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UPDATED – New Haven, CT firefighter charged with bribing witnesses to bolster discrimination claim. Union head says ‘there may be another story’.

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A New Haven, Connecticut firefighter who has a current discrimination case against the department had been charged with bribery in connection with the case. Firefighter Aaron Brantley’s case against City of New Haven, the New Haven Fire Department, Assistant Chief Patrick Egan and Capt. Matthew Marcarelli claims that Brantley was given “nonsensical” assignments to complete while on light-duty. Brantley had suffered an on-the-job shoulder injury.

According to news reports, it was Assistant Chief Egan who brought the allegations to New Haven Police that Brantley attempted to bribe two firefighters to back up his claims and split the settlement with them. Union President Jim Kottage walked out of police headquarters with Brantley and said there may be more to the story.

Brantley is free on $20,000 bond.

Rich Scinto, New Haven Register:

A source familiar with the matter said the arrest is in relation to a pending discrimination case that Brantley filed with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. The case recently was scheduled for mandatory mediation in April.

Brantley allegedly attempted to bribe two minority firefighters to testify that Assistant Chief Patrick Egan and Capt. Matthew Marcarelli discriminated against him based on his race, a source said. He allegedly offered the two firefighters a percentage of any monetary settlement he won.

WVIT-TV:

According to the New Haven Register, Brantley claimed he was being discriminated against when he was tasked with painting fire hydrants, cleaning windows and doing errands, as well as other duties while recovering from an injury. In response, he filed a complaint with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the report states.

Attorney Hugh Keefe, who is representing Brantley, said his client has been with the department for eight years, has received several commendations and is a terrific firefighter who saved several people from burning buildings.

 

Thomas MacMillan, New Haven Independent:

 

Brantley showed up at police headquarters just before noon to turn himself in. He was accompanied by his brother, his fiancee, firefighter union President Jimmy Kottage, and attorney Hugh Keefe.

As he waited outside for his client to be processes, Keefe said, “Aaron is a highly reputed New Haven firefighter. … It’s a very thin case against him.”

“I’m here for support,” Kottage said, after Brantley got into the passenger side of Keefe’s black BMW and drove off. “When the smoke clears, there may be another story here.”

 


 

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  • JustSayin’

    Just doin’ it like the big dogs…

    Read an article the other day …

    About three-quarters of BFDNY firefighters retired with disability pensions in recent years,
    up from 50 percent before 9/11.

  • 8truck

    Painting hydrants and running errands is discrimination? I would take that over washing the dishes and cleaning the bathroom anyday.

  • Tom

    Hate to be a d*ck but this is what happens when you hire to an imaginary quota rather than hire guys that truly want the job because they have a love and passion for it. When moved to light duty that is the crap that you need to do like it or not. IF you can’t hack the job than quit and make room for someone who actually wants and dreams to have that position. Too many departments worry too much about hiring to quotas and hiring guys with degrees who end up not liking the job once faced with the reality of it.

  • http://facebook.com Ms. KARMA

    WHAT A DUMB MOFO!!!!! TRYING TO BRIBE…….WITH MONEY YA DON’T EVEN HAVE YET!!!!! LOSER!!!! BIG PUSS CAN’T STAND A LITTLE WORK!!!! GUESS HE WANTED TO SIT ON HIS HUSKY “ASH” AND GET PAID FOR NOTHING!!!!!