Case of Bridgeport cops accused of drinking on job takes unexpected turn

Just as hearings were set to begin Wednesday, a twist was thrown into the case of two Bridgeport police officers accused of drinking on the job. Fairfield County Weekly Editor Tom Gogola says he saw officers Hugo Stern and Brian Parker drinking while on duty at a restaurant on February 6. The department was supposed to begin making its case to the police commission Wednesday, but Gogola was not available to testify. Gogola?s lawyer claims they want to work out the parameters of his testimony under the shield law, which protects informants and notes of reporters. However, in this case, Mr. Gogola is the witness and the complainant. The officers were suspended with pay, but the police commission could stiffen the penalties. Police Board Chairman Thomas Kanasky Jr. says ?we can suspend the officers, take away holidays, vacation time or terminate their careers.? Police Chief Brian Norwood says he wants the commission to fire the officers. The hearing was pushed back to March 29.

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