Perez reinstates Guardians president
BRIDGEPORT - The president of The Guardians, the Police Department’s minority officer organization, who is awaiting trial on assault charges, has been reinstated in the Police Department.
“Effective immediately Officer Davon Polite will be assigned to uniformed services “A” Shift patrol from administrative suspension,” reads the memo from Police Chief Armando Perez.
The memo was sent out the same day that the chief sent out the memo suspending his aide, Capt. Mark Straubel who has been accused of sending racist texts.
Perez declined comment.
“I am happy he has been reinstated,” said Polite’s lawyer, Dennis Bradley. “He has really been a shining star in the department and it’s good to see a fine young man back on the city streets protecting the public.
Last March, Polite, a 4-year member of the police force and the then newly elected head of The Guardians, was charged with second-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace in connection with an incident in 2016 outside a city restaurant.
Polite replaced Lonnie Blackwell as head of The Guardians. Blackwell was demoted from lieutenant to sergeant by the chief in connection with a fake racist letter that was distributed in the department.
Police said Polite was off-duty when he allegedly dragged a 41-year-old city resident from his van and beat and kicked him after the man’s van collided with Polite’s Mercedes sedan on Sept. 19, 2016, on Hurd Avenue.
The state Judicial Branch website states the case is scheduled for trial on Sept. 10 but Bradley said state prosecutors have made them a “serious offer in an attempt to resolve the case.”
“My client maintains that he was defending himself,” Bradley said.
On Sept. 19, police were dispatched to Bridgeport Hospital for an assault victim, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. The victim, who was being treated for trauma to his face and bruises in his side, stated he was leaving the Pioneira restaurant on Hurd Avenue about 1 a.m., when he turned right and his van accidentally struck a newer red Mercedes sedan causing minor damage.
The victim said a man got out of the driver’s seat of the Mercedes and they got into a confrontation that ended when the man dragged the victim out of his van and, along with at least one other man, beat and kicked the victim, the affidavit states.
The affidavit continues that the victim said he was told the man who attacked him was a police officer and he subsequently identified officer Polite as his assailant. The affidavit states that Polite is the owner of a 2014 Mercedes sedan.
A woman who claims she was in Polite’s Mercedes at the time of the incident, said she saw the victim on the ground and she yelled for Polite and the other men to stop assaulting him, the affidavit states.
Another woman said she saw Polite, his father, Marvin Polite and a third man assaulting the victim following the collision.
″(She) told the three males that she was going to call the police, and one of the males replied that she didn’t have to call the police because a cop was already there,” the affidavit states.