New Haven aldermen raise concerns over police chief’s behavior


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The New Haven Police Commissioners meeting Tuesday night included discussion about the police chief’s behavior.

A group of alders raised concerns about Chief Dean Esserman’s behavior in and out of uniform. The Chief was reprimanded after threatening to shut down a game at the Yale Bowl because he couldn’t get a ticket. Chief Esserman chalked it up to a “bad day”.

Sources tell the News 8 Investigators that outburst was not an isolated incident. On several occasions, the chief has lashed out at individuals and even caused scenes at Tweed Airport.

“Respectfully, I understand you’re doing a story, but I have no comment,” said Esserman after the meeting.

“Don’t you think the people of new haven deserve a bit more than that?” asked News 8 Chief Investigator David Iversen.

“I respect that you’re asking me if I want to have an opinion, but I don’t,” said Esserman.

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