Windsor Locks fights order to reinstate fired cop

Robert Koistinen. (File)

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — Windsor Locks officials have decided to fight a state order to reinstate a police sergeant fired in 2012 for allegedly hindering an investigation into a fatal accident involving his son.

The town Police Commission voted Wednesday night to appeal an order last month by the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration to rehire Sgt. Robert Koistinen. The arbitration board said Koistinen should have been suspended but not fired for his actions.

A state jury acquitted Koistinen in 2012 of hindering the police investigation of the accident involving his son, Michael, who’s serving five years in prison for a drunken car accident that killed a 15-year-old boy in Windsor Locks.

Michael Koistinen also was a Windsor Locks officer at the time and was fired after the crash.

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