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.Results of an internal investigation into a
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.