1. CONNECTICUT -- Trumbull
A 1993 internal memo written by then Trumbull Chief of Police Ambrosini that was leaked by officers in the all-white 68 member department in June not only condones racial profiling, they say, but contains coded references that encourages officers to do it. In the memo, Ambrosini advises officers of a series of armed robberies in town and urges them to take the offensive. (click to read about the DWB harassment of a Black high Connecticut political official received in Trumbull)
Minority leaders dismiss those kinds of denials by law enforcement officials, and say that until police admit the practice exists -- and that it constitutes racial bias -- there is little chance for change.
They say that after years of trying to prove that profiling exists, the Trumbull memo comes as a form of validation, being the first internal police document in the state, perhaps the nation, that proves not only its existence -- but that it is sanctioned by the highest police authorities.
The episode, and others, has even prompted a United States Justice Department review and a full FBI investigation.
The Trumbull Police memo states "One form of deterrence might to develop a sense of proclivity toward the type of persons and vehicles which are usually involved in these crimes." It concludes "not only is it our obligation to enforce the motor vehicle laws, but in doing so, we are provided with a profile of our community and those who travel within its boundaries." While the chief Ambrosini denied knowing any police officer to racially profile motorists, he has suggested there is nothing wrong with officers keeping an eye out for "strangers" in the community.
Police Chief Thomas Kiely shared a letter with the Times, dated March 18, that he sent to David A. Sawicki of the Office of State Traffic Administration. The letter was received March 24.
Money from nothing?
In the letter, Chief Kiely requests a traffic study to be conducted for the installation of a light, and/or other improvements at 41-51 Monroe Turnpike. Helping hands who for monetary gain or what? Crooked Police men?
“This intersection is a private driveway to a commercial development that includes a Fitness Edge and two restaurants,” Kiely writes. “There is a safety concern for vehicle operators attempting a left turn due to multiple traffic lanes on Monroe Turnpike. this safety concern is enhanced during the morning and afternoon/evening business hours.”
Kiely sent the state motor vehicle accident information for that section of Route 111. According to the police chief, the developer of the shopping center, Sound Development Group, has no plans to enhance traffic control at this intersection.
Kiely also spoke to how busy the shopping center has become: “This development gets very congested and there is also a parking problem there,” he wrote. “I believe this development has progressed to be a major traffic generator on Monroe Turnpike.”