Alleged racial slurs lead to breach of peace charge
A 55-year-old white man was arrested in New Canaan after a black parking enforcement officer told police he used a racial slur and referenced Ferguson, Mo., while protesting a parking ticket.
David G. Liebenguth, of 17 Kent Place, Cos Cob, was arrested Sept. 17 on a charge of second-degree breach of peace.
Police said the 45-year-old parking enforcement officer issued a $15 ticket to Liebenguth's 1999 Ford Escort, which was parked in an unpaid spot on Morse Court, South Avenue, at about 10:30 a.m. Aug. 28.
While walking over to a nearby vehicle to issue another ticket, Liebenguth started an argument with him and became verbally abusive, according to police. The parking enforcement officer told police Liebenguth started swearing at him and said, "Remember what happened in Ferguson, Mo.?"
Liebenguth said he was issued the ticket because his car was white, police said. He also complained that the parking officer did not issue a ticket to the nearby vehicle, which also was parked in an unpaid space, according to the report. Police said the white female driving that second vehicle did not get a ticket because she returned to car before he started writing the ticket and said she was new to town and not familiar with the parking regulations.
When Liebenguth drove away, the complainant heard him mumbling a racial slur and an expletive, according to the report. Police said a witness heard both the Ferguson reference and the racial swearing.
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Police applied for an arrest warrant and Liebenguth turned himself in at 7 p.m. Sept. 17.
He was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 29.