Monday, May 3, 2010
A VALUABLE LESSON, DON'T MESS WITH THE MARINES
A couple months ago, Hartford Police Lieutenant Jason Thody was apparently "partaking" of Hartford's night life with a couple buddies of his in the Union Place area downtown. During that time there was apparently also two members of the United States Marine Corp also"partaking"
of Hartford's night life.
Unfortunately, as the night progressed the paths of the Marines home on leave and the paths of Lieutenant Thody and his buddies crossed. As is a nightly occurrence in the Union Place area, the mix of alcohol and testosterone can be problematic. From here the story has a couple versions depending which one you hear.
The Hartford Police Internal Affairs report hasn't been released yet, but here's what various police sources have told me. Apparently, the two Marines and Thody's two buddies got into an altercation. Here's where the two versions veer off though. In one version, Thody was also an aggressor, in the other version Thody was trying to break up the fight. An officer that was also at the scene that night told me the first scenario was correct and Thody came close, in his words, to "taking a pinch". Translation is that Thody almost got arrested.
Fast forward to the fight being broken up and the end result was the Marines both got arrested and the Lieutenant and his buddies walked away. Actually, from what I am told, Thody didn't just "walk away", he had to seek treatment for a broken nose. Like I said, don't mess with the Marines. Again, I'm not sure what the IAD report shows, but apparently it did show fault on Thody's part.
Thody was demoted today from a Lieutenant back to Sergeant for his involvement. I have not been able to find any information on the status of the Marines court cases. Hopefully the court also did the right thing and dismissed the charges.