Sgt. Stephen Barone was suspended on Aug. 10 after he was filmed telling a group of people that he was “trigger happy” in Hartford, Connecticut on Aug. 9:
If anybody wants to fight or run, I’m a little trigger happy guys, I’m not gonna lie. And I get paid a ton of money in overtime, if I have to shoot somebody. So don’t do anything stupid.
One of the people told the Hartford Courant that they were approached by the police when they were near an abandoned house that her boyfriend was considering buying.
The individual said they were all searched by police and cited for trespassing.
Hartford police Assistant Chief Rafael Medina condemned Barone’s statements on Facebook and suspended him:
[T]hose statements are entirely unacceptable and represent a fundamental disregard for the conduct we expect and the standards we hold ourselves to.
We look at it from the perspective of the person on the other end of the field interview, and to hear those words isn’t just scary, it projects an image of law enforcement officers who take use of force lightly.
As I hope you know, we do not take any use of force lightly as a Department.
We have placed the officer on administrative leave effective immediately, and internal affairs has already begun an investigation.
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