Connecticut police under fire for DUI arrest contest

| Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Connecticut attorney general is considering a review of every DUI motor vehicle suspension in the state, thanks to a report that shows officers may have participated in a "100 Club" quota program.

According to the attorney general's 168-page report, officers at the Bethany barracks three years ago took part in a game to issue 100 drunken driving arrests for the year.

Unfortunately, that often meant officers mishandled evidence, didn't videotape arrests as required, or coerced motorists into not taking breathalyzer tests, the report claims.

Additionally, the report claims the State Police's Internal Affairs Department did little in the way of punishing individual officers for misconduct, despite the fact that of the 500 DUI cases brought forth by the barracks in 2003, only 14 of them were videotaped as required.

At a press conference, state Attorney General Kevin Kane said he was still deciding how to proceed now that the report is complete, but did say he planned to review individual cases to "determine what additional investigation is appropriate."

The Bethany barracks - which is responsible for covering 14 communities in its region - received a special commendation from the State Police in 2003 for its high number of DUI arrests, the Hartford Courant reported.

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