Connecticut Police Launch Internal Investigation Over Facebook "Threats" Made by Off-Duty Officer to Gun Owners

Over the weekend we discussed the story of a Branford, Connecticut Police Officer expressing his desire to kick in the doors of citizens that will not comply with the state’s blatantly unconstitutional assault weapons ban.


That officer, Joe Peterson, is now under internal investigation by the Brandford Police Department and is on leave.


Branford Police have launched an Internal Investigation into the allegations that an officer made written comments during a Facebook conversation that has alarmed citizens’ after the comment was posted publicly on the internet. The comment was made between the complainant and the officer, while off duty, during a fervent debate between the two over current and proposed gun laws.

The officer in question is Joe Peterson, who engaged in a heated debate on Facebook regarding gun control with a series of Facebook “friends.”

Branford police noted that the comments were made by Peterson while he was off-duty, and he has been out on an extended Workers Compensation Leave.

Chief Kevin Halloran confirmed the allegation and said, “We treat every complaint to our agency concerning our officers with the utmost of seriousness. This, like any other allegation will be thoroughly investigated and if any law, departmental rule or regulation has been violated the officer will be held accountable.”

There are screen caps of the exact Facebook conversation containing the alleged threat at the link.

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