Depositions, Transcripts, Video Clips & IA Complaint

ANATOMY OF A:

HARTFORD POLICE INTERNAL AFFAIRS COMPLAINT

Link to YouTube video of the Park Street Incident

Link to the YouTube video of the Kelsey Street incident

Link to Internal Affairs complaint filed on Monday September 15, 2014

This is the crucial text contained in the IA Complaint filed:

After initial contact with a HPD officer, I crossed over to the North side of Park Street to the intersection of Hungerford Street, where other non-police individuals were gathered and viewing the shooting victim and area of police activity.

It became very apparent and is documented in the video record, that a supervising member of the Hartford Police Department noticed the undersigned, pointed in my direction, and proceeded to direct and instruct other subordinate HPD officers to move people including the undersigned to areas where they would not be able to view the deceased shooting victim or the public safety activity taking place on Parks Street. It is my belief that the order to move and repeated verbal threats of arrest were a direct attempt to limit and restrict the media in their news gathering duties while on public property outside the crime scene. It is requested that circumstances of this incident be investigated and that ALL officers involved be disciplined and provided with mandatory instruction and written directives in First Amendment rights.

 

The following stipulation was agreed to on December 16, 2017.  Attorney Harris did NOT file her motion on Monday as promised and the issue was not resolved IMMEDIATELY as desired by Attorney Baird.

Eight months plus later, the court has rendered a written ruling on Atty. Harris’s motions, and this webpage is created for the public to read, review and understand the information contained in the sworn transcripts and videos of the depositions taken.

THE FOLLOWING 12/16/2016 TEXT IS TAKEN FROM

A DEPOSITION TRANSCRIPT 

S T I P U L A T I O N S

It is stipulated by the Attorneys for the Plaintiff and the Defendant that each party reserves the right to make specific objections in open court to each and every question asked and the answers given thereto by the witness, reserving the right to move to strike out where applicable, except as to such objections as are directed to the form of the question.

It is stipulated and agreed to the adequacy of the notice.

It is stipulated and agreed between counsel for the parties that the proof of the authority of the Commissioner before whom this deposition is taken is waived.

It is further stipulated and agreed that the Deponent will read and sign the deposition transcript.

HARRIS: So I raised with Attorney Baird it’s come to my attention that Mr. Peruta has put portions of the deposition — of his deposition on the Internet.  I don’t think that’s appropriate under the Rules.  I intend to file a motion for protective order, but I have not yet done so since it just recently came to my attention.  I think Attorney Baird disagrees with that position, and what we’ve agreed to do is that Attorney Baird will hold off putting anything on the Internet until I can file the motion on Monday, and I promise to file it on Monday. Does that comport with our — would you agree?

BAIRD: Right. The agreement is that I will instruct my client not to distribute this deposition or other depositions taken in the case on the condition that counsel, Attorney Harris, files the motion on Monday so that the issue can be resolved immediately, because I am not in agreement that the contents of a deposition, whether a written transcript or video, is subject to nondisclosure unless there is a specific ruling on that.

HARRIS: Okay. I’ll file on Monday.

Fair.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE COURT’S RULING REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF WRITTEN TRANSCRIPTS AND RECORDED VIDEO OF DEPOSITIONS.

 

The August 30, 2017 rulings rendered by the Federal District Court regarding disclosure and discussions regarding Transcripts and video depositions.

 

Links to Sworn Depositions

 

Deposition of Plaintiff Edward A. Peruta

Deposition of Hartford Police Chief James Rovella

Deposition of Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley

Deposition of Hartford Police Internal Affairs Lt. Michael Coates

Deposition of Investigator Jacqueline Manning-Bainer

Deposition of Civilian Review Board Liaison Kimberly Taylor

Deposition of Retired Hartford Police Sergeant Sean Spell

Deposition of Hartford Patrol Officer Stephen Barone

Deposition of Hartford Patrol Officer Vincenzo Marfella

 

Links to Video Depositions (to be posted soon)

Segment of Chief Rovella’s sworn testimony

Segment of Hartford Police Officer Stephen Barone’s sworn testimony

Segment of Integrated Security Services employee Jacqueline Manning Bainer’s sworn testimony

Segment of the sworn deposition of Hartford Police Lt. O’Brien