Dozens of supporters of Police Lieutenant David Daniels on Friday night protested his recent removal as head of the Community Services Division with a rally at the Margaret Morton Government Center on Broad Street followed by a march to Police Headquarters a few blocks away.
Ernie Newton, a candidate for the State Senate seat he once occupied, was among the marchers urging Police Chief Joe Gaudett to restore Daniels to the position that serves as a key communication bridge with neighborhoods. “He knows the people in the neighborhoods and the people know him,” says Newton of Daniels. Sources say Daniels was transferred out of the community services role over a series of events including a verbal altercation he had with a woman at a neighborhood meeting. Daniels provides some insight with issues he had with city brass in several entries on his Facebook page prior to his transfer.
On June 4, Daniels wrote:
I’m not a politician, I Don’t support any person running for any political office and never have, my job is such that I have to work with any and every elected official here in this city, the state and country as well, and that has been the hallmark of my service of over 24 years as a Law Enforcement official, but I gotta say that I have never seen this many POTS calling the KETTLE black until this year…just sayin!!!!!smh.
On June 18, he wrote:
Recent events make this necessary, and to pin this disclaimer to my profile at this point, “The statements I make, My random thoughts and my opinions that I may share with you are MY OWN PERSONAL THOUGHTS and do not necessarily reflect those of the City of Bridgeport Ct and The Bridgeport Police Department my employer, and if you want to quote anything I say here make sure you inject that it is me personally”, Thank you.
On June 24, he wrote:
Wow, busy day yesterday from end to end, Attended the City Hall Annex Name dedication to the New Margaret E. Morton Government Center, last time I commented on this I got called into the office.
Daniels had apparently questioned the motives of city officials renaming the City Hall Annex in honor of Margaret Morton, the first African American woman to serve in the Connecticut Legislature, the reference to being “called into the office.” Daniels is scheduled for reassignment to a midnight patrol shift.