Hartford Police Chief declares demotion, suspension for detective who proposed murder wager

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) –A Hartford police detective has been demoted and suspended following a text message he sent. 

Hartford Police Chief Jason Thody announced on Monday that Detective Jeffrey Placzek become suspended with out pay for 120 days and eliminated him from the most important Crimes Division. 

This comes after Placzek alleged proposed a having a bet pool regarding the area of the first murder of 2021. 

Chief Thody talked about Placzek can be suspended without pay for 120 days and may make his return to the department contingent on passing a fitness for responsibility contrast in addition to completing a restorative justice program. Chief Thody additionally charged him with conduct unbecoming of a police officer. 

furthermore, Chief Thody expects the continued investigation into the contributors of the branch who got the textual content message might be accomplished through the conclusion of next week. 

Chief Thody introduced that Lt. Paul Cicero, who supervises the fundamental Crimes Division the place Placzek served, and was one of the most recipients of the textual content message, has been faraway from his role as the branch’s Public suggestions Officer and suspended from overseeing the most important Crimes Division pending the result of the investigation. 

Lt. Cicero additionally faced further self-discipline in response to the result of the investigation, as do other supervisors who obtained the message, based on the department. 

“Officer Placzek’s habits was unacceptable and destructive each to our department and our community, and today i’m demoting him and imposing a 4 month suspension with out pay,” spoke of Chief Thody. “it’s vital that every member of the Hartford Police department conduct themselves in a method that builds and strengthens a relationship of trust with our group, and this conduct undermined that relationship and undermined the work of each officer on our drive.  apart from his demotion and lengthy suspension, i’m also making his return to the branch contingent on passing a health for obligation comparison and participation in a community-based restorative justice software, which we are able to design in session with community leaders.”

Chief Thody referred to it seems a couple of supervisors took no documented motion when receiving the text message and didn’t report it to him. 

“Any supervisor who saw this textual content message and did nothing in response will also face self-discipline, and the entire instances of this textual content may be investigated. To me, the fact that there subsequently became no making a bet pool doesn’t exchange the fact that this warranted a significant response,” Thody noted. 

Now, it’s reached city corridor and city councilors are responding.

Hartford metropolis Council Democrats are calling for a division-large investigation. city Council President Maly Rosado released a press release announcing, “… I suppose anyone who would participate or knowingly approve of this category of behavior may still be held in charge. despite the fact, like with any occupation, there are some dangerous apples and as the metropolis’s elected leaders we now have take steps to raise transparency and accountability inside the Hartford Police department.”

city council Democrats usual a funds to redirect police funding to community sensitivity training and they’re in the system of authorizing the “Police Accountability overview Board.”

whereas no wager took area, Chief Thody says it’s nevertheless a violation of branch coverage asserting, “At a time when we are trying to build believe, i am upset during this conduct as i’m certain all of you’re.”

“after I read this text message, i used to be disgusted, angry, and disillusioned. The thought that certainly one of our detectives would focus on making a bet in any manner on a tragedy is appalling. I have heard from many participants of our group who are distraught about this, and i need them to know that I share their anger. i am also taking this motion to show to all and sundry in our department that, as skilled cops, even on our worst days, and no matter what number of complicated and painful issues we see each day, we need to maintain the excessive necessities of behavior that our community rightly expects of us – essentially the most crucial of which is a deep and fundamental respect for every single person we serve in this neighborhood,” Chief Thody said. 

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin launched a statement announcing, “The officer who despatched this message demonstrated a profound disrespect for our neighborhood and a deeply troubling lack of judgment. Chief Thody has imposed critical self-discipline, including both demotion in rank and a prolonged 4-month suspension without pay, which I support, and that i predict that extra discipline might be coming for supervisors who acquired this message and didn’t take action.”

Placzek is a 16-12 months veteran of the branch. The department says he has no prior disciplinary list past one illustration of documented counseling related to an incident where he broken an elevator button together with his foot, which he self-mentioned.