UPDATE: The police news Bill Finch suppressed in his final days as mayor has been released, a retired black police officer has been charged with conspiring to concoct racial hatred in the department in which he claims a black superior Lieutenant Lonnie Blackwell, president of the Guardians minority police organization, put him up to it. Retired Bridgeport Police Lieutenant Ron Bailey, a past president of the Guardians, issued this statement to OIB:
As a past president of the Guardians and knowing personally about this case, I am offended by the recent turn of events. We as African America officers, for that matter any officer, should never compromise our integrity in the manner that has been exposed. I would say this, Clive Higgins has said he was coerced into writing that racial motivated letter. He is telling the truth. I know first-hand he was not the only one approached and asked to do something of that nature. I have also cooperated with all investigative bodies because it was the right thing to do. The investigation is still ongoing so I cannot divulge more than this for now.
From Dan Tepfer, CT Post:
Nine months after a racist letter was disseminated in the Police Department two separate investigations have found a conspiracy to foment racial hatred in the department. A former black officer, who claimed to be a target of the letter, was arrested Wednesday and the head of the police training academy and president of a minority police organization was placed on administrative duty.
Clive Higgins who was cleared by a federal court jury earlier this year of police brutality charges despite a video showing him stomping a prone suspect in Beardsley Park in 2011, surrendered at State Police Troop I in Bethany Wednesday morning. He was charged with second-degree falsely reporting an incident and released on a promise to appear in court pending arraignment in Superior Court on Dec. 16.
Lt. Lonnie Blackwell, president of the Bridgeport Guardians, was relieved of his command of the training academy and placed on administrative duty by Police Chief Joseph Gaudett pending possible firing.
Full story here.