After a befuddling week away from the job during a heightened national media blitz, news-shy Acting Police Chief Rebeca Garcia has issued a letter to the Police Commission regarding her department’s investigative handling of the deaths of two women decried by families of the respective losses.
From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
Acting Police Chief Rebeca Garcia has responded to criticism of the probes into two women’s deaths, but it appears unlikely–at least for now–that her thoughts will be shared with the public.
The chief, who recently went on vacation, has written a letter to the city’s police commissioners detailing her and her department’s handling of the probes into the untimely deaths of two Black women, Lauren Smith-Fields and Brenda Lee Rawls–investigations that drew national headlines last month and criticism from the mayor.
As of Wednesday, City Hall said the top cop’s correspondence, disseminated Tuesday to the mayoral-appointed police commission ahead of its regularly scheduled Feb. 15 meeting, would remain under wraps.
Danny Roach, who is employed by the city as an aide to Mayor Joe Ganim and is also the commission’s longtime chairman, confirmed he received a four-page letter Tuesday from Garcia “as to the version of events as she saw them” and forwarded it to fellow commission members ahead of their meeting next Tuesday.
Full story here.