Police Abuse

Cop Whose Own Police Dept. Tried Unsuccessfully to Arrest Has Long History of Misconduct


not enough evidence of a crime here according to the expert
Enfield Police Department

Earlier this month, police in Enfield , Connecticut wanted to arrest Matthew Worden, one of their own cops, on charges of assault and fabricating evidence related to the violent arrest of a suspect in April. Their arrest warrant was rejected by the state's attorney in Hartford, Gail Hardy, because there were "many moving parts" in video captured of the arrest.

This week, the Hartford Courant, which has run several stories about this incident in the last month, ran an editorial calling on the chief state's attorney to re-examine the case, pointing to the number of civilian complaints filed against the officer in the last seven years. The editorial begins:

Enfield police officer Matthew Worden has lived on the edge.

He has been the subject of 14 civilian complaints in the last seven years, The Courant recently reported, with allegations ranging from rudeness and discourteous conduct to excessive force and racial profiling. He was the object of about a third of the 26 complaints against the nearly 100-officer department in the last four years, half of the six filed in 2013.

But other than one suspension of 60 days, after he got into a fight with a fellow officer in 2007 during a domestic dispute with his then-girlfriend, none of the complaints stuck and Mr. Worden's career has progressed without interruption.

The newspaper argues that it usually ought to be "difficult to prosecute police officers for on-duty actions" but in this case, especially considering the department's interest in arrest and prosecution, it ought to be easier. The editorial suggests cops should generally "get the benefit of the doubt," but that after seven years of misconduct Worden should not get that.

Worden remains on paid leave as the department is still conducting its internal affairs investigation into the April beating.

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  1. That’s a cop? Strange, I thought they generally had short hair.

    1. I think that’s the guy the cop beat up.

  2. The newspaper argues that it usually ought to be “difficult to prosecute police officers for on-duty actions” but in this case…

    It should be no more or less difficult than anyone else, actually.

    1. If you fellate the state, you must equate.

    2. They wouldn’t want the pigs to think they’ve lost the taste for bacon cock, now would they? Thay might lose their precious access.

    3. It should be easier, what with the camera they should have on them at all times.

  3. So even when the paper gets it right, it still kisses cop ass. It’s ingrained deeply, it seems.

    Also, did you know the Courant is the longest continuously operating newspaper in the US? That’s many, many years of suck.

    1. Is it older than that paper in New Hampshire? Or is “continuously operating” the difference?

      1. The New Hampshire Gazette is about 10 years older but wasn’t continuously operating. It was started in 1756 and the Courant in 1764.

        1. I see that you are quite the connoisseur of old papers.

          1. I don’t trust any newspaper not printed on hemp.

          2. If you grow up in Connecticut it is de rigueur to go on school trips to the Courant multiple times. They are very keen to tell you about being the longest operating paper.

            1. I wonder what the oldest one in the world is? Someone look it up. Come on, we’re waiting here.

              1. All I could come up with was this.

                It’s the product of about twenty seconds of searching, so I don’t know if it’s true.

                1. Does it lose its title for going digital?

  4. The editorial suggests cops should generally “get the benefit of the doubt,”

    The benefit of what doubt?

    1. After they are indicted, they should get the same presumption of innocence that real people get.

      Other than that, no, I don’t see how they should get any benefit of the doubt that isn’t extended to real people.

  5. The editorial suggests cops should generally “get the benefit of the doubt,”

    Yeah. Ask Kelly Thomas’ dad how that works.

  6. I will say again-

    If I looked out a window and saw a uniformed police officer getting the living shit stomped out of him in the middle of Main Street at high noon, I wouldn’t lift a finger to assist him in any way.
    I’d just assume he deserved it.

    1. Any time I hear about cops getting injured or killed on the job, I assume they deserved it.

      1. I’d be upset, but only because the porkchop would be elevated to sainthood by the local media and cop lickspittles, his punching-bag wife would get a bunch of tax money, and they’d shut the city down for the afternoon for his funeral.

        Other than that, I’d figure he victimized someone along the line and/or stood idly by while his coworkers did the same, so fuck him.

    2. I wouldn’t see it.

  7. that after seven years of misconduct Worden should not get.

    Occasionally writers create phrases that need correcting. This phrase really needs.

  8. So apparently if you’re so bad that the Thin Blue Line? won’t cover for you any longer (which I didn’t even think was possible), you can count on the state’s attorney who is apparently too stupid to be able to watch a video and pick out the misconduct.

    1. Yeah, its a shame they aren’t elected. Otherwise, you could probably beat her with a single ad:

      [run footage of beating]

      [run footage of her saying “I got nuthin'”]

      [run slow-mo excerpts of beating]

      Tagline: Believe your lying eyes. Vote MegaloMonocle for state’s attorney.

      1. Nah, she’s a diversity hire. She’s literally immune to any sort of criticism.

  9. Police are held to a higher standard. That’s why they should get the benefit of the doubt, i.e. held to a lower standard. Because it’s a tough job, which makes them heros…i.e. better than you or me. Which is why we must forgive their brutality. The circularity, it burns.

    1. Everyone’s against us, so we have to treat everyone like a suspect, which turns everyone against us.

      Cops r dum.

  10. 3 possibilties for the photo:

    1)That cop is lefthanded (the latin for which is sinister)

    2)That cop is righthanded and has truly practiced the “bitch slap”

    3)He kicked that poor guy in the head after he was already down.

    Of course all three should be easily provable in court.

    1. Oh, or the photo is reversed.

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