Mayor Joe Ganim, in a YouTube video released by his office on Saturday, is urging immediate action be taken against city Police Officer Steven Figueroa who has been arrested six times including most recently for sexual assault.
Figueroa is currently suspended without pay pending an Internal Affairs investigation involving violations of department policies.
Standing next to City Councilwoman Jeanette Herron and aide Carolyn Vermont, Ganim declared “To watch the process slowly turn when you have a Bridgeport officer who has been arrested six times and I gotta stand here and call up and say ‘why is this taking so long?’ is outrageous. I can’t terminate him myself and we can’t shortcut due process but we can push it and demand action if these allegations are true that he be terminated. As I stand here with a councilwoman who was a victim of domestic violence.”
Ganim’s mayoral opponent State Senator Marilyn Moore has been urging action against Figueroa for more than a month.
“One instance is one too many,” she said in a statement in early July. “But once again we are reminded that it persists when we read about an officer who has three separate charges against him.”
Since that time Figueroa has been arrested twice more by Shelton police including first degree sexual assault. His arrest record goes back to November 2017 for criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. The victim did not cooperate and the charges were dismissed. Most recently he was charged with sexual assault, risk of injury to a child and violating conditions of release.