Pickering investigation being reviewed by state's attorney
Updated 3:35 pm, Friday, May 3, 2013
New Canaan Police Chief Ed Nadriczny said the department turned over the investigation to the state's attorney's office for review.
Pickering was placed on leave on March 11 following a complaint that he was involved in a fight at Tequila Mockingbird Restaurant on Feb. 23 while off duty.
According to the report, a group of individuals went to the police department at about 11:45 p.m. Feb. 23, claiming one of them was involved in a physical altercation with Pickering, who was off duty at the time.
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The complainants also stated that an individual with Pickering used racially offensive language.
Pickering remains on paid administrative leave pending the completion of the criminal investigation, Nadriczny said Friday.
Pickering's attorney, Eugene Riccio would not comment on the matter, Friday.
"I can't talk about any updates. We are fully cooperating with the investigation," he said.
First Selectman Rob Mallozzi said Cheryl Pickering-Jones, Frederick Pickering's sister and the town's director of human resources, would not be involved in any action or discipline of the officer, should any be necessary on the basis of potential conflict of interest. Mallozzi said the town could use an outside source to make those potential decisions.
According to the list of the top 25 municipal employees, Pickering made $152,112 in 2012.
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