WASHINGTON (Circa) – A Police officer in Hartford, Connecticut was caught on camera telling a group of young men that he is “trigger happy” was fired.
The Hartford Courant reported, internal affairs investigators found that officer Stephen Barone violated the department’s code of conduct when he said he felt “trigger happy” and used inappropriate behavior when he approached seven men.
Police Chief David Rosado released a statement involving the 10-year veteran of the Hartford Police Department.
“It’s clear to me that there’s no scenario in which Mr. Barone can return to his duties as a productive member of the Hartford Police Department.”
Officer Barone admitted to the errors of his actions and decided he could have used a different choice of words but believed his actions were effective according to the Hartford Courant.
Video of Officer Barone and his interaction with the young men surfaced in August.
He is heard saying, “If anybody wants to fight or run, I’m a little trigger-happy guys, I’m not gonna lie.”
Barone suspected the men of trespassing, the Hartford Courant reported.
Barone was promoted to Sergeant in 2016. He was demoted after the video was released, according to the Hartford Courant.
Police Chief David Rosado stated that the decision to terminate Barone was not easy.
“I reviewed them for a few days to really think about this, because this is not a decision you can make lightly.”
The Hartford Courant reported that this is not the first incident Officer Barone has been involved in. He previously broke department rules in July and was disciplined in 2016 because he turned off his cruiser’s camera to pursue a violent chase.
According to the Hartford Courant, Barone can appeal to his termination.