Updated: Thursday, 03 Sep 2009, 11:37 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 03 Sep 2009, 10:57 PM EDT
East Haven (WTNH) - A recorded call of the East Haven Mayor railing about an officer, from her town's police force, could have criminal implications.
A source has given News Channel 8 the recordings; the recordings
that could play a pivotal role on whether or not the mayor will be
"I have F***-ing had it," Mayor Capone Almon said on the recorded phone conversation.
The calls were made on July 19th when the mayor clashed with Officer Michael Sorbo over the towing of cars from the Town Beach. In his official report, Officer Sorbo claims the cars were blocking an exit. And, when the mayor arrives, she got in his face -- yelling and ordering him to stop.
At some point, the Mayor called the police sergeant on duty.
Mayor: "Hi Sgt Kattis, this is April and I'm down at the beach
and Officer Sorbo is having cars towed out of the back lot."
Sgt. Kattis: "Yeah, he said cars can't by..."
Mayor: "What's that?"
Sgt. Kattis: "He said that cars can't get through and they're blocking..."
Mayor: "...saying cars can't get through."
Sgt. Kattis: "Yeah. He said they are jumping all over the grass and stuff and they can't get out of there."
Mayor: "They cant get out."
Sgt. Kattis: "Yeah."
Mayor: Well, ya' know, I will tell you, and I will have this talk with the Chief but I have f****-ing had it with Officer Sorbo playing cute down here at the beach; I've had it."
On Thursday, News Channel 8 played this portion of the recording for the mayor; she defends her actions and her language.
"It was being there in the moment and stepping into chaos and seeing East Haven taxpayers being treated unfairly," said the Mayor.
The Mayor points to a police department memo in June stating cars are not to be towed from the beach. Still, a state's attorney is now considering whether these calls are evidence the mayor interfered with her town's police department.
Cox: "Do you this helps your or hurts you?"
Mayor: "I do want the process to play out."
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Police Commissioner has sent a letter to the East Haven Police Chief asking for a formal investigation of the incident; that letter has been passed onto the Chief State's Attorney.