Bridgeport officers disciplined over racial letters

The Bridgeport Police Department is taking disciplinary action against two of its officers over a racially charged letter that was distributed within the department.



The city says Lt. Lonnie Blackwell and Capt. Robert Sapiro face a number of actions for their roles in the case, including not following protocol. Officials say Blackwell be will demoted to sergeant and Sapiro will be demoted to lieutenant.



As News 12 has reported, the racial letter, written on city letterhead with the words "White Power," was sent around the department in early 2015. State police say now-retired police Officer Clive Higgins told investigators that Blackwell, his superior, told him he should write the letters to bring attention to the department with respect to ongoing racial complaints.



Higgins and Blackwell are both African-American, and Sapiro was Blackwell's supervisor.



The city says that the investigation has been long, and police administration wants to put it behind them.


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