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CT state senator says Norwalk police officer spat at him, others tried to intimidate him

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff claims a Norwalk police officer spat at him and others tried to intimidate him over the police accountability bill.

He told News 8 it happened a few weeks ago, on July 24, when he was inside the police station talking about the law.

When the meeting was over, an officer asked me to talk,” Duff explained. “I said, ‘Sure, let’s go outside.’ An officer, who I’ve known for a very long time, looked at me and then spat at me and had about 20 officers behind him. I was then asked to leave the Norwalk Police Department because officers were angry.”

Chief Thomas Kulhawik released the following statement:

I was very disappointed with what occurred during the Union meeting. While the officer’s account differs a bit from Sen Duff’s, there is no question that some actions were clearly unacceptable. While an officer did not spit at him, the fact that he did spit on the ground to show disrespect for the Senator is completely unacceptable. The officer regrets it at this time and wishes to meet with the Senator to apologize in person. I expect everyone to be treated with respect, and that did not happen in this case. 

I was happy that I was able to meet with Sen Duff today. We had a long and productive, yet very frank discussion. I am hopeful as a result of this discussion we can begin to move forward in a positive manner. While we did not agree on all points, we both want to see the situation improve and will work towards that goal.  The Senator expressed that the incident negatively impacted his impression of the department and I assured him that we would work together to address that.

Duff said he met with Kulhawik on Friday and is hopeful the all can move forward.

“We both thought it was a good first step,” he said. “I think there’s many more steps we need to take.

Capitol police were patrolling his house as a precaution.

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