The supervisor of the Connecticut state police internal affairs unit was transferred yesterday amid accusations made to the attorney general’s office that complaints against troopers were not being investigated ethically and fairly, reports the Hartford Courant. Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle confirmed the transfer of Capt. Michael Guillot and said others will likely be moved from the unit.
The complaints focus on questionable tactics and findings in investigations against troopers. There are allegations that cases were being influenced by high-ranking members of the department’s command staff, based on whether they liked the trooper who was being investigated. One complaint filed with Blumenthal’s office alleges that a trooper was investigated based on a complaint by his estranged wife that the trooper had gambling problems and that he smoked marijuana. The internal affairs unit reportedly spent hours of overtime on surveillance and searching through the trooper’s garbage for evidence, but found none. The case was dismissed by Boyle.