - "a man," he said, "of very questionable credibility with an extensive criminal record. I think it will become clear his testimony is not to be believed"...

    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
    ..."This is the first case I've been involved in where city employees have been indicted and charged with crimes when there's a related civil case that could also lead to damages and judgments against the employees and the city," said Gary Wood, Portland 's lawyer. "Just as importantly, a key part of the case at least leading to the indictment was evidence and eyewitness testimony from other employees," which increases the credibility of the misconduct complaints... 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. The charges stem from a high-speed car chase into the city's West End at 9 p.m. on Sept. 26. Esposito ran from his girlfriend's car and hid in a back yard. Two patrol officers found him and handcuffed him. 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...

    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
    Portland Police face two more brutality allegations, one from a man who says his teeth were knocked out during a drug arrest last June and another from a woman who says she was dragged out the fire-escape window at her apartment in May... The most serious allegations so far have been made against two Portland detectives assigned to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Detectives Patrick DeCourcey and Brian Regan have been indicted on felony charges in connection with the alleged beating in September of Michael Esposito, a suspect in a drug investigation. Authorities say the officers punched Esposito after he was handcuffed, injuring his eye. Esposito's lawyer has filed a notice of claim seeking $4.8 million from the department and the two officers. 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.... Wing's attorney said: "Though Mr. Wing was lying face down in a puddle with his hands behind his back, Officer Regan repeatedly forced Mr. Wing's face and mouth into the ground, resulting in several broken teeth, exposed nerves and profuse bleeding from his mouth"... In the earlier case, Regan is accused of punching Esposito while he was handcuffed, then threatening him if he complained...

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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 on Monday for the first day of the officers' trial. 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... Lawyers for DeCourcey and Regan said Esposito was a drug addict, thief and police informant who lied about the extent of his injuries and exaggerated the amount of force that was used when he was arrested by the two officers...

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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
    ...Today, jurors will be asked to decide if the detectives committed any crimes that night. Their verdict will likely rest on whether they believe the two nine-year, much-decorated veterans of the police department or the admitted drug addict and petty thief Esposito. 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...

    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...

    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
    One of two Portland Police detectives who were acquitted of beating a handcuffed drug suspect has returned to work for the first time since he was accused of criminal assault 10 months ago. But Brian Regan , who was suspended without pay for six of those months, did not get his old job back on Monday. Police Chief Michael Chitwood demoted him on Aug. 1, after internal affairs investigators found that Regan had violated department policy and inappropriately used force against Michael Esposito... Critics of the police department said the penalties weren't enough to reassure the public that police brutality was not a problem in the department... "Our concern with the outcome with Regan is that other officers will see that their jobs are not at risk for assaulting someone," said Louise Roback, executive director of the Maine Civil Liberties Union. "It seems that the police chief is not sending a very strong message to the department that police officers may not engage in such atrocious misconduct," Roback said... Despite damaging testimony from other police officers who were on the scene that night, a Cumberland County Superior Court jury dropped all criminal charges against the detectives on June 17. The police department made a different judgment because it holds itself to a stricter standard, according to Chitwood. "As an organization, when we had all the facts, we felt that it could have been handled differently at the scene that night," Chitwood said. 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," such as verbal commands... Sarah Churchill, one of Esposito's attorneys, said it was worrisome that Regan had not been fired. But she said the police department's acknowledgement that Regan had violated department policy will help the claim against him...

    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...

    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... 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... Police officers have to maintain control of their actions under very trying circumstances, in situations where other people might easily lose their tempers. That doesn't excuse any violence, but it does show how much more is demanded of a sworn, highly trained peace officer. Those who cannot meet that standard of self-control do not belong on Portland 's streets with guns and the power of arrest...

    Portland Police Officer Arrested
    WMTW, ME
    March 19, 2008
    Portland police Officer Brian Regan was arrested by Westbrook police Tuesday night and charged with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault. Police said the weapon was a gun, but was not Regan's service revolver. The incident happened Monday night and involved his wife. She was taken to the hospital where she was treated and released. Officer Regan was released on $500 bail... In 2003, Regan and another Portland detective, Patrick DeCoursey, were acquitted of police brutality charges. A jury found both men not guilty of assaulting Michael Esposito while he was handcuffed.
    http://www.wmtw.com/news/15642235/detail.html#

    UPDATE: 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...
    http://news.mainetoday.com/updates/024000.html

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