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Here you'll find all of the articles, video and documents related to the allegations of corruption in the New London Police Department and the harassment claims by Police Chief Margaret Ackley.
April 15, 2014; Updated: 11:58 pm
The City Council's Finance Committee on Monday reviewed the $8.9 million proposed budget that would pay for the minimum staffing of 80 city police officers required by ordinance.
March 23, 2014; Updated: 12:14 am
The city's police department is one of just three in the state listed as noncompliant with the newly updated anti-racial profiling law, according to a report presented to state legislators last week.
February 19, 2014; Updated: 12:41 pm
Following months of frustration over what appeared to be a lack of interest by federal authorities into civil rights complaints against the New London police department, a member of the state NAACP said there are new encouraging signs that those...
January 4, 2014; Updated: 5:11 pm
The City Council on Monday will review a proposal to adopt a minimum police staffing level to maintain a “viable police force” in the city.
December 26, 2013; Updated: 12:24 am
Deadlines for legal briefs were issued by a judge this week as part of the city's attempt to fight the rehiring of fired New London Police Officer Thomas Northup.
December 17, 2013; Updated: 12:06 am
Newly promoted police Sgt. Matthew Galante might very well have been tracking storms rather than chasing criminals. While sorting through his options as a student at the University of Connecticut, Galante had pursued meteorology as a major, but...
December 7, 2013; Updated: 12:11 am
The police chief has banned the police union’s lawyer from all police buildings, alleging the attorney “went berserk” last month and verbally assaulted her prior to a meeting at the police station.
December 6, 2013; Updated: 12:17 am
Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio fired police Officer David McElroy on Friday, citing McElroy's leaking of a document about an alleged sexual assault and subsequent “untruthful” behavior during an investigation into it.
December 4, 2013; Updated: 12:17 am
Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio claims the police union has spread half-truths about what’s going on behind closed doors between city and police union attorneys — further intensifying the acrimony between the city administration and union.
November 19, 2013; Updated: 12:20 am
Police confirmed on Tuesday that Officer David McElroy, who the union claims is the target of an internal investigation regarding a leak about a reported rape this summer, was placed on administrative leave last month.
October 12, 2013; Updated: 12:19 am
The number of serious crimes dipped in the city again last year despite a severe drop in manpower, and police officials say they are on track to record another drop in 2013.
October 3, 2013; Updated: 10:38 pm
Officers in the New London police union, AFSCME Local 724, will remain at their positions this year after their nominations went unopposed on Thursday.
September 25, 2013; Updated: 12:19 am
Three-year police Officer Jeremy Zelinski has been named the 2013 New London VFW Officer of the Year.
August 16, 2013; Updated: 12:03 am
At the Norwichtown Pet Resort, the New London Police Department's tracking bloodhound Bessie knows nothing of the political battle that has raged this summer over her status in the department that has owned her for the past five years.
August 6, 2013; Updated: 4:15 pm
The Montville Police Department plans to welcome a former New London police officer into its ranks next week.
August 2, 2013; Updated: 12:12 am
In the wake of a sexual assault in the downtown area that was first reported three days after the incident and was never formally reported to the City Council, council President Michael Passero is calling for change.
August 2, 2013; Updated: 12:02 am
The city attorney has advised the City Council it should not approve a proposed ordinance that would require the police department to maintain a four-dog K-9 unit because it violates the charter.
August 1, 2013; Updated: 1:01 pm
Members of the state NAACP and its local chapters expect to meet today with federal criminal justice officials in hopes they are still investigating allegations that a former New London police officer planted drugs at the scene of an arrest in 2010.
July 31, 2013; Updated: 5:26 pm
It was late one night about two weeks ago when a woman reported to police that she had been confronted and dragged into an alley near the municipal parking lots in downtown New London, where she was attacked in a brutal sexual...
July 28, 2013; Updated: 9:47 pm
The numbers of city police officers has dropped to its lowest level in at least a decade, and the recent exodus of officers has cost the city in more ways than one.
July 28, 2013; Updated: 9:45 pm
In his platform, "A Vision for New London," released during his successful run for mayor in the 2011 election, Daryl Justin Finizio wrote, "Our parks, schools, and streets must be safe and clean, or revitalization efforts and economic...
July 24, 2013; Updated: 11:29 pm
In a blog on its website, the law firm representing Todd Lynch, president of the New London police union, took issue with a column I wrote Friday outlining some of the problems with the controversial police dog program managed by their client,...
July 19, 2013; Updated: 9:31 am
When the NAACP last year shared some copies of citizen complaints against New London police, one that stood out as especially egregious described a 2009 incident involving police union President Todd Lynch.
July 3, 2013; Updated: 11:55 pm
For her new lawsuit against the city, New London Police Chief Margaret Ackley apparently did some lawyer shopping, not using the local attorney who has represented her so far in her long campaign to be compensated for the fact that one of the...
July 2, 2013; Updated: 12:11 am
Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio announced Tuesday that Bessie the bloodhound would remain with the New London Police Department and would be reassigned to another city officer.
July 1, 2013; Updated: 8:55 am
That there is dysfunction, dissent and low morale within the ranks of the New London Police Department now appears beyond dispute. It was on display at a recent meeting of the Public Safety Committee of the City Council. It is clear in comments...
June 26, 2013; Updated: 7:41 pm
Chief Margaret Ackley has filed a lawsuit against the mayor, the city and a city attorney alleging they had a “plan or scheme” to intentionally violate the terms of her contract to hurt her, both monetarily and emotionally.
June 26, 2013; Updated: 12:18 am
The City Council’s Public Safety Committee is recommending the mayor support the police department’s K-9 unit and maintain at least four police dogs.
June 20, 2013; Updated: 9:27 pm
Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio announced Thursday the retirement of one of the city's police dogs and the donation of another to a different police department.
May 15, 2013; Updated: 11:58 pm
On Tuesday, the city administration said Chief Margaret Ackley does not have the final say on staffing levels, and no decisions have been made as to how cuts to the police department will play out.
May 14, 2013; Updated: 11:48 pm
The city’s police chief said Monday she will have to lay off 15 police officers if a $924,000 cut budget stands, leaving the day shift with only two patrol officers on duty.
May 13, 2013; Updated: 11:39 pm
The agreement that led to the rehiring of fired New London Police Officer Joshua Bergeson earlier this month calls for his immediate termination should he violate any policy regarding attendance within the next three years, according to details of...
April 29, 2013; Updated: 12:10 am
New London Police Officer Joshua Bergeson was back on the job Monday, more than a year after he was fired by the city for his alleged involvement in the beating of a man outside a city drug and alcohol detoxification...
April 29, 2013; Updated: 12:08 am
New London Police Chief Margaret Ackley does not want to retire, and her attorney criticized the mayor Monday for calling for a special City Council meeting Monday to discuss a retirement proposal.
April 29, 2013; Updated: 4:04 pm
An attorney representing Police Chief Margaret Ackley said Monday the chief has no desire to retire despite a special City Council meeting tonight to talk about a “retirement proposal."
April 27, 2013; Updated: 11:52 pm
New London police Chief Margaret Ackley, who was hired with much fanfare in 2009 as the first female police chief but more recently has been at odds with the city over money, may be looking to retire.
April 9, 2013; Updated: 11:48 pm
The city would have to lay off 20 police officers to save $1.4 million in the police budget, a cut that would decrease department staffing by 25 percent.
March 29, 2013; Updated: 6:15 pm
A New London police officer and his supervisor punched and kicked a repeat domestic violence offender in the head as they struggled to take him into custody on March 13, leaving him with a black eye and a bruise on his forehead.
March 19, 2013; Updated: 12:18 am
A federal civil rights lawsuit brought by city resident Lance Goode against former New London police officer Roger Newton, five other officers and the city is going forward.
March 3, 2013; Updated: 4:43 pm
Blacks and Hispanics pulled over by city police are nearly twice as likely as whites to have their vehicles searched, according to an analysis by The Day of motor vehicles stops in 2011.
March 3, 2013; Updated: 12:45 am
After revamping the law that requires police departments to record information about traffic stops, the state next year hopes to release its most comprehensive analysis of whether race plays a factor in whom the police decide to pull over.
March 2, 2013; Updated: 4:10 pm
The New London Police Department offers gift cards from community donations for turned in fire arms Saturday March 2, 2013.
February 26, 2013; Updated: 9:10 am
New London — A City Council committee is recommending the Police-Community Relations Committee no longer meet in closed session to discuss civilian complaints filed...
February 11, 2013; Updated: 12:18 am
Out with the old and in with the new when it comes to appointments to city boards and commissions.
January 28, 2013; Updated: 12:21 am
The city’s police union will try out a new system of “bid shifts” in February that will allow officers to pick their daily work shifts by seniority for three months at a time.
January 14, 2013; Updated: 7:11 pm
New London — A motion filed by the city and police chief to dismiss a lawsuit brought by police union President Todd Lynch was denied last month.
Filed in August, the motion was denied Dec. 14...
January 9, 2013; Updated: 12:42 am
Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio announced Tuesday that recorded crimes in the city were almost 13 percent lower in 2012 than in 2011, when crime was at a 10-year high.
January 9, 2013; Updated: 5:12 pm
Policy will come from clash of ideas, not clash of genders.
January 3, 2013; Updated: 12:04 am
The Police Community Relations Committee tabled its discussion of an investigation of a civilian complaint Wednesday night after the police deputy chief declined to enter a closed session to review the case.
December 12, 2012; Updated: 11:51 pm
Brian Rabell, who took part in the random and fatal attack on Matthew Chew in New London two years ago with five other teens, pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter Wednesday in New London Superior Court.
December 6, 2012; Updated: 12:19 am
Representatives of the mayor and chief of police will not take part in closed-door Police Community Relations Committee reviews of police investigations of civilian complaints, New London's mayor said Wednesday.
December 5, 2012; Updated: 12:16 am
Discussions about police investigations into citizens’ complaints of police officers are no longer being heard in the public portion of Police Community Relations Committee meetings.
October 23, 2012; Updated: 12:15 am
The New London police union, the administration and the City Council discuss police staffing and crime during a Public Safety Committee meeting.
October 22, 2012; Updated: 12:25 am
Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio ordered a written reprimand for police Chief Margaret Ackley Monday.
The Ackley Disciplinary Report
October 11, 2012; Updated: 12:27 am
Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio said Thursday that he conducted a predisciplinary hearing for Police Chief Margaret Ackley but will reserve his decision for about a week to allow her attorney time to pursue some "legitimate" questions.
September 28, 2012; Updated: 11:20 am
The City Council met in a special meeting to approve a revised $41.4 million budget that was nearly $1 million less than what was approved in June. But Council President Michael Passero abruptly called for the vote to be tabled until Oct. 9.
September 12, 2012; Updated: 3:15 pm
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, intent on beefing up its police force as it prepares to assume greater responsibility for public safety at its casinos, has added three police officers, two of whom have decades of experience with municipal departments...
September 12, 2012; Updated: 11:23 pm
It's the executive's role to police the police.
September 11, 2012; Updated: 12:03 am
City Council could conduct its own investigation about the police union’s claims that the chief of police acted inappropriately in an email correspondence with a private citizen\n\n
August 27, 2012; Updated: 3:57 pm
A 22-year veteran of the New Haven Police Department, Peter Reichard is about 90 days into his new gig as the deputy chief in New London. He said last week he's felt like a good fit — and welcomed — in his first months on the job.
August 14, 2012; Updated: 12:29 am
A New London police detective on disability for two years may be out of a job.
June 23, 2012; Updated: 11:42 pm
Former New London Deputy Chief William Dittman is an applicant for the position of Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police chief.
June 22, 2012; Updated: 11:36 pm
New London — Two lieutenants in the New London Police Department have been promoted to captain, Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio announced Friday.
June 20, 2012; Updated: 5:05 pm
Negotiations between the city and the police union have yielded a six-point memorandum of agreement that will avoid any layoffs during the next fiscal year and, when paired with other changes, could save the city $500,000 to $1 million.
June 14, 2012; Updated: 9:10 am
New London – Negotiations between the police union and the city ended Thursday with a labor deal that union President Todd Lynch said will avert any layoffs in the police department.
May 30, 2012; Updated: 10:40 am
The rift between the mayor and the City Council widens as the mayor refuses to rescind the notices even as he says he doesn't think drastic cuts in New London's police and fire department personnel will be necessary.
May 30, 2012; Updated: 2:47 pm
Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio has not rescinded any layoff notices sent to city workers last week, including 25 to the fire department and 10 to the police department, despite actions by the City Council Tuesday night.
May 26, 2012; Updated: 11:46 pm
Layoff notices have been sent to several police officers and 25 firefighters as the city struggles to cut its budget. The unions are fighting the threatened job losses.
May 23, 2012; Updated: 2:46 pm
The leader of the city's police union says he'll participate in the meetings to discuss preventing layoffs, but he remains wary because the city's budget process is not yet complete.
May 17, 2012; Updated: 5:01 pm
New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio said Thursday that 10 police officers and 25 firefighters will be given layoff notices by June 1 "due to reductions in the administration's proposed budget."
May 10, 2012; Updated: 12:27 am
State police on Thursday arrested Curtis Cunningham, a New Haven man who was shot by a New London police officer after he allegedly stole and crashed an ice truck in August 2011.
May 2, 2012; Updated: 11:56 pm
Lance Goode alleged in January that a city police officer planted drugs on him during an October 2010 arrest. The suit also alleges a second false arrest and excessive use of force.
Lance Goode's lawsuit
May 2, 2012; Updated: 12:11 am
The city's Police Community Relations Committee voted Tuesday to ask the City Council and Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio to investigate an "inappropriate" email sent last year from police Chief Margaret Ackley to Kathleen Mitchell, a local political...
April 26, 2012; Updated: 12:32 am
Peter Reichard will start work as New London's deputy police chief May 21 pending a successful background and reference check and the inclusion of his salary of $100,500 in the city budget.
April 26, 2012; Updated: 12:19 am
The police department may get funding for a new deputy after all, if a possible $200,000 miscalculation in insurance costs in the city's budget is confirmed.
April 25, 2012; Updated: 3:48 pm
The City Council's Finance Committee voted Tuesday night to recommend no funding for a deputy chief in the 2012-13 budget. On Monday, Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio announced that former New Haven Assistant Police Chief Peter Reichard would fill the...
April 23, 2012; Updated: 12:40 pm
Saying it disproportionately targets racial minorities and cutting it could save the city $100,000 next fiscal year, Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio has recommended eliminating the police department's K-9 program.
April 23, 2012; Updated: 10:12 am
The mayor appointed a former assistant police chief from New Haven as deputy chief Monday, completing a restructuring of the police department that began in January.
April 23, 2012; Updated: 5:28 pm
Peter Reichard, a former assistant police chief from New Haven has been appointed deputy chief in New London, Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio announced Monday.
April 21, 2012; Updated: 1:50 am
The state's attorney's office will not prosecute a city police officer who shot an unarmed suspect last August after the suspect allegedly stole an ice truck.