Norwich police officer fired

Norwich – Norwich police today fired suspended officer Douglas Morello for "non-disciplinary" reasons, Police Chief Louis Fusaro announced in a press release.

Morello, a 16-year veteran officer was suspended without pay for 90 days beginning Jan. 2, but remained on unpaid leave for reasons throughout the investigation Fusaro had said he could not discuss.

According to a heavily redacted police investigation, an unidentified woman reported several incidents of being followed by Morello both in his police cruiser and on foot into stores. The report described in detail the incidents, blacking out all street names store names and references to the complainant, except to say that Morello worked the "West Side beat."

In a Dec. 15 letter to Morello, also heavily redacted, Fusaro said "separate and apart" from the suspension outlined in his initial discipline, Morello was "required" to do two things also blacked out in the letter to ensure "your continued employment as a police officer."

A source said Morello had a termination hearing on Friday.

"On Sept. 13, 2010, the city separated police officer Douglas Morello from employment for non-disciplinary reasons. The city otherwise is unable to comment regarding the matter," Fusaro wrote in a written press release Monday.


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