Connecticut state trooper suspended after assault arrest in Groton

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH)– A Connecticut state trooper has been suspended after he was arrested on assault charges following an incident at a bar in Mystic on Saturday.

Groton police say 52-year-old Jeffrey A. Meninno, of Waterford, was arrested at his home following an assault that took place at around 1 a.m. at the “Chapter One Restaurant, Bar and Grill” in Mystic. That’s where Meninno allegedly struck another patron in the face several times, according to police. The victim was taken by ambulance to L&M Hospital for treatment but their current condition is unknown.

Police say Meninno also allegedly pushed another person who tried to intervene. Meninno left the restaurant following the incident and was later identified by witnesses.

Meninno was charged with assault and breach of peace. He has since been released on $2,500 bond and will appear in New London court on June 20th.

Trooper First Class Kelly Grant  said because of the arrest, Meninno  “has had his police powers suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.”  She added that Meninno’s “badge and gun have been confiscated and the matter has been referred to the Connecticut State Police Bureau of Professional Standards.”

Meninno released the following statement regarding his arrest:

I am embarrassed and totally mortified by my actions this past weekend.  I am ashamed at how it reflects on me, my family and my Department.

I’m not going to explain what happened because nothing justifies my reaction but I will say I am very sorry for my actions, the victim didn’t deserve to be treated the way that I did. “

The Connecticut State Police Union released the following statement Monday afternoon:

The members of the Connecticut State Police Union strive to uphold the high standards of professionalism and public service that each of our members swore to uphold when they became Connecticut State Troopers. While we are disappointed to learn that one of our members was arrested, all of the facts and circumstances involving the alleged incident have yet to be reported, and the public should not rush to judgement based on headlines alone. Regardless of the outcome of the case, it is important to remember that State Troopers risk their lives to protect the public and that for every report like this, there are hundreds of examples of heroism and public service by the members of our union.”

Meninno, who was formerly a union vice president, was removed from his position earlier this year. He was not a union official at the time of his arrest, according to a news release from the State Police Union.

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