City Council President Aidee Nieves shares this statement following reassignment of a police captain for allegations he wrote racist texts.
I am appalled and shocked by the allegations that Captain Straubel engaged in derogatory commentary about fellow police officers. If any of these allegations are true, Captain Straubel really has no choice but to resign.
No one who has those types of feelings or expresses them belongs in a police uniform. It puts other law enforcement officers and the community they police at great risk. This is particularly troubling, especially at a time when we have all been working so hard to build trust between the community and the Bridgeport Police Department.
I support Chief Perez’s decision to place Captain Straubel on administrative status pending the outcome of this investigation.
The City Council will work to ensure that the investigatory process is complete, thorough and transparent. Our community has zero tolerance for racism.