The city’s police chief is among the many who think that officers covered up the circumstances surrounding the on-duty, high-speed crash of a police cruiser by Officer Robert Mosback.
“I don’t doubt there was a cover up,” Police Chief John DiVenere told Mayor Art Ward on the day that an insurance investigator phoned City Hall to let officials know that a hospital toxicology report showed Mosback was drunk at the time of the June 26 wreck.
In his Sept. 22 discussion with the mayor, DiVenere added that “nobody would be able to prove” that a cover up occurred.
That proposition may be tested.
The city is waiting for word from the state’s commissioner of public safety about whether the state police will probe the case following a plea last Friday from Ward.
“We’d like to get started as soon as possible,” Ward said late Wednesday.
In Ward’s letter, the mayor said he is seeking state police help “because of the lack of public confidence in the Bristol Police Department and my own concern that the department is not able to conduct an impartial internal investigation in this matter.”
Edward Krawiecki, Jr, the city attorney, said the city is waiting for a response to its request.
Ward said he even offered to pay the costs of the investigation since he’s aware of the budget constraints imposed on state police. He also indicated that “all city personnel will be made available at the investigating officer’s convenience.” Click here for the full story.
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