Review finds fired police captain secretly recorded officers

MERIDEN (AP) — Documents show a former Connecticut police captain who says he was wrongfully terminated has violated department policy by secretly recording other officers.

The Record-Journal reports that an internal investigation found Patrick Gaynor recorded a meeting in which Meriden Chief Jeffry Cossette placed him on leave in September 2016.

Gaynor later recorded another conversation with Deputy Chief Timothy Topulos in which Gaynor said he would go after Cossette "personally and professionally" for putting him on leave.

Gaynor's attorney, Daniel Esposito, says taxpayers should be "furious" the city is spending "hundreds of thousands of dollars" to disparage his client.

City Attorney Debbie Moore says she found the recordings while responding to a Freedom of Information request Gaynor submitted.

Gaynor was never disciplined for the recordings.

His case for reinstatement remains under review.



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