Hartford [Connecticut] Detective Avoids Prison
12:55 PM EST, February 4, 2008
A Hartford narcotics detective escaped jail time Monday when he agreed to resign from the department and repay money he stole from an account used to pay confidential informants.
Alfred "Nick" Henderson, 38, had entered a plea no contest on Oct. 26, 2007 to a charge of second-degree forgery. Prosecutors say he took more than $6,500 from the CI account during 1994 and 1995. Following an internal affairs investigation, he was arrested in January 2006 on charges of first-degree larceny, four counts of second-degree larceny and fabricating evidence.
Superior Court Judge David Gold on Monday granted Henderson to a one-year conditional discharge provided that he resign from the Hartford Police Department, repay the department $6,665 in restitution and agree not to sue the police department for any claim not related to his pension.
Prosecutors say that on four different occasions in 2004 and 2005 Henderson signed another officer's name in connection with withdrawals from the account. He also told a CI to lie to authorities investigating the charges, prosecutors said.
Henderson joined the department in 1994 and was promoted to detective in 1999.
Copyright © 2008, The Hartford Courant
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My comment to the Hartford Courant piece:
Hasn't this type of behavior gone on 4 or 5 decades too long.
There would be a "need" for so many cops if cops weren't paying citizens to commit crimes?
Informants commit crimes for police, including murder, an informant under oath:
Drug dealers can allegedly keep half the drugs and half of taxpayer money paid to police informants to break the law to set up bigger fish for big busts and the maximum property, asset, and cash confiscation.
It is time to end the free for all for police in Connecticut, institute Civilian Oversight of Police, and end the practice of using tax dollars to pay registered Connecticut Police Informants to break the law.
So, if police have money to pay criminals to commit crimes, police have no qualms about stealing the money directly, putting it is their own pockets.
The officer that was caught does what a too high a percentage of officers in Connecticut do, he just got caught, being sloppy. That is why this officer was given a free pass, he might tell on all the others.