2015 Hartford Police List of Officers with Sustained Complaints

This column appears in the February 18 – 25 edition of the Hartford News…

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Police Misconduct in Hartford

This week we’ll share the current list of Hartford Police officers with sustained civilian complaints. We obtained the list through a Freedom of Information Act request. There are 31 officers on this list, an increase from 2013 (19) and 2014 (29). Officer Jill Kidik has made the list again; sustained complaints against Kidik in 2014 include Violation of Civil Rights, Excessive Force and Profane Language. SHE IS STILL ON THE STREETS. You can read the entire 2014 list here. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/2014-hartford-police-department-list-of-officers-with-sustained-complaints/

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OFFICER (S) Note: * Indicates officer SUSTAINED ALLEGATION (S): IAD NO: sustained on 2 or more complaints

AGOSTINO, DOMENICK * Illegal Search & Seizure 13-011

AGOSTINO, DOMENICK * Discourteous Attitude 14-121

ALLEN, MICHAEL Neglect of Duty 14-112

ANGIERI, PETER Neglect of Duty 14-104

BUDWITZ, TIMOTHY Discourteous Attitude, Civil Rights Vio, Conduct Unbecoming 15-004

BUYAK, JOSEPH Discourteous Attitude 14-093

DEPINTO, DANIEL Harassment, Vio Code of Conduct, Conduct Unbecoming 15-037

DZIERZGOWSKI, GREG Neglect of Duty 14-104

GENRY, MIRELLA Poor Service, Vio of Code of Conduct 14-103

GUSTIS, BRIAN Disc. Attitude, Profane Lang, Harass, Ill. Search & Seizure, Civ Rights Vio 14-098

HEIMERDINGER, CHRISTIAN Disc. Attitude, Profane Lang, Harass, Ill. Search & Seizure, Civ Rights Vio 14-098

HILDEBIDLE, SUZANAH Neglect of Duty, Civil Rights Vio 14-089

JENKINS, TYRELL * Vio of Code of Conduct 14-085

JENKINS, TYRELL * Poor Service, Illegal Arrest 14-096

KIDIK, JILL Traffic Complaint, Discourteous Attitude 15-006

LABBE, KENNETH Cond Unbecom, Neglect of Duty, Vio of Code of Conduct, Disc. Attidute 15-012

LARSON, CHRISTOPHER Civ Rights Vio, Negl of Duty, Vio of Code of Conduct, Ex Force During Arrest 14-036

LEMKE, ERIC Cond Unbecom, Neglect of Duty, Vio of Code of Conduct, Disc. Attidute 15-012

NELSON, JUSTIN Illegal Search & seizure 13-111

NEWELL, JAMES Civ rights Vio, Negl of Duty, Vio of Code of Conduct, Ex Force During Arrest 14-036

PETERSON, DANA (RET) Civil Rights Vio, Ill. Arrest, Ill. Search & Seizure, Vio of Code of Conduct 13-111

PETHIGAL, JEFFREY Civil Rights Vio, Ill. Arrest, Ill. Search & Seizure, Vio of Code of Conduct 14-036

RAGNO, ANTHONY Civil Rights Vio, Discourteous Attitude, Poor Service 14-078

RODRIGUEZ, RICHARD, JR Discourteous Attitude 14-121

ROSARIO, JOSE Civil Rights Vio, Illegal Arrest, Ill. Search & Seizure 13-111

RUIZ, LUIS Illegal Arrest, Illegal Search & Seizure, Vio of Code of Conduct 13-111

SHERBO, JOSEPH Harassment, Discourteous Attitude 15-024

STACHOWICZ, KAMIL Conduct Unbecoming of an Officer 14-077

TRAHAN, JOSEPH Discourteous Attitude 15-031

VELAZQUEZ, MICHAEL Discourteous Attitude 15-001

VELEZ, THERESA Discourteous Attitude, Conduct Unbecoming, Harassment 15-015

WALSH, JOSHUA * Poor Service, Neglect of Duty, Discourteous Attitide 14-061 WALSH, JOSHUA * Discourteous Attitude, Conduct Unbecoming 15-009

YOUENS, JONATHAN Civ Rights Vio, Negl of Duty, Vio of Code of Conduct, Ex Force During Arrest 14-036

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