Cops Cuff Firefighter

A dispute over who was in charge of a crime scene ended with a firefighter in cuffs

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    Firefighters and police officers arrived at the scene of a woman who had apparently overdosed on drugs, and then it got strange and the cop cuffed the firefighter.

    There's a rift growing between New Haven's Police and Fire departments after an incident ended with a firefighter in handcuffs Wednesday afternoon.

    Firefighters and police officers arrived at the scene of a woman who had apparently overdosed on drugs, and then it got strange.

    Fire Lt. Felipe Cordero was helping the victim at the intersection of Ferry and Dover streets, when he became upset with the way officer Newton Anderson handled the situation and it escalated to  an argument over who was in charge of the scene, the New Haven Register reports.

    Anderson told her to "go to North Haven to do your drugs", a witness told the New Haven Independent, and Anderson became harsh and berated the victim.

    That's when, the witness said, Cordero began to argue with Officer Anderson, the Independent reports. 

    That altercation led to Cordero being handcuffed and placed in the back of a police cruiser, according to both newspapers. 

    He was released a short time later and no charges were filed.

    New Haven Police Chief  James Lewis and Fire Chief Michael Grant have launched a joint internal investigation into the incident.