$15 parking ticket leads to race trial
Published 4:17 pm, Monday, June 29, 2015
A Cos Cob man who allegedly used a racial slur during an argument with a New Canaan parking officer will get his day in court.
David Liebenguth was arrested in September and charged with second-degree breach of peace following a dispute after receiving a $15 parking ticket in New Canaan.
Liebenguth insisted on taking the matter to trial. Jury selection is to begin July 1 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.
According to New Canaan police, Liebenguth was issued a ticket after a parking officer found his vehicle in an unpaid spot on Aug. 28. When Liebenguth returned to his vehicle and found the ticket, he reportedly confronted the parking officer and became verbally abusive, using profanity and a racial slur.
“Throw in police misconduct and municipal protectionism, big money and the prosecutor’s propensity to play games with the law and file false, exculpatory charges, and this case is lining up to be one of the most sensationalized cases in America’s newest home of race baiting, the town of New Canaan, Connecticut,” Liebenguth said.
Liebenguth is facing an additional charge beyond the breach of peace. In March, the
In his statement, Liebenguth attempted to link his case to national controversies, claiming the charges against him come from “the Al Sharpton playbook of how to falsely cry racial bias and discrimination when you are legally in the wrong.”
Liebenguth also criticized President Barack Obama in his statement, claiming he “clandestinely sneaks loud-mouth racists into the White House through the back door.”
The New Canaan Police Department is standing by its version of events and said a trial would make the case clear.