What's in it for The New London Day to not fully report? I smell unwholesome alliances.
The judge did not issue the restraining order because he said Velez and his recent alleged victim go back and forth with seeing each other. I've been thinking. If, as was earlier published in The New London Day, that all of the prior charges against Velez didn't stick "because the witnesses were afraid to testify" - why should the judge or any reader believe that the rendition of events attested to in court by the alleged victim now is made of her own free will?
Does the court even try to know what's going on? Does The New London Day ask?
Why is this man retiring instead of being fired? Why isn't The New London Day asking how sweet Velez's retirement package is? (I have to concede though that without The New London Day nothing at all would be known.)
NOTHING IS BETTER in Velez walking out the door - except that the NLPD will no longer be liable for a wrongful death lawsuit if he kills someone. New London citizens are still stuck with a police department that tolerates an officer like Velez, the city is ready to pay him for the rest of his life, the courts seem to be a facade of legal justice, and those who fear will continue to jump at every bump in the night, still startle at every blowing leaf.
Things wills stay that way until the news presses for all the answers. For victims of officer-involved domestic violence the media is the only real hope for change.
- [CT] GUN-TO-WIFE'S-HEAD & ARRESTED-6-TIMES-FOR-DV-OFFICER VELEZ WINS BACKPAY...How could the department fail to follow up after Milford police alleged that the officer threatened to kill his ex-wife with his department-issued firearm? More to the point, how could Police Chief Bruce Rinehart have said that there was an internal investigation? The public now learns... that no such investigation was done... "The charges were dropped in all of the cases because the witnesses were afraid to testify"... Velez's personnel records show that he has been the target of eight internal police probes, four supervisor complaints and 15 civilian complaints concerning his behavior with women, his police work and his dealings with the public. He has also had six restraining orders filed against him by four women...
- [CT] OFFICER VELEZ, ARRESTED 6 TIMES FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ON LEAVE FOR THREATENING TO KILL GIRLFRIEND ALLEGATION - ...The restraining orders, which name [Velez's girlfriend's] young sons and Velez's elderly mother as protected persons, will remain in effect until Sept. 30, when a hearing on the matter is scheduled in Superior Court in Norwich... He has been arrested six times for domestic violence incidents... his estranged wife alleged he had beaten and sexually assaulted her and threatened to shoot her with his police-issued pistol. The case was dismissed and Velez, who had been suspended from duty, was reinstated with back pay. He divorced the woman while the case was pending...
- [CT] NO INTERNAL PROBE ON OFFICER VELEZ - ARRESTED 6 TIMES FOR DV - INCLUDING THREATS TO KILL - New London police didn't conduct an internal investigation of Police Officer Genaro Velez Jr.'s charge that he threatened to kill ("empty my clip" into) his ex-wife and any family member that that gets in his way...
VELEZ RESTRAINING ORDERS DENIED
Judge's ruling could clear New London officer to return to duty
By Karen Florin
Published on 10/1/2009
A Norwich judge refused to issue restraining orders Wednesday against New London police officer Genaro Velez and the woman he was dating. Judge Joseph H. Goldberg said he could not make a finding that there is “a continuous threat of physical harm to either party... They've had disputes and then they kissed and made up,” Goldberg said after hearing testimony from Velez, [M.P.] and others. He did advise both of them to stay away from each other... Judge Goldberg listened to testimony to determine whether it would be necessary to issue full restraining orders. He made his finding after listening to both of them and to Velez's sister, Pellott's mother and a man who said he had seen an altercation between the couple in a downtown parking lot. Though the couple claimed to have broken up on Sept. 6, both admitted they had lunch and dinner on [M.P.]'s birthday, which was Sept. 11, and that they traveled to New York City together the next day. [M.P.] said she told Velez many times that she did not want to be with him, but that he “turned around to be nice to me and said I'll never do it (abuse her) again.” They had another altercation on the 17th, but Velez said he met [M.P.] at her workplace and walked her to her car the next day... [Full article here]
NEW LONDON OFFICER INVOLVED IN DOMESTIC INCIDENT RETIRES
Genaro Velez, 27-year veteran, had been arrested six times
By Michael Naughton
Published on 10/9/2009
[Excerpts] New London - City police officer Genaro Velez, who was recently the subject of an internal investigation after allegedly making threats against a former girlfriend, has retired from the department... He was about to return to patrol duty after being assigned to inside duty while he was involved in a restraining order battle with a former girlfriend. The internal investigations involving Velez will end, police officials said. ”Any open investigations as of right now are closed because he is no longer an employee of the City of New London,” said Capt. William D. Dittman, a police spokesman... ”It was time to move on to better things,” he said. “I retired on my own. Nobody forced me to retire. It's not that they were going to fire me. … Sometimes you have to think and make decisions, and that's what I did... I have no beef with the administration,” he said. “I never intended in a million years to put the department through any embarrassment, but it happened and it was beyond my control”... Velez has been arrested six times for alleged domestic violence incidents, most recently in 2004 when his estranged wife alleged he had beaten and sexually assaulted her and threatened to shoot her with his police-issued pistol. He has never been convicted... [Full article here]
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