“Scarred” And Barred, Ex-Chief Perez Recalls Inhumane Incarceration–Plus: Ganim Had ‘Nothing To Do’ With Perez’s Crimes

Update–Perez: Ganim had nothing to do with his crimes.

“The mayor had nothing to do with it,” Perez testified last month in state Superior Court in Hartford. “It was David (Dunn) and I.”

Original story: Shortly after former Police Chief Armando Perez checked into federal prison it wasn’t long before he felt his mortality checking out.

Expecting the more relaxed confines of a federal prison camp, the place for non-violent offenders, he was locked into isolation, a Covid prison protocol for new arrivals, subjected to obtuse hacks, disconnected from his family.

The same happened to his co-conspirator David Dunn, the city’s former personnel director who was also charged with rigging a police chief test to benefit Perez.

Both are trying to fend off an effort by the state to poach their pensions based on a duty-performance crime law.

When Perez and Dunn received relatively short federal sentences for their conduct, the clueless meowing do-gooders were outraged beyond recognition.

How could this happen! they shouted derisively, a short stay in club fed.

If it’s such a nice club–my usual rejoinder to the fantastical superiority–why don’t you join it?

CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart has more:

Former Police Chief Armando Perez’s eight-month incarceration in the federal prison system did not begin as he had expected.

Given his age then — 65 — and his crimes — cheating to become Bridgeport’s top cop and lying to the FBI about it — Perez was supposed to be incarcerated at the minimum-security Gilmer camp in Glenville, W. Va.

Upon his arrival in May 2021, however, the fallen law enforcer was, instead, temporarily housed in Gilmer’s medium-security prison.

“They put me in a prison cell, by myself. They gave me a mattress that smelled like urine, two blankets, a sheet and three towels, little small toothbrush and some liquid soap and that was it,” Perez testified last month during a court hearing in Hartford to help determine whether his crimes will also cost him and his family his annual $102,000 municipal pension.

Attorney General William Tong is pursuing a lawsuit to revoke or reduce Perez’s pension under a 2008 state law, which puts that benefit in jeopardy if a public employee commits certain work-related crimes. Perez’s attorney, Robert Frost Jr., is seeking a reduction of no more than 15 percent.

Full story here.



    1. I don’t know Rich, I get the spirit of the law. Though I didn’t read it. As for political corruption, I think kid-backs and financial gain. Cheating on a test, getting hooked up for a job, IDK.

      I mean I know AJ wasn’t the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but he didn’t defraud the city and taxpayers for ill-gotten gains. He got a job under less than ethical/qualified circumstances (hooded-up). It would be like Garcia’s losing her pension because of G2’s illegal appointment her to acting Chief. Should she or G2 lose their pension based on employment?

      This is somewhat borderline patronism/hook-up for a job. To lose your life’s pension your life’s work for being hooked up on a job. IDK

      As retarded as it was, knowing he was already being hooked up for the job, why were they even bothered, the fix was in. SMH. Besides, wasn’t he already retired and collecting his pension? I can see him losing his benefits that pertain to the appointment/chief of police. I mean would he lose his
      Bridgeport/police pension if this happened, let’s say in another city where he was applying for the chief of police, under the same circumstances, cheated to get the job?

      At any rate, the Lord gives it and the Lord take it away. 🤣

  1. Despite the alleged large amount of money flowing to the 2023 Ganim for Mayor campaign, there is wider knowledge of dissatisfaction from diverse quarters as to his leadership of Bridgeport that is obvious.

    Where is the examination of what went wrong exactly with City functions dealing with personnel, acting positions long ignored before becoming permanent that were instead politicized to the detriment of Civil Service framework, union negotiations give backs, and failure to adopt modern human resource quality practices? Dunn and Perez have faced the rule of law and been judged. Where is the Mayor doing “street cleaning” in the administrative departments that can be observed from folks walking on City streets? Where is a picture of the restructuring mentioned in the Gomes termination? Yes, Chief Porter is finally in a place he could have been some time ago, based on self-education, practical experience, and personal discipline, but what incentives for growth in a position, or on the job, are part of Bridgeport’s routine employment framework? Time will tell.

  2. I can’t believe that I live in a city as thoroughly corrupt as this and there is no effort to organize and throw these bums out. I’m not talking primarily about the police, although the police union in Bridgeport is a disgrace, I’m talking about Mayor Ganim and the myriad of city council members and Democratic Town Committee members who at the very least, go along to get along and in doing so, facilitate the madness and dysfunction that is this city’s political process. It must be that people don’t realize just how powerful we can be if we worked together to organize our streets and our neighborhoods, recruited honest, capable people to run for public office and supported them with a robust grassroots organization of concerned citizens. The generational corruption, endured by the people of Bridgeport is not a given. It only exists because we allow it to exist through our inaction and it will melt away like ice on a hot sidewalk, the moment we decide to do something about it. Organize and Vote !!!


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