A New Canaan police officer is on leave after someone complained about an altercation at a local restaurant called Tequila Mockingbird and now the state's attorney is looking into the investigation.
A New Canaan police officer accused in a physical altercation at Tequila Mockingbird Restaurant in New Canaan while off-duty on Feb. 23 has been suspended for 10 days after an internal investigation into the incident.
Police said someone went to the New Canaan police department at 11:45 p.m. on Feb. 23 and reported being involved in a physical altercation with Lieutenant Frederick Pickering, an off-duty New Canaan Police Officer, at the restaurant at 6 Forest St.
The complainants also told police that someone in the group with Pickering used racially offensive language.
Pickering was placed on administrative leave in March, according to New Canaan Police, and the department conducted an internal investigation, which revealed that Pickering did not use racially offensive language.
Investigators determined that Pickering did commit some violations, including unlawful or oppressive use of authority, and Article 34-General Article, of the New Canaan Police Department’s Manual of Discipline, Rules & Regulations.
The State's Attorney also reviewed the case and said in June and said there would be no arrests.
“After a thorough review of all the evidence presented, I have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any specific person has committed a crime," State's Attorney David Cohen said in a statement released by New Canaan Police.
and determined that there will be no arrests.