New Canaan Police Lieutenant Suspended for February Bar Fight

Results of an internal investigation into a New Canaan Police Lieutenant allegedly involved in a physical altercation at Tequila Mockingbird in February were released Tuesday by interim Chief Leon Kroliskowski and the officer now faces a 10-day unpaid suspension. 

Lt. Frederick Pickering, who was off-duty at the time of the incident, was accused of getting into a fight with a patron at the bar on February 23 and a party with Pickering at the time was accused of using racial slurs during the altercation. 

The Internal Affairs investigation was concluded in May, but the case was sent for review to the Connecticut State Attorney's Office. State's Attorney David Cohen announced in June there would be no charges forthcoming from the office against Pickering. 

Krowliskowski announced Tuesday it was found Pickering did not use any racially offensive language during the altercation, but did violate Article 14—Unlawful or Oppressive Use of Authority—and general Article 34 of the NCPD's Manual of Discipline, Rules & Regulations. 

It has been decided that Pickering will be suspended for 10 days without pay as a result of the incident. 

Pickering, one of the town's highest-paid employees in 2012, has been on administrative leave since the incident. 
rough1 September 10, 2013 at 08:16 PM
10 days? is this what our "best" aspire to? And I still wonder what happened to the chief...thew public is not told..how is that?
NewCanaanite September 11, 2013 at 07:20 AM
State's Attorney David Cohen announced in June there would be no charges forthcoming from the office against Pickering. But the New Canaan Police Department did? This is crazy that one of the best police officers is being treated this way after being cleared by the state.
Craig September 12, 2013 at 07:36 AM
a "lieutenant" in a fist fight in a bar? are you kidding? call 911. this should be a lesson for every cop out there to behave esp in bars. that being said, the interim chief just cooked his own goose in the eyes of the officers for not covering a colleague's back. while counsel is probably correct that due process may clear the lieutenant, I am not sure spending the money makes economic sense to save 2 weeks pay, but if the officer believes he is right, then let him clear his name in the labor forum. in the meantime, everyone else should call 911 in incidents because this episode is trying and there is still the unworthy perp probably snickering in the corner at it all.


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