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Trooper tells caller seeking help, 'Too bad'
Conn. officer suspended after comment caught on tape

The Associated Press
Updated: 2:32 p.m. ET March 22, 2005

LISBON, Conn. - A state trooper was suspended for 15 days without pay after he was recorded on a 911 tape saying “too bad” to a caller seeking help for a man injured in a motorcycle accident.

State police said the dismissive answer by Trooper Robert Peasley did not affect the response time to the accident involving Justin Sawyer, 21, who died of a severe head injury a week after the crash last August. Peasley was suspended on Monday.

Russell Shepard, a friend of Sawyer’s, called 911, which was routed to the state police barracks in Montville. When he reported the accident, Peasley said, “Yeah ... too bad,” and hung up, according to a tape obtained by WTNH-TV.

Shepard said he was shocked, believing he reached a wrong number.

Another friend made a second call. “Yeah,” the officer responded. “Help will get there. Shouldn’t be playing games.”

A third emergency call was answered by a different dispatcher, who asked about Sawyer’s condition and advised those nearby to not touch him.

“I am absolutely outraged every time I hear that ‘too bad’ and then click,” said Sawyer’s father, Jim Sawyer. “I only know that I would have felt a whole lot more comfortable if I had heard people responding on the end of that 911 call with some heart and caring.”

State police said the comments by Peasley, an 18-year-veteran, were unprofessional, and the agency apologized if “our actions added to the family’s pain.”

© 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

YIKES!!! Theres got to be more to this story... I hope. :shock:
 

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I would venture to guess that wherever the crash was is some sort of unofficial raceway and there have been numerous crashes/pursuits/violations involving motorcycles at the location...It's the only explanation I can think of and would make sense.
 

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I saw that on TV tonight. I understand the fact that it could be a possible raceway, but why would you ever say that when you KNOW you are on a recorded line? Should be interesting to see what happens...
 

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I saw that on TV tonight. I understand the fact that it could be a possible raceway, but why would you ever say that when you KNOW you are on a recorded line? Should be interesting to see what happens...
That's what I mean, it sounded like a few years of built up frustration.

P.S. The guy has 18 years on the job. I believe CT Troopers can retire at 20. I bet the 15 lost days aren't bothering him that much.
 

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He has really given a bad name to troopers in my state. It's a shame this happened and a shame the kid died. But your right, Belichick, I doubt he's too upset about this.

Unfortunately, I don't know much about anything East of the river so I don't know the road at all. It just looks bad for the state and the department.
 

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Foxracingmtnridr";p="60557 said:
He was wayyy out of line. I hope he get's canned and the state get's sued. That is un believable. Just my :2c:

Scott :rock:
Honestly? Fired? For an inappropriate comment? A bit harsh, don't you think?

And what exactly would be the damages incurred to warrant a lawsuuit? There's no indication that a response was delayed or that the victim would have survived. I doubt his comments affected the victim's status.
 

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How would you feel if your son/daughter was injured in a crash and you had to hear the 911 tapes from their friends calling to get help and the dispatcher said tough and hung up on you.

He fucking hung the phone up on the kid trying to get help for his friend that was dying. They had to call 911 3 times for christ sake. That is where the delay was. You shouldn't have to call 911 more then one time.

I know if i was in his shoes I woulda been thinking the same thing but I would never have said too bad and hung up. that's not what he swore to do when he became a police officer. His job is to get the help to the people no matter what.

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I heard the audio this morning. This trooper sounds like a miserable SOB. He should keep his job but be restricted to desk duty. Can you imagine that guy on the road? Guy's like him are the reason why some law abiding citizens hate cops.
 

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I heard the audio this morning. This trooper sounds like a miserable SOB. He should keep his job but be restricted to desk duty. Can you imagine that guy on the road? Guy's like him are the reason why some law abiding citizens hate cops.
this is just the first time he was caught. this isn't something you just pick up one day. I highly doubt he woke up that day and was like F this I don't wanna deal with any calls at work today. this guy has problems that need to be figured out. It's guys like this that make the whole LE field look bad.

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Honestly? Fired? For an inappropriate comment? A bit harsh, don't you think?
It wasnt just an " inappropriate comment". It was dereliction of duty. There is no excuse for what he did, if he had a comment keep it to your self after you do your JOB.

I try and defend cops & ff till the end, this guy doesnt have leg to stand on---can him. :x
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Trooper Suspended 15 Days
Response To 911 Call Called Inappropriate
March 22, 2005
By TRACY GORDON FOX, Courant Staff Writer

A state trooper was suspended for 15 days without pay Monday for telling the friend of a seriously injured motorcyclist "too bad," and hanging up on him when he called 911 for help last August.

State police said Trooper Robert Peasley's behavior did not affect the response time to the accident or contribute to the death of Justin Sawyer, 21, of Bozrah. Sawyer died of head injuries several days after the crash in Bozrah.

"The investigation revealed inappropriate and unprofessional language," said Sgt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman. "The investigation revealed that despite the comments, state police and emergency service arrived promptly."

But state police Commissioner Leonard C. Boyle said residents expect more from the state police when they call for help.

"When someone reports a serious incident on a 911 call, the person receiving that call has an obligation to receive information, convey information back to that person and do so in a respectful manner," Boyle said Monday.

Sawyer's family hired a lawyer, complained to state police, and requested the tape of the incident after learning what the trooper had said to Sawyer's friend. No lawsuit has been filed. Sawyer's family could not be reached for comment Monday.

Peasley, who was working the dispatch desk in the Troop E barracks in Montville, was punished after an internal affairs investigation for several offenses, including conduct unbecoming a police officer, inefficient action and lack of decorum, police said.

The trooper hung up on the caller because he apparently thought he had received several other calls about the same incident. But Boyle said the investigation showed that the call from the friend was the first Troop E received for that accident. It also showed that Peasley was rude to a second caller who reported the accident, telling him Sawyer "shouldn't have been riding that way."

Union officials said they will fight to reduce the punishment, especially considering that Peasley, an 18-year veteran, has a good record and had not previously been in trouble.

"It's a tragedy. But the discipline imposed is extremely harsh and not warranted," union President David LeBlanc said Monday.

LeBlanc said Peasley and the one civilian dispatcher on duty on the evening of Aug. 17 were swamped with calls from another accident and several other incidents.

LeBlanc said the incident illustrates the stress on dispatchers and troopers who man the desks at the busiest barracks.

"It's out of control, and the agency has refused to staff it appropriately," LeBlanc said.

Boyle said the department is looking into ways to better handle 911 calls.

"In this instance, the investigation established the trooper had the opportunity and should have taken and provided more information," Boyle said.
 

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Foxracingmtnridr";p="60571 said:
this is just the first time he was caught. this isn't something you just pick up one day.
So, in your world, everyone that is arrested for a first offense OUI should be tried for a 4th Offense, because it is "just the first time he was caught."

The guy's never been in trouble before. This is the kind of attitude that makes some Police Supervisors complete a**holes. The "I know you've done it before" holier than thou BS. I'm sure we all (those of us that are actually Full Time Police Officers) have made mistakes at work before and no one needs some one else monday morning quarterbacking their mistakes, either.

The guy made a mistake and bought two weeks off which probably works out to be about a $2000+ fine. You can be in possession of Cocaine in this State and get a $100 fine. His comment had NO effect on the response of Emergency Services or the eventualy fatal nature of the accident.
 

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Poster child for the need of professional well trained career Dispatchers.

I doubt the Trooper will be fired. Besides union protection he did not delay the response time or care of the injured. I am wondering if PO's in CT who work in Dispatch have to be EMD certified like the civilian Dispatchers now have to be in CT. I also wonder if the Dispatcher who answered the call used EMD.
 

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The guy is a shitbird. Why do you keep defending him? Who cares if he's a fellow officer. If I worked with him I'd sure as hell be saying the same thing to my superiors as I am saying here about him.

I understand it didn't affect the response time but there is no need for someone to call 911 3 times. Also it was an internal investigation that says there was no delay in the response time. The fact that they had to call 3 times is delay enough.

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Foxracingmtnridr";p="60589 said:
The guy is a shitbird. Why do you keep defending him? Who cares if he's a fellow officer. If I worked with him I'd sure as hell be saying the same thing to my superiors as I am saying here about him.
A "shitbird"? The guy put in 18 years as a Cop, makes a wrong comment to someone on a phone, and he's a "shitbird", like coke dealers, rapists etc..??

Tell me for real, are you a full time Police Officer?
 
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