- [CT] Cpt. Edwards fired after 4th crime of violence. [2 recent dv arrests] - ...AFTER RETURNING TO [VICTIMS]'S HOME, [CPT.] EDWARDS HIT HER IN THE FACE WITH HIS ELBOW FOR CALLING THE POLICE...
- [CT] Lt. McCarty fired after letting Cpt. Edwards re-assault his girlfriend - ...OFFICIALS SAY [LT.] MCCARTY FAILED TO FOLLOW DEPARTMENTAL POLICIES WHEN HE WAS CALLED TO A SUSPECTED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT LAST MONTH INVOLVING POLICE CAPT. MICHAEL EDWARDS... MCCARTY ALSO LEFT THE SCENE AND ALLOWED EDWARDS TO RETURN TO HIS GIRLFRIEND'S APARTMENT, WHERE SHE WAS AGAIN ASSAULTED...
- [CT] Waterbury police "soul searching" & retraining after domestic firings - ...THE BEHAVIOR OF THE THREE OFFICERS HAS TRIGGERED SOME SOUL-SEARCHING AMONG THE LEADERS OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, LEADING TO DEPARTMENT-WIDE RETRAINING, REVISIONS TO POLICY AND A CLOSER LOOK AT HOW THE CITY'S POLICE HANDLE CALLS THAT INVOLVE THEIR OWN MEMBERS. "IF YOU'RE NOT LEARNING FROM THE INCIDENTS, YOU'RE NOT DOING ANYONE ANY FAVORS," SAID POLICE SUPERINTENDENT NEIL O'LEARY....
Feb 20, 2009
[Excerpts] A Waterbury police officer who was fired for his handling of a domestic violence complaint against a police captain is being allowed to return to the force. City officials say Greg McCarty will be demoted from lieutenant to sergeant and will waive about $35,00 in back pay. AN INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATION SHOWED THAT MCCARTY WAITED 90 MINUTES BEFORE NOTIFYING A SUPERIOR THAT POLICE CAPT. MICHAEL EDWARDS WAS THE SUBJECT OF A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COMPLAINT ON JUNE 29, 2008. HE ALSO ALLOWED EDWARDS TO REMAIN IN THE HOME WITH THE ALLEGED VICTIM. Edwards was later fired after being arrested on assault and other charges. Those charges were dismissed after he completed a family violence program... [Full article here]
Excerpts from articles since the last posting:
FORMER WATERBURY POLICE CAPTAIN WANTS TO WITHDRAW FROM FAMILY VIOLENCE PROGRAM
By Jonathan Shugarts
Monday, November 24, 2008 11:58 PM EST
[Excerpts] Michael Edwards, a former city police captain, requested Monday that he be allowed to withdraw from a family violence program ordered after he was charged with assaulting his girlfriend in June. That 22-year-old woman, Samantha Hawley, appeared Monday in Waterbury Superior Court saying she had no objection to letting Edwards bow out early from the program. Edwards, a 19-year member of the department, was arrested in June after Hawley called 911, saying she and Edwards had had an altercation. Police later arrested Edwards after Hawley told detectives he had slapped her in the face and elbowed her in the side of the head. He enrolled in a family violence program in September as part of his sentence and has completed nine required classes, said his attorney Jerry E. Attanasio. People enrolled in the program generally stay in it for a year... If Judge Frank A. Iannotti grants that request, it should lead to a dismissal of the assault, unlawful restraint and breach of peace charges against Edwards. Edwards, 40, was fired from the department in July, but a grievance was filed on his behalf by the department's union. Hearings to determine Edwards' fate with the department are scheduled for mid-December, and Edwards is trying to have the case cleared before those hearings take place. He's also trying to save his pension, said Attanasio... [Full article here]
OFFICER AVOIDS ASSAULT RECORD
Prosecutor sees special treatment in dismissal
Republican-American (Waterbury, CT) - Thursday, January 15, 2009
Author: BY JONATHAN SHUGARTS ; REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
Despite an objection by a state prosecutor, charges of assault and unlawful restraint against fired Waterbury police Capt. Michael Edwards were dismissed Wednesday in Waterbury Superior Court. Edwards, 40, faced charges of third-degree assault, breach of peace and unlawful restraint for what police say was a domestic violence incident last year involving his 22-year-old girlfriend, Samantha Hawley. Hawley made a frantic 911 call to police saying he had either "hit" or "bit" her. Edwards, a 19-year member of the department, was arrested in June 2008 after detectives reviewed Hawley's 911 call, on which she could be heard shouting: "No! No! No! Don't even come near me!" Police later arrested Edwards after Hawley told detectives he slapped her in the face and elbowed her in the side of the head. He was fired by the department about a month later... ACCORDING TO [EDWARDS' ATTORNEY, MARTIN J.] MINNELLA, HIS CLIENT'S RECORD WILL BE CLEARED AND WILL NOT SHOW A CRIMINAL CONVICTION. IN EFFECT, IT WILL BE AS IF HE WERE NEVER ARRESTED. His record will be a key piece of evidence when Edwards appears at a labor arbitration hearing where his fate with the department will be decided... IANNOTTI'S DISMISSAL CAME DESPITE OBJECTIONS BY ASSISTANT STATE'S ATTORNEY KAREN DIEBOLT, who believed Edwards should have to stay in the family violence program for at least a year from the date he was enrolled. SHE TREATED EDWARDS' CASE AS SHE WOULD ANY OTHER THAT CAME BEFORE HER, SHE SAID, BUT, BASED ON MONDAY'S DECISION, BELIEVES HE RECEIVED SPECIAL TREATMENT. [Full article here]
FORMER COP UNDER ARREST - CITY POLICE CAPTAIN VIOLATED PROTECTIVE ORDER
Web title: Former Waterbury police captain arrested again
Republican-American (Waterbury, CT) - Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Author: BY JONATHAN SHUGARTS ; REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
[Excerpts]Michael Edwards, a former city police captain, was arrested Monday after police say he violated a court-issued protective order by contacting a 22-year-old woman who told police Edwards had abused her. Edwards' arrest resulted from an arbitration hearing held for fired police Lt. Greg McCarty, an 11-year veteran of the force. At that hearing, which was held last Thursday, the woman testified Edwards had come to her home in August, disregarding an order to stay away... McCarty was fired after an internal affairs investigation concluded that he failed to follow departmental policies when he was called to the suspected domestic violence incident involving Edwards and Hawley... A LETTER SIGNED BY HAWLEY ALSO WAS SENT TO PROSECUTORS AND THE COURT'S VICTIM ADVOCATE STATING SHE WANTED THE CHARGES DROPPED. HAWLEY TESTIFIED LAST WEEK AT A HEARING HELD TO DETERMINE MCCARTY'S FATE WITH THE DEPARTMENT. SHE WAS PRESENTED WITH THE LETTER,
AND WHILE UNDER OATH SAID SHE DIDN'T WRITE IT...
Hawley said Edwards came to her home on Aug. 10 with the letter already typed and asked her to sign it, Spagnolo said. By going to her home, Edwards violated the protective order, which is what led to his arrest on Monday, police said. "He told her it was the quickest way to end this thing"... Police Superintendent Neil O'Leary said police present at the arbitration hearing had to report what they believed was a violation of the protective order, which is what prompted Edwards' arrest... "If they had done nothing, they would be in violation of the law - they're mandated reporters." [Full article here]