It was a video that surprised many, when it surfaced. Hartford Police Officer Steven Barone on the street talking to people in the community like he was in Hollywood.
“If anybody wants to fight or run I’m a little trigger-happy. I’m not going to lie. I know I can feed a ton of money in overtime If I have to shoot somebody. Don’t do anything stupid, all right?”, Barone says to a group of bystanders on the street.
Officer Barone was first demoted, and then put on desk duty. After a full investigation Hartford Police Chief David Rosado terminated Barone Wednesday.
“We are open and transparent not only when times are good, but when times are bad. This is a difficult day like I said earlier, but our posture is never going to change. We are always going to be open, and we are always going to be transparent with the information that we have”, Rosado said.
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This decision comes following an internal investigation and a formal hearing process regarding his interaction with a group of people in August his supervision of a traffic incident in July.
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Dan Barrett is with the ACLU and he says this is a victory for the community, and send a message to the rest of the police officers in the state.
“This is an important time in Connecticut because it should show every other city in town that when people are not getting what they want out of their police department, there is recourse.”
Hartford Police Chief David Rosado issued the following statement:
“Our success as a police department depends on our relationship with the community we serve. Every day, the men and women of the Hartford Police Department are out doing good police work with professionalism and respect, and this officer’s conduct does not reflect the values of our agency. I did not make this decision lightly. We hold ourselves to high standards, and when we fall short, we take responsibility for it. After reviewing the findings related to these two incidents, it’s clear to me that there’s no scenario in which Mr. Barone can return to his duties as a productive member of the Hartford Police Department. As a department, we are committed to building and rebuilding a strong relationship with residents across our city based on mutual respect, accountability, transparency, and a shared desire to live in a strong Hartford.
The chief says Barone was fired for violating the Code of Conduct.