Antigay allegations prompt Connecticut officer's resignation

BY Advocate.com Editors

January 08 2003 1:00 AM ET

A top Hartford, Conn., police official who was criticized for allegedly using an antigay slur to describe his departmental critics has resigned. Assistant Chief Louis A. Vega, a retired New York City police captain who was hired 18 months ago by Chief Bruce P. Marquis, told Marquis Monday that he planned to resign for "personal reasons," said Sgt. Maura Hammick, the department's spokeswoman.

"The department, like the city, is at a critical point," said Hartford mayor Eddie Perez. "I was hoping Vega would be part of the solution. It's disappointing to have him resign. I wish him well."

In October, the department's union membership considered holding a vote of no-confidence in Vega after he allegedly made antigay comments to a sergeant at the front desk, within earshot of the public.

Vega denied making the antigay slur, saying that as a Latino officer, he would not make discriminatory comments toward other groups. The allegations against Vega are still under investigation.

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