Lawrence chief wants arrested officer fired
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Lawrence Police Chief John Romero has asked Mayor William Lantigua to fire a city officer who is in a Florida jail awaiting trial on a child rape charge.
Romero wrote a letter to Lantigua saying he believes there is sufficient cause to fire Carlos Gonzalez for “conduct unbecoming a police officer.”
The Eagle-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1099YeA ) reports that Lantigua did not return a message seeking comment on the termination request.
Gonzalez is one of three police officers Lantigua has left on the city payroll although they are on administrative leave from the department and facing criminal charges.
The state’s Inspector General, who investigates fraud, abuse and waste of taxpayer money, warned Lantigua the city should not be paying police officers who are off the job and indicted on criminal charges.
Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com