Police: Ex-Norwalk officer arrested for forging traffic stop violations
A former Norwalk police officer has been arrested following an independent investigation stemming from claims he forged traffic stop violations to numerous motorists in 2021.
Edgar Gonzalez, 31, turned himself into Norwalk police Tuesday and was charged with computer crime and forgery.
Norwalk police received a complaint from a motorist in April 2021 who had been notified of being involved in a traffic stop that the motorist said never happened.
After an internal review, it was found there were numerous records of car stops reported in Norwalk police computerized records by then-officer Gonzalez where out-of-state motorists had been cited as having received written warnings for minor motor vehicle violations. Investigators contacted some of these drivers who also alleged that the stops had not occurred.
These allegations prompted a records audit, which determined Gonzalez had entered false information on several occasions over the course of several months. The state's attorney requested a criminal investigation be conducted.
Gonzalez resigned from his position as a Norwalk police officer on June 18, 2021 after serving for five years in the Patrol Division.
Norwalk Detective Supervisors conducted an independent investigation, which led to the arrest warrant for Gonzalez.
"I am very disappointed in the actions of Mr. Gonzalez, and am thankful that the initial incident was brought to our attention. This allowed us to then fully investigate the complaint and assure that in addition to the criminal investigation, the records were corrected. Conduct such as this will not be tolerated and we will hold our officers accountable for their actions," Chief Thomas Kulhawik said.
Gonzalez's bond is set for $100,000.