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Connecticut Police Commissioner Being Sued For Alleged Retaliation Against Sergeant

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AP
Then-Hartford Police Chief James Rovella poses at the police department's Real-Time Crime and Data Intelligence Center in Hartford in 2016.

A Connecticut state police sergeant says Commissioner James Rovella retaliated against him after he reported a detective’s inappropriate comments.

Sergeant Timothy Begley said in a lawsuit that he reported a complaint about the Hartford detective’s comments.

At the time, Rovella was Hartford’s police chief.

Begley says Rovella reassigned him within weeks of being made public safety commissioner last year.

Begley was then moved from the state’s counterterrorism unit to a midnight shift at a local troop.

Begley says he believes Hartford police didn’t investigate his complaint and no action was taken against the detective.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.