NL police union wants Ackley placed on administrative leave

New London – The police union is calling for Chief Margaret Ackley to be put on paid administrative leave so the city can investigate a claim that she may have conducted an improper investigation into the immigration status of homicide victim David Romero.

"… serious allegations of conspiracy to violate civil rights have been lodged against the Chief of Police,'' union president Todd Lynch wrote Friday in a letter to Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio. "A peripheral matter that is disturbing to the members of the police department is that it appears that Chief Ackley may have violated an Executive Order."

On Monday, Attorney Robert I. Reardon filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court claiming Ackley was "inappropriately conspiring with federal agencies to uncover information about a man 8½ years dead." Reardon is representing Romero's girlfriend and sister in a wrongful death lawsuit that claims police failed to respond properly to escalating domestic violence incidents that resulted in Romero being shot to death.

"We hear the administration talk about transparency,'' Lynch told The Day Friday. "We don't want things to be 'do as I say, not as I do.' Let's hold everyone accountable.''

The mayor issued a statement saying the "matter is under review.''

The union alleges that Ackley may have violated the mayor’s executive order, which states “The New London Police Department shall not inquire into the immigration status of individuals … except when the status pertains directly to a criminal investigation.’’

 

 

READER COMMENTS

Loading comments...
Hide Comments

Stories that may interest you

Vintage ball in New London

Chuck Ciccarello, right, with the Thames Base Ball Club, tags out Claribel Connor, with the Woodstock Hilltoppers, during a game Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London.


Municipal meetings

Municipal meetings for the week beginning Sunday, May 19, 2019.


Community bids fond farewell to Ledyard Center School

Ledyard Center School got a sunny sendoff Saturday as students and alumni stopped by to visit and reminisce before the school closes in June.


Old Lyme’s zoning on board with possible Halls Road improvements

After years of envisioning a new commercial district on Halls Road, the Improvements Committee overseeing those changes received confirmation from the Zoning Commission this past week that the two entities could work together to further a new vision for the road.

TRENDING

PODCASTS