Old Saybrook police investigatory interview

by Rich_B 20. December 2010 09:00

I went to an interview with Master Sergeant Robbert van der Horst. Essentially I just made another statement, presumably to supplement the hand written complaint I submitted the day I made my original complaint. 

Interestingly, I was not allowed to bring my voice recorder in with me. He actually asked for me to leave it in the car. I am not sure why the PD would not allow you to record yourself giving a statement. It would seem to me this would be a mutually beneficial situation. In fact, I was actually not allowed to have my pens, cell phone or belt either, they were stored away in another room during the interview. A passage from Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant comes to mind:

"[Obie] Said, "Kid, I'm going to put you in the cell, I want your wallet and your belt." And I said, "Obie, I can understand you wanting my wallet so I don't have any money to spend in the cell, but what do you want my belt for?" And he said, "Kid, we don't want any hangings." I said, "Obie, did you think I was going to hang myself for littering?" Obie said he was making sure, and friends Obie was, cause he took out the toilet seat so I couldn't hit myself over the head and drown, and he took out the toilet paper so I couldn't bend the bars roll out the - roll the toilet paper out the window, slide down the roll and have an escape. "

Overall, the Master Sergeant was professional, and nothing of interest really arose of this interview. He did not discuss anything of the case, only took my statement. I did realize after I had left that I had forgotten to include Patrolman DeMarco's additional (inappropriate?) contact in my statement, but I am not sure it is worth redoing the statement just for that. Patrolman DeMarco can be as blissfully ignorant as he wants to be for now. We need to fix the Sergeants first, and the rest later.

At the end of the interview, he gave me a letter from Chief Spera stating that they cannot supply me the documents I requested because the investigation is still ongoing and requesting that I reply in writing that they are allowed to wait until the completion of the interview to supply the documents. I agree of course, and I will respond accordingly. Of course, since it had been a month and a half and I had heard nothing about the investigation, I had to assume the investigation was either cancelled or completed. I am fine with waiting for the investigation to be complete of course, because it will save me an additional FOI request.

[Letter to be posted...]

Lets see if they actually conduct a real investigation, or if they just jerk me around and insult my intelligence like Wallingford did. I want to have faith in OSPD, I really do.