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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.
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.
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Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio has not rescinded any layoff notices sent to city workers last week, including 25 to the fire department and 10 to the police department, despite actions by the City Council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.
April 18, 2012; Updated: 11:42 pm
Former Deputy Police Chief Marshall Segar has written to the city asking it to abide by a settlement agreement it made with him in January, when his one-year contract was not renewed.
April 11, 2012; Updated: 11:58 pm
New London - Discussions on restructuring the city's police department took a first step Tuesday as the mayor, police chief and police department's union president answered questions posed by members of the City...
April 10, 2012; Updated: 12:13 am
The City Council began the budget review process Monday with a police department budget that is proposed to go up by $711,000.
April 6, 2012; Updated: 12:03 am
Former police Capt. Michael Lacey filed a lawsuit against New London Thursday, alleging city officials breached a retirement contract Lacey signed in January.
The Michael Lacey lawsuit
March 30, 2012; Updated: 12:16 am
New London — The outrage over the shooting death of an unarmed Florida boy has found its way to New London.
March 27, 2012; Updated: 11:57 pm
New London has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum of money to the survivors of shooting victim David Romero to resolve a wrongful death/negligence lawsuit.
March 25, 2012; Updated: 11:42 pm
I will say this about New London's Mayor Finizio: He doesn't back down from a fight or shy away from a lawsuit.
On Thursday night, the NAACP, during its second meeting in two months called to discuss complaints against city police and city...
March 23, 2012; Updated: 12:58 am
I came to the conclusion that New London had the wrong police chief back in the fall of 2010, when Matthew Chew was brutally murdered on his way home from the pizza restaurant where he worked downtown.
It wasn't that a young man was...
March 22, 2012; Updated: 1:48 pm
Officer Thomas Northup was dismissed for unauthorized use of force and unauthorized use of deadly force in the Aug. 24 shooting. The police union immediately filed a grievance.
March 21, 2012; Updated: 10:13 pm
New London Finance Director Jeffrey Smith says the chief of police should not have been paid for compensation time in two pay periods in January and February.
March 21, 2012; Updated: 12:31 am
New London - For the third time, the City Council refused to appropriate extra money to pay for separation packages for three police administrators who left the police department in January.
March 16, 2012; Updated: 12:08 am
One day after the city police union filed a complaint with the state labor board, union President Todd Lynch sued the city and Police Chief Margaret Ackley Thursday, alleging that Ackley punished him for being an outspoken critic.
March 15, 2012; Updated: 3:30 pm
On Thursday afternoon, New London Mayor Daryl Finizio held a news conference to discuss the recent union complaint filed with the state Labor Department and general turmoil within the city police force.
March 15, 2012; Updated: 11:25 pm
The New London police union has filed a complaint with the state Labor Department in which it accuses Chief Margaret Ackley of undermining union business and harassing union executive board members.
March 14, 2012; Updated: 12:09 am
New London - NAACP officials have invited Jane Glover and Wade Hyslop, two high ranking, black city officials, to a March 22 public meeting to discuss why they chose to fire black firefighter Alfred Mayo in December.
March 9, 2012; Updated: 12:15 pm
Former New London police Capt. William Dittman, who retired from the police department after a 35-year career, is suing the city, alleging that the chief offered to pay him "any consideration necessary to induce him to retire.''
February 28, 2012; Updated: 8:21 am
New London Police Union President Todd Lynch, an outspoken critic of Police Chief Margaret Ackley, has filed an intent to sue the city and Ackley, alleging they violated his First Amendment right to free speech.
February 22, 2012; Updated: 4:54 pm
Area residents, former employees and civil rights advocates from across the state delivered impassioned testimony Tuesday about their experiences with the New London police and fire departments at a town hall meeting in a packed room at the Second...
February 22, 2012; Updated: 1:03 pm
Officer Roger Newton, who had been under investigation by the city and state after a man accused him of planting drugs, has resigned from the city police force.
February 22, 2012; Updated: 2:10 am
The Connecticut NAACP organized a town hall meeting to discuss allegations of racism in New London's police and fire departments. The meeting was prompted by two incidents: the firing of Alfred Mayo, a black firefighter recruit who was removed from...
February 16, 2012; Updated: 8:25 pm
New London police Chief Margaret Ackley checked with an attorney for the city before making inquiries about the immigration status of a homicide victim and has been assured she has broken no city laws or executive orders.
February 11, 2012; Updated: 1:10 pm
The New London police union says Chief Margaret Ackley should be placed on administrative leave for her alleged improper investigation into the immigration status of a man shot to to death in the city in 2003.
February 10, 2012; Updated: 3:39 pm
NEW The police union is calling for Chief Margaret Ackley to be put on paid administrative leave so the city can investigate a claim that she may have conducted an improper investigation into the immigration status of...
February 1, 2012; Updated: 12:01 am
It was distressing to see representatives of the Connecticut chapter of the NAACP emerge from a meeting with New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio and members of his administration complaining of arrogant treatment and offering no hint...
January 31, 2012; Updated: 5:10 pm
The city police union is "up in arms" about New London's negotiation of retirement packages for two former police captains and has filed a Municipal Prohibited Practices complaint.
January 25, 2012; Updated: 2:53 pm
The two will also receive extended health coverage. The deputy chief, whose contract was not renewed, will receive a year's pay and health benefits as well as a contribution to his retirement savings plan.
January 23, 2012; Updated: 2:11 pm
Norwich – Norwich Police today hired two police officers who have worked for New London police for the past two years.
January 21, 2012; Updated: 12:40 pm
Officials from the state and local branches of the NAACP are upset with what they call New London's poor track record with minorities and call for federal intervention.
January 20, 2012; Updated: 10:40 am
The state and local chapters of the NAACP held a press conference Friday to call for investigations into the New London police and fire departments.
January 20, 2012; Updated: 7:52 pm
UPDATED: 7:25 p.m. “We want to make it public that we are upset how business is conducted with minorities in this city,” said Scot X. Esdaile, state NAACP president, during a Friday night rally at City Hall.
January 20, 2012; Updated: 6:08 pm
The state and local NAACP branches are speaking out against the firing of a black New London Fire Department recruit and calling for an investigation into allegations of racial discrimination by the city's police force.
January 19, 2012; Updated: 4:58 pm
Former New London City Councilor Michael Buscetto III confirms that he rejected an offer from the city to pay his legal fees that would have been part of the dispute with police Chief Margaret Ackley.
January 18, 2012; Updated: 7:14 pm
Saying there is no money in the budget to pay for it, New London city councilors reject a $25,000 payment intended for police Chief Margaret Ackley over allegations of harassment against a former city councilor. In a separate vote, the council also...
January 17, 2012; Updated: 12:59 pm
The Day hosted a web chat with New London Mayor Daryl J. Finizio to discuss the beginning of his new administration and news out of the city's police department.
January 15, 2012; Updated: 6:54 pm
When the deputy chief and two captains lost their jobs last week, they walked out of the city's police station with a combined 84 years of experience. William Dittman and Marshall Segar reflect on their careers and the 'strong' department they leave...
January 12, 2012; Updated: 10:47 pm
An internal police investigation into an alleged police beating of a man Dec. 14 outside a detoxification center cleared officers of any wrongdoing but highlighted breaches in numerous departmental procedures.
January 11, 2012; Updated: 11:45 pm
To put in perspective Police Chief Ackley's complaints against former City Councilor Michael Buscetto, I went back and listened to the discussion of her allegations during last September's Democratic primary debate.
"It is a very serious...
January 10, 2012; Updated: 1:27 pm
A city police officer suspended Friday after allegations were raised that he had planted drugs on a suspect was found last month to have participated in improper and unprofessional conduct when he attempted to entice a Baltic woman into a drug deal,...
January 10, 2012; Updated: 9:17 am
New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio and the City Council are both feeling out the limits of their authority under the new form of government, and the question of a $25,000 settlement for the police chief will be part of that process.
January 10, 2012; Updated: 12:26 am
As we sort through the strange turn of events the past few days in New London, the most significant and troubling news concerns alleged corruption and improper behavior in its police department.
January 8, 2012; Updated: 2:56 pm
New London City Council President Michael Passero releases a report of an investigation into Police Chief Margaret Ackley's claims of interference and harassment against former Councilor Michael Buscetto III, raising questions about a proposed...
January 8, 2012; Updated: 12:05 am
Margaret Ackley files a complaint with the city, saying she is being harassed and is a victim of gender discrimination.
Ackley also says in her complaint that she has repeatedly complained about the way she was being treated and that no...
January 7, 2012; Updated: 3:57 pm
Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio, Police Chief Margaret Ackley and State's Attorney Michael Regan have requested the assistance of the Connecticut State Police Central Division in an ongoing investigation into possible police department corruption.
January 7, 2012; Updated: 10:47 pm
Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio announces that the city will give police Chief Margaret Ackley $25,000 to settle her allegations that former City Councilor Michael Buscetto III tried to undermine her leadership.
January 7, 2012; Updated: 10:46 pm
The city has fired a police officer for his role in the beating of a man and placed another officer on leave while allegations that he planted drugs during an arrest are investigated.
January 7, 2012; Updated: 10:25 pm
The mayor and the president of the police union plan to meet Monday to discuss union concerns that employees who want to leave the department are being denied access to their personnel files.
January 7, 2012; Updated: 12:01 am
A video from a New London police cruiser allegedly shows Officer Roger Newton planting drugs before the arrest of Lance Goode of New London on Oct. 20, 2010.
January 6, 2012; Updated: 9:35 pm
UPDATED: 8:30 p.m. According to a copy of the settlement, the city will pay Ackley $25,000 as result of the complaints she made against Buscetto. The mayor announced Capt. William Dittman and Capt. Michael Lacey have...
January 6, 2012; Updated: 12:53 pm
New London — The city has officially denied a Freedom of Information request by The Day to release a report on allegations by the police chief that a city councilor interfered with the department.
January 5, 2012; Updated: 10:55 am
Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio also said at a news conference Wednesday that he will not release a report on allegations lodged by Chief Ackley against former City Councilor Michael Buscetto III.
January 4, 2012; Updated: 1:38 pm
City Attorney Jeffrey Londregan told the council Tuesday that former Superior Court Judge Beverly Hodgson has filed a report on the allegations made by Chief Margaret Ackley against former City Councilor Michael Buscetto III. But when the council...
December 29, 2011; Updated: 6:46 pm
New London - A man who witnesses say was pepper-sprayed in the face and beaten repeatedly by police earlier this month had his case continued to Feb. 3 at an arraignment this morning in New London Superior Court.
December 17, 2011; Updated: 10:50 am
Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio said there will be an investigation into allegations that police officers assisting an ambulance crew at an alcohol detoxification center Wednesday night punched, pepper-sprayed and smashed the head of a man repeatedly...
November 19, 2011; Updated: 11:40 pm
New London Mayor-elect Daryl Justin Finizio said it had been a pledge of his since January to keep both chiefs if elected, and that Police Chief Margaret Ackley and Fire Chief Ronald Samul have agreed to stay on.
November 17, 2011; Updated: 11:47 pm
New London - The Board of Ethics officially dismissed and closed the Ackley vs. Buscetto case Wednesday, the same night the first of three hearings on the issue was scheduled to take place.
November 4, 2011; Updated: 11:57 pm
New London - The former mayor of New London, who has been on the Board of Ethics for more than 10 years, said Thursday she will participate in proceedings involving a dispute between a city councilor and the police...
November 3, 2011; Updated: 12:12 am
New London - The attorney for Michael Buscetto III, the city councilor who is a write-in candidate for mayor, is questioning the legitimacy of the process by which the Ethics Board is investigating his dispute with the...
October 25, 2011; Updated: 12:58 am
The battle between the New London police chief and a city councilor who is running for mayor continues, with the Board of Ethics setting a hearing to discuss what may ultimately be just a footnote in the three-month-long saga.
October 24, 2011; Updated: 3:47 pm
The Board of Ethics says it has found probable cause to investigate allegations by Police Chief Margaret Ackley that City Councilor Michael Buscetto III violated the city's Code of Ethics, and will meet tonight to set a hearing date.
October 18, 2011; Updated: 12:56 am
New London - The City Council Monday hired former Superior Court Judge Beverly Hodgson - who will investigate allegations the police chief has made against the city.
September 25, 2011; Updated: 11:54 pm
City Councilor Michael Buscetto III on Saturday released a copy of an ethics complaint in which Police Chief Margaret Ackley says he failed to recuse himself from a City Council discussion of her allegations of his misconduct.
September 21, 2011; Updated: 12:29 am
New London - Reid Burdick, who has held elective and appointed positions in city government, has lodged a complaint with the city's Board of Ethics, saying its members have a host of conflicts of interest that would make...
September 10, 2011; Updated: 12:56 am
In an "open letter" published as an ad in today's Day, the New London police union takes Chief Margaret Ackley to task for having created a "managerial crisis" and a negative atmosphere in the department.