Racism in the Connecticut State Police
March 01, 2004
Was a Connecticut Trooper fired because he is a minority?
I heard white Stafford/Willington area Connecticut State Troopers refer to a Spanish Trooper as, �Trooper Spic,� and �Trooper GREAZY Dildo.� White Connecticut State Troopers were shot at during this incident and it was allegedly used to remove a Spanish Officer as it was said he did not pass on information.
Is the Connecticut State Police an exclusive White Male Club? Well maybe the head of the Connecticut State Police, Arthur L. Spada, had the highest ranking police woman removed from his office because she was a woman. (click link below for more on the discussion)
Propose laws, complain about police officers, and you can be targeted, arrested, and put in prison, and then kicked out of a state upon your release.
I complained to Connecticut Politicians about police use of the Matrix System, and then received a response from a high ranking police officer. The response:
�February 24, 2004
Steven G. Erickson
Dear Mr. Erickson:
I am in receipt of your email of February 13, 2004, where you express your concerns that the State Police are abusing the Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange (MATRIX).
The MATRIX project was initiated in response to the increased need for timely information sharing and exchange of terrorism-related information among members of the law enforcement community. The project is governed by the MATRIX Executive Board, which is comprised of the head or designee of each participating state agency.
The MATRIX project has implemented factual data analysis with a program known as the Factual Analysis Criminal Threat Solution (FACTS) by using existing nonintelligence data sources to integrate disparate data from many types of storage systems to identify, develop, and analyze information related to terrorist activity and other crimes for investigative leads.
Information obtained from or through the FACTS application can only be used for legitimate law enforcement investigative purposes. A legitimate law enforcement investigative purpose means the request for data can be directly linked to a law enforcement agency�s active criminal investigation and operational case or is a response to a confirmed lead that requires follow-up to prevent a criminal act.
Security for information derived from the FACTS application is provided in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Furthermore, all personnel who receive, handle, or have access to criminal history records or other sensitive information are trained as to those requirements. A violation of these requirements is both a violation of department policy and the criminal laws of this state.
The Connecticut State Police understand the need to protect the privacy rights of its citizens. The FACTS program is only utilized for criminal investigation purposes. There are both internal and external safeguards with this system that would identify any abuses of the system.
Thank you for bringing your concerns to my attention and allowing me the opportunity to respond.
Colonel Timothy F. Barry
Colonel Timothy F. Barry
I had written to Col. Barry before and proposed Civilian Oversight of Police. I found out that when you propose a law regarding police or make a complaint about police officers to a politician the police are then notified. Before I was railroaded to prison I was warned by former Rep. Mordasky�s aid to leave Connecticut and sell my property ASAP as she warned me that the police liaison had told her that they (the Connecticut State Police) were going to retaliate for what I had written in the newspapers critical of them and for proposing Civilian Oversight of Police.
Should Police Departments, blindly get more and more tax dollars, keep hiring more and more officers, and get more and more power to abuse?
Well, I for one, think not.
-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)
Added March 2, 2004 6:45 EST:
Instead of being called Governor John G. Rowland of Connecticut, should he be referred to as Dictator Rowland?
Defense Says Governor Pushed Accident Case
March 2, 2004
By ALAINE GRIFFIN, Hartford Courant Staff Writer (ctnow.com)
A defense lawyer filed a motion Monday claiming the governor was behind the state's decision to prosecute a Vernon woman on charges she caused the 1999 crash that killed prominent Hartford-area businessman Neil Esposito.
Esposito's father, Raymond Esposito, used his political influence to force the arrest of Heather Specyalski, the woman police say was driving, defense attorney Jeremiah Donovan says in the motion, filed on the eve of jury selection and seeking dismissal of the charges.
Howard A. Jacobs, a New Haven attorney representing the Esposito family, scoffed at the most explosive accusation to date in the bizarre case in Superior Court in Middletown, accusing Donovan of attempting to prejudice the jury pool.
"Rowland has nothing to do with this at all," Jacobs said. "There is absolutely no truth in that whatsoever."
Meanwhile, spokesmen for the state police and Gov. John G. Rowland say they have no knowledge of any connection between the governor's office and the case.
Jury selection begins today, and those seated for the trial may finally unravel the mystery that has dogged the case: Who was driving Esposito's leased Mercedes-Benz convertible when it crashed?
Donovan says it was Esposito. But if the jury convicts Specyalski of second-degree manslaughter, she could face up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
State police investigators initially concluded that Esposito, 42, was driving when the car crashed on Route 9 near the junction of I-91 in Cromwell. But they later reversed their findings, saying Specyalski was behind the wheel. Investigators reopened the case at the insistence of Raymond Esposito, who sent a letter to then-Public Safety Commissioner Henry C. Lee about inconsistencies in the case.
Donovan's latest motion accuses the state of prosecuting Specyalski - a poor, single mother - at the behest of the governor. But it cites no specific conversation or correspondence.
"Neil Esposito frequently boasted of his family's influence with the governor," Donovan writes in the motion. Donovan cites contributions to Rowland's 1998 gubernatorial campaign, including $3,000 from Esposito and $2,500 from his father.
"The reopening of the case was the result of a request by the governor's office to reinvestigate the accident," Donovan writes in the motion.
He says a state police scientist "formerly believed to be independent and objective" investigated the crash for the Esposito family. "Such activities ... transform the state police into investigators for the wealthy'" and give the perception that "justice is something that can be bought by the rich," Donovan writes.
Esposito, a trash-hauler from Rocky Hill who many remembered as a philanthropist and contributor to high-level politicians, was a leading fund-raiser for juvenile diabetes. Legislators in 2000 voted in favor of a bill that proposed naming a span along I-91 in Wethersfield the Neil Esposito Memorial Bridge.
John Wiltse, a spokesman for Rowland, said Monday that the governor's office has "no knowledge of any involvement by this office" in the Esposito case. State police spokesman Trooper Roger Beaupre said he had "no knowledge of any communication between the governor's office and the state police" about the deadly crash.
Police arrested Specyalski in November 2000 and charged her with second-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, two weeks after she sued Esposito's estate, claiming his negligence caused the wreck that left her with debilitating injuries. A countersuit alleges that Specyalski, now 33, was intoxicated and driving out of control when the car veered off the highway at 100 mph.
The couple had attended a costume party at a Middletown restaurant prior to the crash. Tests showed both had been drinking.
Donovan claims his client could not have been driving because she was performing a sex act on Esposito at the time of the crash. The prosecutor, Assistant State's Attorney Maureen Platt, filed a motion last week asking a judge to bar testimony about the sex act without proof "which establishes a good-faith basis for such inquiry."
Platt declined to comment on the latest defense motion.
Jacobs, the Esposito family attorney, called state police's initial probe into the crash "a travesty" and claimed the lead state police investigator was eventually retrained in accident investigations.
Staff Writer Christopher Keating contributed to this report.
Maybe a �Godfather� style movie could be made about the Governor and his minions, the Connecticut State Police.
added March 22, 2004 7:10 AM EST
This was just emailed to the recipients noted below:
To Whom It May Concern:
Should someone that involves him/herself in the legislative process and speaks out in newspapers end up a target of police harassment, go to prison, lose family/friends/pets, his/her job, house, retirement, and be kicked out of Connecticut after spending time in prison?
I started writing letters to the editor in late �98 and was printed in the Journal Inquirer and the Hartford Courant starting with the issue of preserving the Sheriff System in Connecticut. It seems that the hierarchy in the Connecticut State Police was opposed to this and I saw that members of the Sheriff�s departments were targeted for arrests, prosecution, and were being blasted in the press.
If the police can take down a whole organization such as the Sheriffs then who am I as a lone individual?
I proposed Civilian Oversight of Police and wrote about the bias of police and the courts in newspapers. I exposed that police did little to help downtown property and business owners but did aggressively go after any revenue they could collect and properties/businesses they could come up with an excuse to seize.
After proposing Civilian Oversight of Police to former Rep. Mordasky by fax and sending a 4 page list of individuals and their crimes, with the information not being followed up on by police, Rose Marie of Mordasky�s office suggested I leave Connecticut ASAP as the Connecticut State Police were going to retaliate for my political activism, speaking out in newspapers, and for proposing legislation that angered police. She told me that the Police Liaison told her that I was going to really get it.
I believe orders came from the top of the Connecticut State Police, Arthur L. Spada. Police should not have the �Matrix System� if they are abusing citizen�s rights and circumventing the U.S. Constituion, before having the ability to covertly snoop and abuse citizens.
A citizen should be able to involve him/herself in the American Legislative Process without fear of arrest, prison, and losing everything financial and their families.
Please look into the links provided below and please help remedy the outrage if possible.
Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083
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