As the Bridgeport Police Department grapples with the after-effects of a scathing investigation that cited at least 17 officers for wrongdoing, the city's top cop says the department won't tolerate misconduct.
“The police department will not tolerate misconduct from our officers," said Chief Armando Perez. "Since this incident and throughout my tenure as chief, we have taken various proactive measures to ensure that officers are appropriately trained on safety, responding to a scene, and interacting with the community."
The incident took place on Oct. 21, 2017, during a house party on Colorado Avenue in Bridgeport in which the scene quickly became "chaotic," prompting officers to call for backup with a total of 40 officers responding.
Eight people were arrested during the fracas, with three later filing civilian complaints of police abuses.
The chief then ordered the investigation into the possible use of excessive force and any other violations, including in the booking area.
Perez said Thursday, March 7, in a statement that the cited officers in the report will go before a before a civilian tribunal, Bridgeport Police Commission, where the charges may result in disciplinary action that may include termination, suspension, demotion, or additional training.
"This incident is certainly a troublesome report for our officers, however, it is not a reflection of our entire department," the chief said. "So, it is necessary to point out that we have hundreds of hard-working and dedicated Bridgeport police officers in our department who put themselves in harm’s way, work in a difficult environment, and need to have our continued support in the community," he added.
The members of the Bridgeport Police Commission who will review the report and made decisions are civilians who have scheduled meetings on the third Tuesday of each month, to review and oversee Police Department and Traffic Authority matters, the chief's office said.
The hearings will be scheduled by the Board at their earliest availability, the department said.
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