Cell phone video appears to catch Clinton police officer sleeping on job

Clinton police officer

CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH)–Cell phone video shows what appears to be a Clinton police officer in uniform, in a cruiser, taking a snooze on the side of the road.

Gregory Hicks of Clinton was out fishing and caught the video on his phone.

Hicks said he thought the officer was sleeping for at least 40 minutes.

“That’s how long I was there, and he was here when I showed up,” Hicks said.

Hicks said he believes the officer should be held accountable. He filed a police report on Friday and shared his video on social media.

“I believe when they’re in uniform, they should be good role models and good people for the community to view, and I don’t think sleeping on the side of the road is really that,” Hicks said.

Police said Hicks has a couple of motor vehicle charges with the department.

He said he doesn’t have a vendetta against Clinton police.

“Not at all. I just believe police should be held accountable,” Hicks said.

Hicks’ video has gotten 300 shares on Facebook.

Julie Deneen, who has seen the video, said she’ll give the officer a pass.

“If he fell asleep, he fell asleep. We’re all human. I don’t think it’s a big deal,” Deneen said.

Clinton police had no comment on the matter.

Some Clinton residents said the incident just reflects the fact that officers are overworked and understaffed in town.

Others disagree.

“We have a pretty big police force that obviously isn’t needed in the town,” one resident said. “There’s a lot of wasted time, and maybe this just proves it.”

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