Pickering investigation complete
Published 2:54 pm, Thursday, August 29, 2013
Krolikowski confirmed Tuesday that the internal investigation into a February bar fight, in which Pickering is implicated, is complete and he plans to make his determination early next week.
Krolikowski said his decision would take two weeks because of the complexity of the situation. DeMaio's report is 10 pages with 50 to 60 pages of appendices, he said, but there are other factors as well, including labor laws and union rules related to employee discipline, such as the need to give Pickering a chance to respond to the report, something Krolikowski called "response protocols."
"It's a priority and I expect to make a decision soon, (but) there are a lot of moving parts and I've got to get everything right," he said.
On Feb. 23, Pickering and 24-year-old Joel Anderson got into an altercation at the bar of the Forest Street restaurant Tequila Mockingbird, according the Police Department's June investigation into the incident. Following the altercation, Anderson, his friend and his mother reported the fight, in which Anderson, who is black, claimed racial slurs were said to him by Pickering's friend.
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Anderson and Pickering had a history, according to documents included in the Police Department's investigation, as Anderson was arrested by New Canaan police during a pot bust in 2011 and questioned by Pickering afterward. During that questioning, in which Anderson reportedly screamed curses and insults at Pickering, Pickering, who is white, told Anderson he would "hang for this." According to the report, the comment prompted a 2011 internal review by Krolikowski, who was then a captain, and Pickering apologized for the inappropriate phrasing.
On June 4 of this year, the New Canaan Police Department released a statement that criminal charges against Pickering had been dropped following the state's attorney's review of the evidence.
At the time, the department said it would commence an internal investigation of Pickering to determine whether his conduct violated any of the rules and regulations of the department's Manual of Conduct and Discipline.
Today, Pickering remains on paid leave, awaiting the conclusion of the ethics investigation. Since Pickering has been on paid leave since March 11, he's earned more than $46,000.
His base salary is $98,388, according to New Canaan Director of Human Resources Cheryl Pickering Jones, who is his sister, which translates to roughly $1,890 a week.
Additionally, Krolikowski noted that on occasion over the months, other officers would handle shifts that might be covered by Pickering were he working. Krolikowski said he did not know how much overtime has been required to cover such shifts.
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