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Connecticut police officer with multiple arrests is fired

August 22, 2019

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut police officer with a history of domestic violence arrests has been fired.

Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez announced that Officer Steven Figueroa had been terminated, effective Wednesday afternoon. In a statement, Perez said an investigation determined Figueroa is “wholly unfit to serve as a police officer” and “violated his oath of office and the public trust.”

The Connecticut Post reports 29-year-old Figueroa was arrested six times over the past two years by various police departments. Three arrests occurred this summer, including a first-degree sexual assault charge. He was suspended without pay from the department on July 22.

His lawyer has said Figueroa maintains his innocence. A union spokesman declined to comment on the firing.

Democratic Mayor Joe Ganim recently issued a video, demanding action be taken against Figueroa.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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