FOI request to Old Saybrook ignored - Round 3

by Admin 31. July 2011 11:54

It looks like the Old Saybrook police department has decided to ignore my requests for prompt access to the documents and transcripts regarding the complaint I filed. It has been over thirty days since they received my previous request and I have received no response.

So round 3 begins with my new request:

FOI request

For reference: 

Round 2

Round 1

I think it is time for Old Saybrook to consider taking civil rights violations seriously.

FOI request sent to Old Saybrook (again)

by Admin 3. July 2011 09:15

Old Saybrook has had more than a reasonable amount of time to conduct their investigation into my complaint and I am again sending them a FOI request for the documents, contents and conclusions of that investigation.

I previously wrote about this, and I have sent the same request again.

It is time to see if Old Saybrook is going to do the right thing or the wrong thing.

FOI request

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.


FOI letters mailed to Wallingford and Old Saybrook

by Rich_B 11. December 2010 11:00

A few letters were mailed today. One is to the Wallingford Police Department, one version  is to the Old Saybrook Police Department.


Old Saybrook FOI Letter

Wallingford FOI Letter


These letters were sent certified mail with return receipts. Both of these police departments have proven to be non-responsive or resistant to supply information in the past, so I am covering my bases.

Wallingford certified mail receipts.

Old Saybrook certified mail receipts.

The letters were also sent to the mayor of Wallingford, First Selectman of Old Saybrook and the town clerk of each just for the record. I didn't feel it necessary to make these certified mail as well.

It looks like these should all arrive on Monday, and I will post the return receipts when I get them.

I will give each department one week to contact me before I contact them and find out what is going on. They need to abide by the law here and get me this information. In the past, I have had nothing but problems with Lt. Mikulski providing information that he is supposed to be provide in accordance to the law. It is sad that a citizen has to be the one to look up statutes and explain them to records divisions in police departments so that they can get public records that they are entitled to.

This will not be the same as those incidents. They need to step up their game and make sure they do things correctly. We will see if they can do things correctly.

Interview with Vinnie Penn - 960AM WELI

by Rich_B 8. November 2010 08:00

Vinnie Penn was nice enough to interview me on his radio show on 960AM WELI today regarding open carry and my incidents in Wallingford and Old Saybrook. 


Listen to the interview.

Is Connecticut Properly Policing Gun Owners?

by Rich_B 3. November 2010 10:00

Betsy Yagla writes a great article and it is published state wide:

New Haven Advocate

Hartford Advocate

Fairfield Weekly

Her article features many of the same issues I have been working on and reporting about here. Check it out, it is a very good read and a step in the right direction for this state.