It’s not hard to figure out the priorities of some cops during a storm. They’re more worried about their paychecks than police work. This is a total abuse of power.
While city was struggling to recover from a devastating storm, police said the mayor’s son, Peter Finch, grabbed a fallen street sign, tucked it under his arm and walked with it into a local bar.
“It’s just unbelievable,” said Police Lt. Thomas Lula, head of the Police Department’s Strategic Enforcement Unit. “Everyone’s out clearing trees, cleaning up and he stops to get a souvenir.”
Finch, 28, of West Parkway, was charged with sixth-degree larceny. He was released on a promise to appear in court.
He couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
According to Lula, at about 6 p.m., a half hour after Mayor Bill Finch’s city-wide curfew went into effect, Peter Finch took the “Broad Street” sign from a fallen pole at the corner of Cesar Batalla Way and Broad Street, tucked it under his arm and walked with it to Murphy’s Law on Fairfield Avenue.
“Officers saw him walking with the sign and then go into the bar,” Lula said. He continued that officers Frank Cuccaro and Frank Delbouno went into the bar and issued Finch the summons.
“He claimed he was going to turn it in to his father,” Lula said. “But he walked past a half dozen public works trucks that he could have turned it in to on his way to the bar.”
Really? Did Lula offer full disclosure to the Connecticut Post? That Frank Cuccaro who pinched the mayor’s son is the former head of the city police union the mayor seeks concessions to close a budget gap? Is it unbelievable to Lula that someone would pick up a street sign from the ground that was blown away by tornado-like winds? Is it unbelievable that cops have nothing better to do? They’re now pinching people for picking up a felled street sign? Picking on the mayor’s family because they have a beef with the mayor?
How is it that police were able to see Pete Finch carrying the sign, but not the actual sign itself? What’s wrong with saying okay give us the sign? How do they know his intent? He had such intent to ‘steal’ the sign that he posed for a picture of himself holding the sign? So three police officers during a catastrophic storm, during this state of emergency, where folks are displaced, roofs disconnected from buildings, are investigating the mayor’s son for a sign that was on the ground? You want to argue Pete should have shown better judgment? Okay. What about the police showing better judgment? This has nothing to do with police work. (And I hope not one cop receives a layoff slip.) It has everything to do with abuse of power, and some cops’ beef with the mayor because he wants union concessions, and threatens layoffs.