HARTFORD — The city’s police chief has terminated the second of two police officers since the beginning of November.
Chief of Police Daryl K. Roberts announced on Friday that he terminated Officer Rhashim Campbell, who was arrested for domestic violence on Nov. 1, 2009. Campbell was one of two HPD officers accused of assaulting a man in custody. The other was Officer Kent Lee, who retired last year after prosecutors refused to sign his arrest warrant.
Campbell’s firing came after an internal affairs investigation, according to a press release on Friday.
A Hearing Panel consisting of three Hartford police captains found that Campbell, who was on the force for five years, violated two sections of the department’s code of conduct, namely knowingly or willfully making a false entry in a department record and intentional excessive use of force in an arrest, or in the performance and execution of other official duties, officials said.
Campbell was arrested Dec. 10 and charged with third-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence. He is expected to appear at Superior Court in Hartford Tuesday.
Roberts stated: “The Hartford Police Department will not tolerate the mistreatment of our citizens, especially those in our custody.”
The two firings in the first week of the month are of two people of color allegedly behaving badly. The other firing was of State Rep. Hector Robles, who was also found to have allegedly falsified records.
City observers say that the firing comes at a time when the city’s police department has failed to hire minority police officers.
Nicholas Carbone in a recent interview said that under Robert, there has been no minority police officer hired.
City officials were unavailable for comment at press time.