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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

[CT] Update on Waterbury Police crooked cronies- rehired McCarty & wants-to-be-rehired Edwards

Since the last post: Fired Waterbury Captain Michael Edwards was arrested for violating a domestic violence protective order after visiting his victim to get her to sign a letter to the courts THAT SHE SAYS SHE DID NOT WRITE, & Lt. Greg McCarty - fired for his brotherhood-handling of Cpt Edwards' domestic violence incident - GOT HIS JOB BACK.

Previous entries:
Hartford Courant
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:


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]

Prosecutor sees special treatment in dismissal
Republican-American (Waterbury, CT) - Thursday, January 15, 2009
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]

Web title: Former Waterbury police captain arrested again

Republican-American (Waterbury, CT) - Tuesday, January 27, 2009
[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,
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]


  1. Nice to see someone is exposing these losers! They think they are above the law!!!!!!!!

  2. Someone at this police station made a paperwork error and two officers came to my home and harrased me in trying to fix the mistake on the part of that other person. Several officers were involved in this harrassment to the point of one officer coming close to me at my front door and yelling at me in my face while the other one watched him and did nothing. My teen witnessed this too!! So now do I tell my teen to call the police if she needs help? hmmm. Then another officer lied on the police report made to the court and made up alot of things about the person I called them about. Luckily I was the one who called them for help to begin with so I was able to testify as a victim and have the truth be known to the Judge and proper and fair sentencing was made, which is the RIGHT thing to do! Also, I have this all on video because the policemen that came did not realize that I have a camera facing my front door! I had alot of trust in our police department till then, but now I know there are crooked cops working in our department which is unfortunate to the rest of the Awesome Policemen in the Department that do their best everyday!


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