Trail Has Bad End

Trail Has Bad End

There are 52 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Nov 2, 2007, titled Trail Has Bad End. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

A town police officer has received a one-day suspension for an incident last December in which he trailed Republican Councilman Jeff Hedberg in a marked police cruiser at a time when the police union and town ...

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Perla

Newington, CT

#1 Nov 3, 2007
See what happens when you upset a Klett!
Angry Voter

Rocky Hill, CT

#2 Nov 3, 2007
Hedberg did the right thing! Police are well paid in Newington and their pensions are still very fair. Police were abusing the system by adding in overtime and retiring with 100K per year for life after 20 years of service?

They still have the option to put money in their voluntary deferred comp plan to capture additional savings and reduce their tax bills.

This officer was way out of line in his actions. I'm sorry to see Hedberg is not running this election year. People should not fear their government, government should fear it's people. Great job Hedberg!
quack

Portland, CT

#3 Nov 3, 2007
Perla wrote:
See what happens when you upset a Klett!
NO OTHER WAY TO SAY IT !
68046-red

Portland, CT

#4 Nov 3, 2007
Any other job, One would get axed for doing this! And they want to put cops in the middle school. If I were Jeff I would take the cop to court !!
Deputy Dawg

Burlington, MA

#5 Nov 4, 2007
Awesome police work here. How many shoplifters, stop sign violators, neighbor harasser did the PATROLMAN miss during that brief interlude of following a person of interest?
Estaban

Newington, CT

#6 Nov 4, 2007
A ONE DAY SUSPENSION!!!

I hope like hell Jeff sues. Jeff did great things for this town whether people like him or not, and he did not deserve this kind of treatment.(or the treament he's getting from the Klett cabal)Shame on the Union (and the Kletts).

We have some of the finest police in the state and while I respect and admire them overall Korzinski abused his power (in his first year) and does not belong on the force.
retired cop hpd

Manchester, CT

#7 Nov 4, 2007
Should've gotten fired for this incident. Newington needs to change their code of conduct and Policy and Procedures.

Granted they are the highest paid officers in the area, but in the private sector nobody complains about a CEO or CFO or COO making millions a year while subordinates make enough to get by.

This officer should have been arrested and charged with a felony and fired.
Perla

Newington, CT

#8 Nov 4, 2007
He should have been fired. That would have sent a strong message to all the other new cops in town to not always do as Klett asks.
Sceptic Newington voter

Newington, CT

#9 Nov 4, 2007
Couldnít it have been a coincidence and that the officer was heading in the same direction since the route was on the main roads in Newington? I travel these roads every day since I live in Newington. Maybe I have even followed Hedberg once or twice? He hasn't called the police on me yet!!! Is Hedberg's ego so big that the he thinks the police are out to get him? GET A REALITY CHECK!!!!!
Esteban

Newington, CT

#10 Nov 4, 2007
Two feet behind him? I dont think so.

The officer admited he was following him and was diciplined. Maybe its time for you to GET A REALITY CHECK!!!!!
Townie

Hartford, CT

#11 Nov 4, 2007
Sceptic Newington voter wrote:
Couldnít it have been a coincidence and that the officer was heading in the same direction since the route was on the main roads in Newington? I travel these roads every day since I live in Newington. Maybe I have even followed Hedberg once or twice? He hasn't called the police on me yet!!! Is Hedberg's ego so big that the he thinks the police are out to get him? GET A REALITY CHECK!!!!!
"Skeptic" - Did you read the article? The cop admitted to following Hedberg!

The cop has been there for a barely a year and he pulls this stunt? He should be fired for stupidity. He should be arrested for intimidation!

Most cops in Newington aren't that bad. Though it does seem that Newington is burdened with more than its fair share of bad cops. Remember officer Brendan what's-his-last-name that was arrested for selling drugs? Or how about officer Jose Garcia, you know, the one who was arrested for domestic violence, fired, and then reinstated? Then you have cops that are arrogant and rude to citizens, like Jimmy Johnson.
Vic

Stafford Springs, CT

#12 Nov 5, 2007
Since the cop was only a foot or two from his bumper he should have just slammed on the brakes. The cop would have at least gotten a ticket for following too close.
WOW

Sandy Hook, CT

#13 Nov 5, 2007
Sceptic Newington voter wrote:
Couldnít it have been a coincidence and that the officer was heading in the same direction since the route was on the main roads in Newington? I travel these roads every day since I live in Newington. Maybe I have even followed Hedberg once or twice? He hasn't called the police on me yet!!! Is Hedberg's ego so big that the he thinks the police are out to get him? GET A REALITY CHECK!!!!!
SOUNDS LIKE YOU NEED THE REALITY CHECK !!
Ex-Newington resident

Fall River, MA

#14 Nov 5, 2007
The arrogance level of the Newington PD is off the charts. They are one of the highest paid PDs in the state, and think they are the greatest. Funny how that whole thing at the temple got swept under the rug after they looked like idiots.
Esteban

Newington, CT

#15 Nov 5, 2007
I do appreciate what they do and the sac they make but the recent bank robbery was not exactly a feather in their cap either. Happened in broad daylight and they lost em.

God Bless them I am glad they are there and most of them are honerable public servants, but somtimes I think it's too much of a good thing.

I have been very outspoken against Klett in this election and maybe I am being paranoid but I have noticed their presence on my street more often and certain officers eyballing me when we pass in opposite directions.

To check and see if I was being paranoid I switched vehicles and have not drawn the same attention. It's really hard to say but I am much more conscious of my speed (not that I am a leadfoot).
rickbee

Hartford, CT

#16 Nov 5, 2007
Perla wrote:
He should have been fired. That would have sent a strong message to all the other new cops in town to not always do as Klett asks.
Nothing else but firing can send the right message. The Chief is remiss in his duties.
Newington Resident

Farmington, CT

#17 Nov 5, 2007
Do you have something against the Newington Police? It sounds like you do. If you are going to criticize, you should know what you are talking about. Brendan whatís his name was never arrested for selling drugs. Jose Garcia was arrested and acquitted of charges. I believe in any line of work, being acquitted means he should get his job back. Jimmy Johnson one of the nicest officers that has ever assisted me in my time of need. Maybe you were doing something wrong therefore you did not like Officer Johnsonís response. Where is your proof when spreading these types of lies? If you are going to speak, get your facts straight!
WOW

United States

#18 Nov 5, 2007
Newington Resident wrote:
Do you have something against the Newington Police? It sounds like you do. If you are going to criticize, you should know what you are talking about. Brendan whatís his name was never arrested for selling drugs. Jose Garcia was arrested and acquitted of charges. I believe in any line of work, being acquitted means he should get his job back. Jimmy Johnson one of the nicest officers that has ever assisted me in my time of need. Maybe you were doing something wrong therefore you did not like Officer Johnsonís response. Where is your proof when spreading these types of lies? If you are going to speak, get your facts straight!
Like anywhere else, there is always a bad apple or two in every group. WE all tend to look at the worst and not the best. I saw 1st hand what the officers went thru almost 3 years ago. Its a job most of us wouldn't want. I find it hard that any one could say they haven't delt with a bad egg in their place of employment. I'm sure Mr. Hedberg will deal with this as he see's fit.
Luis

Rocky Hill, CT

#19 Nov 6, 2007
This Officer was way out of line...Scary!
Get real

Marlborough, CT

#20 Nov 6, 2007
retired cop hpd wrote:
Should've gotten fired for this incident. Newington needs to change their code of conduct and Policy and Procedures.
Granted they are the highest paid officers in the area, but in the private sector nobody complains about a CEO or CFO or COO making millions a year while subordinates make enough to get by.
This officer should have been arrested and charged with a felony and fired.
Pretty funny for someone from HPD to be giving anyone advice on Police conduct.

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