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Would You Ever Ticket Your Police Commissioner?

Would You Ever Ticket Your Police Commissioner?

New Haven Register via YellowBrix

April 21, 2011

EAST HAVEN — Officer Dennis Spaulding has a knack for turning up in the middle of things — this time ticketing a police commissioner Tuesday moments after the commissioner left the police station.

Police board member Joseph Civitello confirmed Tuesday night that Spaulding issued him an infraction for driving without a front marker plate.

“He gave me a ticket,” Civitello said of Spaulding.

“Evidently, over the winter my front marker plate became dislodged and was missing,” said Civitello.

Civitello said he was leaving the police station on North High Street Tuesday afternoon — driving behind acting Chief of Police Gaetano “Guy” Nappi, and with two police cruisers behind Civitello. Nappi turned right; Civitello and at least one of the cruisers turned left.

When Civitello got over the bridge that carries High Street over Interstate 95, the cruiser behind him flashed its lights and pulled him over.

Neither Nappi nor Deputy Chief John Mannion could be reached for comment.

Civitello, asked whether he thought the police officer was just doing his job, said, “I’m not going to talk about it. It’s just what it is. It’s whatever people want to read into it.”

The ticket is an infraction and Civitello must either pay it by April 29 or take it to court. He said he didn’t have the ticket handy, and wasn’t sure how much the fine might be. The state statute governing infractions lists the fine for failure to display a marker plate at $117.

Spaulding was one of the two police officers involved in the controversial incident on Feb. 19, 2009, in which the Rev.

James Manship, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church in New Haven, was arrested after he videotaped police at My Country Store, a Latino-owned market on Main Street. The incident sparked a U.S. Justice Department investigation.


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    msjayelbee

    over 3 years ago

    612 Comments

    Well, I'm not a LEO--so, would you have ticketed me? If there are laws should they not pertain to every one?

  • Beyondthegraceofgodnn8_max50

    TXPD

    over 3 years ago

    332 Comments

    @NYTPD12

    True enough and arresting off duty LEO for carrying a gun is rediculous. It is just mind boggling that they did it. And that is a great quote, too.

    Oh, and bump means he agrees and was brining more attention to your post. It started on forums where threads are listed with the last one to have a post being at the top so people say bump on threads they like to put it at the top again.

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    NYTPD12

    over 3 years ago

    214 Comments

    Hey Bury, what do you mean by Bump? Did I say something out of line here? Explain, thanks.

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    edelgil

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Although all the details are not in the story; I have to agree with some colleagues and say that Spaulding was wrong. Daily, we just warn citizens concerning infractions. Stewardship is what seems to be lacking here.

  • Homer_nytp_max50

    NYTPD12

    over 3 years ago

    214 Comments

    @TXPD, Don't misunderstand me I agree if you put it this way and this is how it goes down. However, as a general practice it is not a good thing to ticket and disregard professional courtesy toward other LEOs. This is from another web site, but it states it well,

    "Professional courtesy begins with the officer being stopped, not with the officer making the stop."

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    619Reeves

    over 3 years ago

    230 Comments

    "Personal"

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    Gombino

    over 3 years ago

    2658 Comments

    Bump TXPD. Do your job, but exercise courtesy IF it is deserved.

  • Beyondthegraceofgodnn8_max50

    TXPD

    over 3 years ago

    332 Comments

    One does NOT ticket other LEOs, -NYTPD12

    Sorry but I CAN and HAVE. I have pulled over just about every LEO, firefighter and EMT in the county as well as a good sized number from other areas and I have cited two of them, both non-local, one of whom was speeding in a school zone. I have no problem with letting LEOs go but if you curse at me and act as though I am wasting YOUR time, then you dug your own hole. I'm not saying that is what happened here in the article but letting each other go is a courtesy, not a right.

    Oh, and, they both tried to complain to my chief saying how rude I was. He told them both to take a flying leap after watching their conduct on my video.

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    Retleo

    over 3 years ago

    5524 Comments

    There is an underlying story here somewhere. I hope that Officer Spaulding is not what this story paints him to be, if so his career path has very limited options.

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    Mikfly

    over 3 years ago

    96 Comments

    As a civillian, Im not sure how this would event would make it to the media, so I feel Tangohammerli's comment may be right when he suggests its a staged scenario for the public. If not, thats one heck of a burnt bridge for Officer Spaulding.

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    Bury

    over 3 years ago

    1342 Comments

    BUMP NYPD12

  • Homer_nytp_max50

    NYTPD12

    over 3 years ago

    214 Comments

    One does NOT ticket other LEOs,

    and if the guy one stops is being a big jackass it is advisable to call a supervisor to help make the decision. I remember years ago there was a problem like this between the NJSPD and the NYC Officers. NJ would not recognize LEOs from other States and thus found themselves arresting off duty POs heading home via the Parkway and stopped because of speeding. The off duty POs were packing and thus violating NJ gun laws. One section of the Parkway is within NJ before it turns into NY again. It got pretty bad & dangerous so the respective PBAs had to get involved.

    Officer Spaulding shows himself to have a very serious lack of common sense and discretion. But, this is a problem that is found most anywhere. I recently heard that FHP tickets the law makers in the Capital area when they are stopped for speeding. Now, these are not LEOs, however, they do make decisions and vote to decrease or increase raises for Troopers. With this in mind a little more discretion should be used.

    I think that common sense discretion is a thing that cannot be taught. This is something that comes with the exercise of character and experience.

    It is comforting that most LEOs here are showing they have some sense by their statements. Stay safe.

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    cgregor12

    over 3 years ago

    3026 Comments

    There is defiantly more to this story.

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    s3sk

    over 3 years ago

    3308 Comments

    If it was a random meeting then I could see it. The whole following thing sounds personal.

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    bluebrother

    over 3 years ago

    774 Comments

    Did his job..damed if you do, damed if you don't. After all does not the traffic code and traffic laws state everyone who operates any vehicle is to make sure all required attachments should be affixed? After all some thug could be using the missing plate on a stolen vehicle. Give the guy another ticket book, a better location, and a newer radar..go get them Officer Spaulding.

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