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Saturday, July 12, 2008

[CT] Cpt. Edwards fired after 4th crime of violence. [2 recent dv arrests]

...POLICE SUPERINTENDENT NEIL O'LEARY SAID HE WAS UNAWARE OF THE [$201G] POLICE BRUTALITY CASE THAT INVOLVED EDWARDS BECAUSE THERE IS NO MENTION OF THE CASE IN HIS PERSONNEL FILE... IN THE CALL, POLICE SAID, [SH] COULD BE HEARD SAYING EDWARDS "BIT" OR "HIT" HER... THE ARREST AFFIDAVIT NOTES THAT, AFTER RETURNING TO [SH]'S HOME, EDWARDS HIT HER IN THE FACE WITH HIS ELBOW FOR CALLING THE POLICE, TELLING HER HE WOULD BE IN TROUBLE WITH HIS JOB... EDWARDS WAS RE-ARRESTED AND CHARGED... ON FRIDAY, CAPT. MICHAEL EDWARDS, A 19-YEAR OFFICER, WAS TERMINATED...

NEWS EXCERPTS FROM JULY 1 THROUGH TODAY, JULY 12:

WATERBURY POLICE CAPTAIN ARRESTED
Waterbury Republican American, CT
By Steve Gambini
July 1, 2008 8:36 AM EDT
Police Capt. Michael Edwards was arrested and charged with domestic assault and breach of peace Monday after detectives investigated a complaint filed early Sunday morning. "As of now he is being placed on suspension with pay pending the completion of the criminal investigation and the internal affairs investigation," said Police Superintendent Neil O'Leary. "That will determine what his fate will be." Edwards surrendered himself at police headquarters Monday afternoon and bond was set at $3,000. Police initially responded to a 911 call... A 22-year-old woman told them that she had been assaulted by Edwards, said O'Leary. No arrests were made after the initial inquiry. "The incident was brought to my attention this morning and after looking at the investigation that was conducted that evening, the victim was re-interviewed today by members of the detective bureau and the internal affairs division. As a result, a warrant was applied for charging Edwards with assault in the third degree and breach of peace." According to the victim's statement, Edwards slapped her in the face once, O'Leary said. Because of an ongoing relationship between the two, O'Leary said, the assault charge is being leveled under the state's domestic violence statute. This is the second time in less than a year that Edwards has found himself in trouble. In October 2007 he was suspended as third shift patrol supervisor after attempting to hunt down Christopher Umstead, who he believed had assaulted his daughter. The quest took Edwards to homes in Naugatuck and Watertown, where residents called in complaints. Umstead ultimately surrendered to police and in March pleaded guilty to assault and criminal trespass. He was given an one-year suspended sentence and three years' probation. Edwards was suspended for 30 days without pay for conduct unbecoming an officer and working on a case involving a family member... [Full article here]

WATERBURY OFFICER ARRESTED AGAIN ON ASSAULT CHARGES
Waterbury Republican American, CT
By Lauresha Xhihani
July 3, 2008
Police arrested one of their own again after a second domestic dispute. Late Wednesday, Police Capt. Michael Edwards was re-arrested on domestic violence charges. He is being charged with third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace and second-degree unlawful restraint. He was being held on $250,000 bond and was due in Waterbury Superior Court today...About two hours after that first assault, Edwards returned to the Platt Street home and physically assaulted the woman a second time, police spokesman Lt. Christopher Corbett said. The new charges stem from the second assault... [Full article here]

WATERBURY POLICE OFFICER ARRAIGNED ON ASSAULT CHARGES
Waterbury Republican American, CT
By Robyn Adams
Jul 3, 2008
WATERBURY -- A high-ranking police officer, who was the defendant in a 1990 police brutality case, was arraigned on assault charges at Waterbury Superior Court on Thursday. Capt. Michael Edwards, a 19-year officer, has been ARRESTED TWICE THIS WEEK IN CONNECTION WITH A DOMESTIC DISPUTE early Sunday morning that involved [alleged victim, SH]... [Lt. Greg] McCarty found Edwards, of Watertown, sitting and [SH] standing in the driveway. She told McCarty the two had argued. McCarty noted in his incident report that [SH] SAID THERE WAS NO PHYSICAL ABUSE OR THREAT OF ABUSE. THAT DIFFERS FROM A REVIEW OF THE 911 CALL by Lt. Christopher Corbett. In the call, [SH] is heard stating "Capt. Michael Edwards is at her house and is refusing to leave." On the tape, Hawley states that Edwards is drunk and that they just had an altercation. Unclear is whether McCarty knew there was an altercation before he arrived. During McCarty's interview with [SH], she told McCarty that she over-reacted and wanted Edwards to return to her home, which he did. STATE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAWS DIRECT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO PREVENT AN INDIVIDUAL FROM RETURNING TO THE SCENE WHERE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HAS BEEN ALLEGED... During another interview with [SH] on Monday evening, [SH] told police that Edwards had slapped her in the face, prompting her 911 call. [SH] told police that she and Edwards had been dating on and off for three years. She told police that Edwards, who is married, was upset with her about talking to an ex-boyfriend. On Wednesday, [SH], who works at a department store in Cheshire, filed a complaint with Cheshire police after Edwards' daughter and a friend went to the store and talked about the alleged assault in the presence of [SH]. [SH] told Cheshire police that the daughter talked aloud to the friend, a few feet away from her, about her father's arrest. According to Hawley, the daughter said her father might lose his job because of this "bitch." Cheshire police contacted the daughter who told them she did not know [SH] worked at the store. After her complaint to the Cheshire police, [SH] was asked to return to the Waterbury Detective Bureau where she told Corbett that she had left out details about what happened after police left her home Sunday. Hawley told Corbett she and Edwards were in bed, facing one another when he flipped her over, jumped on her back and pinned her to the bed while yelling and swearing at her. [SH] said Edwards told her he was already in trouble at work and her complaint would really cause trouble for him. Before getting off her back, Edwards elbowed her across the left side of her face, she told police. Edwards was re-arrested and charged with third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace and second-degree unlawful restraint. He is free on $250,000 bond... In 1990, a year after Edwards was hired as a Waterbury police officer, he arrested James Lee on Hill Street on a drunken driving charge. During the arrest, Lee claimed Edwards beat him with his night stick while a passenger in the car watched. Lee filed a federal lawsuit, and in 1995, a jury awarded him $201,000... Police Superintendent Neil O'Leary said he was unaware of the police brutality case that involved Edwards because there is no mention of the case in his personnel file... [Full article here]

WATERBURY POLICE FIRES CAPT. EDWARDS
Republican-American
By Robyn Adams
July 12, 2008
For the second time in a week, the Waterbury Police Department has fired one of its own for behavior unbecoming an officer. On Friday, Capt. Michael Edwards, a 19-year officer, was terminated, said police spokesman Lt. Christopher Corbett. The firing was based on a domestic incident last month and follows an earlier incident in October that involved Edwards searching outside of Waterbury for a man who he believed had assaulted his daughter... Lt. Martin Macary, president of Waterbury Police Union Local 1237, said a grievance will be filed on Edwards' behalf by Monday. "He was terminated without just cause," said Macary, who attended Edwards' hearing. "We feel we have enough evidence on our side to proceed with a grievance and arbitration."... The 911 call was made at 1:28 a.m. McCarty was dispatched to the home, where he found Edwards sitting and [SH] standing in the driveway. [SH] told McCarty that she and Edwards had argued. [SH] told McCarty that it was OK for Edwards to return to her home, which he did. A police review of the 911 call suggests a different scenario. In the call, police said, [SH] could be heard saying Edwards "bit" or "hit" her... The arrest affidavit notes that, after returning to Hawley's home, Edwards hit her in the face with his elbow for calling the police, telling her he would be in trouble with his job... [Full article here]

2 comments:

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