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Whistleblower Accuses Connecticut Police Of Corruption & Retaliation

NEW HAVEN (CN) - A whistleblower in the Connecticut State Police was harassed and ostracized for speaking out about corruption in the ranks, Sgt. Andrew Matthews claims in Federal Court.

Matthews was working as an internal affairs officer when he says he learned that the police department regularly covered up the misconduct of fellow officers, including crimes, drunk driving, family violence and misuse of state money.

He revealed his findings to the New York State Police and was designated a whistleblower by state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Matthews claims Col. Edward Lynch, Lt. William Podgorski, Maj. Christopher Arciero and Col. Thomas Davoren retaliated by isolating him from the force and calling him a "cancer."

He says Blumenthal refused to officially acknowledge the retaliation or publish Matthews' report until after the November 2006 election. As a result, he says he faced "prolonged isolation, ostracism and harassment" at work. He seeks punitive and compensatory damages. See complaint.

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