Connecticut

Connecticut Could Become First State to Allow Police Drones With Deadly Weapons

Photo: AlexLMX

Photo: AlexLMX

Connecticut could become the first state in the union to allow police drones equipped with deadly weapons should a bill making it's way through the state's legislature eventually become law.

The bill, which would otherwise outlaw drones equipped with deadly weapons, was changed to exempt law enforcement agencies. 

This has led to strong push back from civil libertarians and groups concerned with the potential for abuse. 

Although the bill has passed through committee it must now pass a vote among the entire state legislature.

Governor Dannel Malloy has not indicated if he would support the measure, should it pass the legislature.

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Connecticut Cops Help Deliver Baby Boy on Christmas Eve

Photo: Greg Capps via Ct. State Police

Photo: Greg Capps via Ct. State Police

Connecticut State Police helped deliver a baby boy on Christmas Eve after the child's mother went into labor on the way to the hospital.

Itohan Oyabure-Okafur called police after it became clear that little Ebenezer wasn't going to wait to make it to the hospital.

Connecticut State Police arrived on scene and helped safely deliver Ebenezer before escorting the mother and new child to the hospital.

Little Ebenezer and mom are said to be doing well.

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Connecticut Man Tries to Choke Police K9 During Arrest

Luis Ortiz;  Photo: via patch.com

Luis Ortiz; Photo: via patch.com

A Connecticut man is under arrest after he allegedly fought with officers and choked a police dog following a domestic violence investigation this past Saturday.

Officers Jay Kaufman, Matthew Clerkin, and Luigi Amasino, along with K9 Joker were called to the scene of an alleged domestic dispute at the Branford Motel on Saturday night.

When they arrived on scene they located suspect Louis Ortiz, 38, on a second floor balcony and as they approached him he became combative and lunged toward officers and their K9.

Branford police Captain Geoffrey Morgan stated, "As Officer Kaufman tried to take Ortiz into custody, he became combative and non-compliant with officers commands. Ortiz lunged at K9 Joker and was eventually subdued by Joker and the officers; however Ortiz tried to choke the K9 and continually fought with the officers."

Two officers were injured in the incident and received treatment. Joker reportedly did not require medical attention.

Ortiz was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. He has been charged with third-degree assault, cruelty to animals, and assault on an officer, among other charges.

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Three Police Officers Injured After Being Struck By Suspect Vehicle in Connecticut

Kevin McNeilly;  Photo: East Hartford Police Dept.

Kevin McNeilly; Photo: East Hartford Police Dept.

Three officers were injured in East Hartford, CT after they were struck by a suspect vehicle trying to flee the scene of a drug offense on Tuesday afternoon.

The officers noticed the suspect, 52-year old Kevin McNeilly, allegedly using heroin inside of a vehicle near the Hampton Inn & Suites when they approached his car.

McNeilly allegedly tried to flee the scene but backed into two officers, pinning them against another vehicle. When McNeilly turned to drive away he struck yet another officer. 

He was located a short distance away and ultimately apprehended following a brief chase. He is currently in custody on $1 million bail.

The officers were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Two of the officers were released and one was kept overnight for observation. All three officers are expected to survive.

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