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New Canaan Police Officer on Leave after Late-Night Fight Downtown

During an altercation at Tequila Mockingbird on Feb. 23, one member of the group with the officer used racially offensive language, police said.

A New Canaan police officer has been placed on administrative leave after accusations that the officer got into a fight at Tequila Mockingbird while off-duty, officials say.

According to a press statement issued on behalf of Chief Edward Nadriczny, the officer at about 11 p.m. on Feb. 23 was with a group at the Forest Street restaurant where one member of that group used racially offensive language.

“The New Canaan Police Department has consulted with the Stamford State’s Attorney’s office and a criminal investigation was initiated,” the press statement said.

The officer will remain on leave until that investigation is over, police said.

It isn't clear who the officer is, what is his or her rank, whether the officer is on paid or unpaid leave or how long the officer has been with the department. Patch will have more details as they become available.

The complaint was lodged at about 11:45 p.m. the same night as the incident by a person involved, police said.

Anyone with information related to the altercation should call Capt. Leon Krolikowski at 203-594-3517 or leon.krolikowski@newcanaanct.gov.

Glen K Dunbar March 08, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I hate to hear and see things like this. I hope the officer can get her/his name cleared. I would also note that I would love to have been a fly on the wall for this one
Michael Dinan (Editor) March 08, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Folks: No comment will appear on this article without editor approval. Just had to reject one comment because a Patch user was speculating on the identity of the officer in question here. I am seeking more details from New Canaan police and will post them here as they are released by town officials. Sincerely appreciate the commenting here on the site. Stay safe, warm and park correctly. -Mike
Craig March 08, 2013 at 05:35 PM
fights in bars are a bad idea especially when its almost a certainty someone will be arrested or investgated. look forward to the facts and truth.
J Bauer March 08, 2013 at 05:39 PM
The officer's identity should be made public. In the weekly police reports, we see the identity of citizens in town that are cited or arrested for a variety of offenses. If a private citizen was involved in such an incident and a criminal investigation was launched, we would have been told the person's identity. In fact, the bar for such incidents should be higher for someone that is charged with keeping the peace.
concerned citizen March 08, 2013 at 06:04 PM
why hasnt are beloved chief or captain of new canaan pd. made this public or is this just another cover up
Glen K Dunbar March 08, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Mikey: VERY hard to stay warm in this weather Why could I not have lived in AZ CZ HI JB: Yes, that is correct...anytime a citizen has a run in w/the law...even if it is for nonsense which most of the time it is...they publish it. BUT, I think we need to let justice do its part. I hope the Officer can get her/his name cleared
Tom March 08, 2013 at 06:23 PM
How nice that patch is so willing to post the names of citizens who are involved in altercations but not officers. I guess they are above the law?
Michael Dinan (Editor) March 08, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Tom, How can we publish information we do not have?
Kass Bruno March 08, 2013 at 06:38 PM
I'm not sure I'm clear on this, one member of the group used unacceptable language, the statement didn't say it was the officer, why has the officer been put on leave?
Canaanite March 08, 2013 at 06:39 PM
I don't understand why he was arrested? The officer actually said something racially charged? Or the group he was with did? (The article here said "one member of the group") . . . I would love to know the answer to that. And a criminal investigation? Hmmm . . . something else must be at play here . . .
Canaanite March 08, 2013 at 06:40 PM
(Yes, I know, the details are still being gathered . . . just saying)
Glen K Dunbar March 08, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Just because someone and we do not know who called someone a bad name?? Really It may not be nice. But, Freedom of Speech. Why did someone whoever it may be get in trouble w/the law. It seems every law entity not just here but all over are not trying to rob citizens of their ?Amendent freedom of speech. Very sad.
Angie S. March 08, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Yeah, I was wondering the same thing as Kass. The article makes it sound as though it wasn't the officer but just someone in his party. Not sure why the Town has to do without an officer when we're running minimum shifts as it is, if it wasn't the officer who got into the altercation. :-/
Tom March 08, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Either push to get the name or publish none. It is not acceptable that this officer was arrested but the department will not release their name and yet for regular citizens the names are put out there for public humiliation. It's not an acceptable practice.

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