CT’s Esserman Suspended Over Restaurant Incident

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New Haven, Ct., Police Chief Dean Esserman is on paid leave from his job as police chief after he allegedly berated wait staff at local restaurant, the New Haven Register reports. The three-week suspension, termed a paid leave of absence, was announced yesterday by Mayor Toni Harp

The suspension came two weeks after a 170-42 no-confidence vote by the department’s union membership. A witness told Harp the chief berated a member of the wait staff about the service at a restaurant and caused a disturbance to the point where some patrons asked to be moved to another table. Sgt. Rich Miller of the Police Union’s executive board said “what amounts to a 15-day paid vacation” for Esserman “is a slap in the face to the hard working officers of the New Haven police.”

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