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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

[CT] Lt. McCarty fired after letting Cpt. Edwards re-assault his girlfriend

...Officials say McCarty failed to follow departmental policies when he was called to a suspected domestic violence incident last month involving Police Capt. Michael Edwards... An internal affairs report shows McCarty omitted important details of the incident when he contacted a superior officer. The report says McCarty also left the scene and allowed Edwards to return to his girlfriend's apartment, where she was again assaulted...

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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 POLICE BRUTALITY CASE THAT INVOLVED EDWARDS BECAUSE THERE IS NO MENTION OF THE CASE IN HIS PERSONNEL FILE... IN THE CALL, POLICE SAID, [VICTIM] COULD BE HEARD SAYING EDWARDS "BIT" OR "HIT" HER... THE ARREST AFFIDAVIT NOTES THAT, AFTER RETURNING TO [VICTIM]'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...

Waterbury police lieutenant fired
WPRI
Posted July 16, 2008
7:58 AM
A Waterbury police lieutenant has been fired for his handling of a domestic violence incident that involved a former police captain. Police Superintendent Neil O'Leary says Lt. Greg McCarty, an 11-year veteran of the force, was fired Tuesday after an internal affairs investigation and a disciplinary hearing. Officials say McCarty failed to follow departmental policies when he was called to a suspected domestic violence incident last month involving Police Capt. Michael Edwards, a former Waterbury officer who was fired last week. An internal affairs report shows McCarty omitted important details of the incident when he contacted a superior officer. The report says McCarty also left the scene and allowed Edwards to return to his girlfriend's apartment, where she was again assaulted. [LINK]

Waterbury police lieutenant fired
By Jon Shugarts Republican-American
July 16, 2007
[Excerpts] ...According to an internal affairs report released by the department on Tuesday, [Lt. Greg] McCarty omitted important details of the incident when he contacted a superior officer. McCarty also left the scene and allowed [Police Capt. Michael] Edwards to return to his girlfriend's apartment, making it possible for another alleged assault to occur, the report concluded. "This is a very isolated incident. The men and women of the Waterbury Police Department are amongst the most highly trained in the state and the most professional," Police Superintendent Neil O'Leary said Tuesday. "This is a black, isolated eye that was dealt with severely"... According to the department's code of conduct, McCarty should have notified [Asst. Deputy Chief, David] Jannetty as soon as he realized that a police officer was involved and allowed Jannetty to take command at the scene. He also led Jannetty to believe that the incident was minor, and failed to say that [victim] had accused Edwards of hitting her... In addition, investigators concluded that after McCarty heard the [911] tape, he failed to elevate the call to a domestic violence incident, and then ignored procedures by allowing Edwards to stay with [victim]. That decision may have factored into a subsequent incident, in which [victim] accused Edwards of holding her down on a bed and elbowing her in the face later that night. "He should have removed Edwards from the scene; he should have taken him out of there,"O'Leary said. "By him leaving, it allegedly allowed Edwards to commit a second assault on the victim"... McCarty questioned [victim] within earshot of Edwards... He also failed to ask questions about their relationship that are necessary when an officer suspects domestic violence has occurred, the report concluded. It's unclear whether the Waterbury Police Union will file a grievance on McCarty's behalf contesting his termination... Edwards, a 19-year veteran of the force, was fired last week after an internal affairs investigation concluded that he exhibited behavior unbecoming an officer in connection with the incident. He also will appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Aug. 14 to face assault and unlawful restraint charges in connection with the incident involving [victim]. [Full article here]

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