New Haven officer fights suspension

New Haven Police Department headquarters (File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A New Haven police sergeant is fighting a 15-day suspension given for a comment he allegedly made last June at the front desk of police headquarters.

The New Haven Register reports William Koenig was reported to have complained that a person had to be black or perform a sexual favor in order to work in the chief’s office.

Koenig was suspended in April after a coalition of black officers raised concerns in February that he had not been disciplined.

Koenig’s attorney, William Palmieri, says Koenig denies making that comment, and the police union will file a grievance.

Koenig has said he was discussing a rumor that someone had “blackmailed” a city official to obtain a position, and someone may have thought he was instead talking about a “black male”

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Information from: New Haven Register

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