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Hearing Officer: Derby Violated FOI Act

by Eugene Driscoll | Sep 26, 2018 3:36 pm

A hearing officer with the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission determined the Derby Police Department and the City of Derby violated state open government laws by refusing to release an internal affairs report because the subject of the investigation objected.

The hearing officer’s report will now be the subject of a disposition hearing in front of the full Freedom of Information Commission at 2 p.m. Oct. 10 in Hartford. If the hearing officer’s report is accepted, the city must release the report.

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Derby Internal Affairs Report Debated At FOI Hearing

by STAFF | May 31, 2018 6:21 am

The Valley Indy was denied access to an internal affairs report concerning a police officer who had been arrested in connection to a domestic violence incident.

So The Valley Indy filed a complaint with the state’s Freedom of Information Commission to force the document to be released to the public.

Click the play button to listen to testimony recorded in front of a hearing officer in April.

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Ansonia Detective Questions Promotion Process

by Ethan Fry | Mar 21, 2018 5:59 am

A police officer in Ansonia is speaking out after being passed over twice for a sergeant’s position despite scoring the highest on written exams.

“This promotion will set a major precedent within the department and is likely to cripple many members’ hopes of moving up in their careers within the department,” Detective Jonathan Troesser wrote in a letter to the Ansonia police commission Feb. 2.

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Video Shows Men Setting Fire Outside Shelton Fire House

by Ethan Fry | Feb 20, 2018 4:19 pm

A police investigation is underway into a video that depicts several people setting a fire in the bed of a pickup truck parked outside a Shelton firehouse.

A copy of the seven-and-a-half-minute video was sent to the Valley Indy anonymously.

State Rep. Ben McGorty, who also serves as vice chairman of the city’s Board of Fire Commissioners, confirmed the video’s authenticity.

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Seymour Student Faces Two Criminal Charges, Superintendent Bemoans Rumor Mill

by Eugene Driscoll | Feb 16, 2018 1:52 pm

The Seymour school superintendent issued a statement Friday blaming social media for prolonging a police investigation at the high school Thursday.

“This is an example of the negative impact the social media rumor mill can have on society. In this case, the communication and evolution of fake news negatively impacted the educational process in our school,” Superintendent Michael Wilson said.

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