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Bunnell Student Reportedly Punches Cop

Stratford police say the officer was from a different department, at the school to interview the student.

An altercation at erupted around noon when a student being interviewed by a police officer got upset and punched the officer.

Deputy Chief Joseph McNeil said the police officer involved was from another department and the student is a juvenile, so his name would not be released.

McNeil said Stratford police officers were at the school investigating the incident, but he knew few details because the investigation had not been concluded.

Stratford Patch will provide updates as more information is made available.

Robert Chambers May 24, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Another department? as in another towns police department? Surely a better place for that kind of "interview" would be away from school wouldn't it? Did the other department at least notify SPD they were coming?
Baseball Mom May 24, 2012 at 08:25 PM
How can a police officer be allowed to question a minor without the parents present? This sounds really fishy.
concerned May 25, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Police don't need parents to interview a juvenile unless they're a suspect and 16 or under. How do you know the parents didn't give permission? Interesting you're focusing on the Police actions instead of a student assaulting an Officer who was speaking to him. Imagine if he punched you or another student, I'm sure you would demand Police action.
George E. Mulligan May 25, 2012 at 12:56 AM
P eople should not punch people. A ctions can cause reactions. L est one assumes, there must be a reason for a police officer to be in the S chool rather than patroling?
George E. Mulligan May 25, 2012 at 12:58 AM
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Robert Chambers May 25, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Oh I'm sorry, were they there to present him with a good citizenship award? The only reason for cops from another town to track down a kid at school is to interrogate err excuse me interview them. I don't see the "juvenile"'s age listed so perhaps concerned knows more about what is going on than everyone else... were you party to the investigation? Any time the cops come looking for you, you're a suspect already and talking to them will NOT help your case. Keeping the hell quiet might. Even guilty people have the 5th amendment right to not incriminate themselves. Look at the Bill Of Rights, read them, exercise them once in a while.. then you'll know what you're missing when they are gone.
pbagpiper May 25, 2012 at 01:27 AM
If the juvenile is not charged with a crime you have the right to question a juvenile without the presents of a parent.
Robert Chambers May 25, 2012 at 01:38 AM
You can question anyone you like. The police don't have the RIGHT to question people that's just what they do in order to do their jobs. The Juvenile even if he/she hasn't been charged with anything does have the RIGHT to keep their yap shut until they have a parent or even better counsel there to represent them.
Mike Reynolds May 25, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Unless you were there then you don't know what the circumstances were. No one opining here knows. Therefore you can't throw the cops under the bus. Perhaps they were questioning the kid because he is a witness and he lashed out because he didn't want to rat out a friend. We just don't know.
lewis morris May 25, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Yup he could have kept quiet. He chose to throw a punch.
ted Aub May 25, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Does out of context mean anything here ? Have the courtesy to get all the facts before throwing anyone under the bus . You, yourself would would want the same treatment .
Robert Chambers May 25, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Oh I'm not disputing that resorting to violence is completely wrong and regardless of what the individual was being questioned about, punching anyone just added huge amounts of heartache to their existing troubles. No what I would like to know is why was a parent NOT called to be with the kid? Perhaps if they'd have done that or chose a time when a parent was available the juvenile in question might not have felt that throwing a punch was their only option. If the police decided to question one of my kids and I wasn't informed and allowed time to be there I'd be seriously upset (but there would be no punches thrown). It's common courtesy.
Mike May 25, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I have to wonder what the cop did to get the kid so upset. One day the police from another town came to my rental property looking for someone. They intimidated my tennant's elderly aunt to the point of tears. They knew the elderly woman was not the person they were looking for. Chief John Buturla promised me that he would send officers to remove them if they returned.
Baseball Mom May 25, 2012 at 02:13 PM
According to another news source yesterday. There was a fight someone was punched and they were not sure if it was a police office or the security guard.
Patricia Pell May 25, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I agree that the punch should not have been thrown. However, what did the officer do to elicit such a response. Police in this town act like cowboys...think they can do anything they want. Like question minors without representation, harass to they point where you might think you have no options, etc. I agree they need to do their jobs, but they don't need to act like they are gods.
Robert Chambers May 25, 2012 at 07:17 PM
That hasn't been my experience with SPD at all, I've always been treated with respect and courtesy. Until proven otherwise I'm going to assume that Stratford is doing something right. A standard "interrogation" scuse me interview technique is to create such a feeling of unsettlement in the perp that they break down. I'm not saying that's what happened here but most normal folk don't just start out throwing punches. I'm sure there was a lot of stress involved. If they needed to question the kid why do it at school? Why not just take him/her down to the station, call the parents and do it properly? it's not like the cops don't get paid by the hour.
George E. Mulligan May 26, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Interesting passions and posturings behind the postings. Some feel some can do no right? Some feel come can do no wrong? Is there a single post based on facts or are they all speculation or opinions? Yet, that is fine for commentarys, free speach and Constitutions rights for all parties. It is the Constitution with holds itself to be the Supreme Law of the Land in two places. - Much is left to interpretation. - Much is left to delegation The Military oath of office is to uphold and defend the Constitution from enemies foreign & domestic. Where does it designate divine rights to Democrats or Republicans or to their political appointees, who control the appointment, hiring, and promotion practices? It does mention "high crimes" and "misdemeanors." There are a vast majority in government who are a credit to the flag they wear or our country we serve. Even the best can make honest mistakes, with zero inference in this case, and there are some who aren't the best. Would anyone contend the BLUE WALL doesn't exist and special considerations are extended to others and their families? Would anyone not conceed there are crazy people, mean people, stupid people, and others which can make the profession to be dangerous and subjected to confrontational circumstances? I'm supporting Robert Chambers questioning of possibilites, whereas I'm in no way criticizing proper conduct & difficulties, while also conceding the suspect's situation.
George E. Mulligan May 26, 2012 at 02:58 AM
FYI - If the majority were posting against police in such an ambivalent and speculative situations, I would likely lean towards the minority to seek balanced perspective. There are situations where I know, absolutely know, there's color of the law. Unfortunately empirical facts & circumstances are causal to belief mitigational & exculpatory situations exist towards entrapment. EXAMPLE: If certain PENSIONS were created using FRAUD & CONSPIRACY then those CONTRACTS are VOIDABLE. Thursday's CT POST had references to the John Rowland Law whereas PENSIONS can be VOIDED or REDUCED .... There are potential clawbacks. This is analogous as why OLD MAFIA get arrested and jailed. Those patrons who turned a blind eye died or lost power, so the OLD MAFIA or GANG leaders are no longer useful and replaced by younger MAFIA or GANG leaders of the replacing political YOUNG LYIN LIONS who are used by the entrenched. - Like changing of the guard. There exists in LAW ways to ELIMINATE all PENSIONS and HOLDINGS of the PRESIDENTS, SENATE, CONGRESS, JUDGES, RANK MILITARY, CORPORATE, and BUREAUCRAT. How much of a BRIBE would it take to SELL out OUR CONSTITUTION? How much of a BRIBE would it take to SELL out YOUR FAMILY? How much of a BRIBE would it take to SELL out others' FAMILY? When laws are bent, the slippery slope affects everyone. I hold back the singular legal term which any office would recognize probable cause of the reasonable person standard.
ted Aub May 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM
I am happy to see the interest level here but you all missed my point which is that you were not given the complete story so you judged an incident which has very strong social and constitutional implications based on an out of context article in a publication that should have waited until it had all the facts .The statement "one can't get a second chance at a first impression " applies here in the pre-prejudiced catagory.When one has the power to sway public opinion like the media , a code of ethics should apply in the area of waiting to expose a story until all the facts are in.
George E. Mulligan May 27, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Mr. Aub, your post states it better than I. That is consistent with my intent, per police & suspect, which (I believe) you properly include the press.
Craig Zac May 29, 2012 at 07:15 PM
well the kid is probably better off being interviewed at the school .. in front of witnesses so as to say, "fall down or trip" or lets say.... have a little "misshap" and wind up hurt and scuffed up and bruised as could happen at the police station, sometimes, maybe, by chance... If one was to hit an officer that is.
Craig Zac May 29, 2012 at 07:20 PM
the officer could have done nothing to make the kid throw a punch. some people, kids included, are just like that for whatever reason. im not here to judge either the officer or the student but I do know that for some, throwing a punch at a police officer is not a big deal and they dont think anything of doing it. Respect for authority, adults or eachother in teens has pretty much been thrown out the window these days. I can only imagine the punches that would have been thrown at me when i got home if I hit a cop...lol geeze!!
Kris May 30, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Well-played, sir.
Robert Chambers May 30, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Well I'd guess after the battery the kid was arrested so who knows how tuned-up he got by the time he arrived at the police station. I will be interested to hear more on this story assuming more information is forthcoming.
Dom DeCicco May 30, 2012 at 06:16 PM
..amd we can speculate all we would like because the law prevents us from knowing who this kid was and what he was tought to have done wrong, so he will probably return back to the school system and no one will know until something goes wrong again. Fools.
Dom DeCicco May 31, 2012 at 09:43 AM
I guess the Make Your Day program and the PBIS program that the state brought into the schools is not working as well as they are reporting. But we will never know; due to the shields they have built around youthful offenders-- no names, no particulars, and we can't even know about previous criminal acts. So, instead we are forced to trust that the "number magic" used in reporting suspensions in the schools is real (LOL) and that our children are safe. Last week, I heard a story about who and how awards are handed out at one of the high schools and I almost fell out of my chair. Are we awarding the wrong students for the wrong things possibly? You know what I'm talking about.

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