The Hartford Police Department has a cancer in its midst, and like any cancer it needs to be removed quickly to keep the rest of the body healthy.
That cancer is Hartford Police Officer Kamil Stachowitz. Stachowicz is a racist cop who has no problem referring to African Americans using the "N" word in Public. His behavior was well confirmed by the Foxwood's Tribal Police as they banned him from the Foxwood's Casino for life. His lifetime ban was the result of a racist tirade inside the Casino when he freely yelled the "N" word as well as other racist remarks. He also made it a point of letting everyone know that he was a Hartford Police Officer while doing it.
HPD and the City of Hartford, as well as the Mayor and Council can't have it both ways. You can't be holding meetings asking for the support and confidence of the community, while at the same time condoning racist behavior. Police Officers that respect the residents of Hartford don't throw around the "N" word during racist rants.
Last night, I personally put Councilwoman Jennings and Councilman Anderson on notice of Stachowitz's behavior. They claimed they didn't know anything about it, but now that the Foxwood's incident reports are posted and public, ignorance is no longer a defense.
What will City Hall do? Will they allow this cancer to grow until God forbid we are the next Ferguson or Baltimore? Or will they assume the leadership roles we expected when we elected them?
What will the Hartford Police Union do? Will they continue to support a racist cop , providing attorney's for him for his IAD interviews. Or will the majority of Union members stand up and say that Stachowitz's behavior is not representative of them and is offensive to all of the other Union members that conduct themselves with dignity and respect for the people they serve. Since Stachowitz's behavior didn't happen on duty , why is the Union obligated to defend his racist actions?
The union's actions also strengthen the appearance of the Union defending bad cops, rather than working to clean up the working conditions to protect the good cops.
A cancer diagnosis is never an easy thing to deal with, but everyone knows when that diagnosis is confirmed, difficult treatment decisions need to be made. That time is now and the difficult decision for removing the HPD cancer needs to happen now.
Below is another Foxwoods Tribal Police statement provided to me this morning by Foxwood's Police Chief William Dittma. The statement was omitted from my original request for documents.