EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (WWLP/AP) — A retired East Windsor police officer is being investigated in connection with allegations he asked “law enforcement friends” to kill a Chicopee man accused of posting a Facebook comment threatening police.
The Journal Inquirer reports that authorities said the former Connecticut officer, Raymond “Doug” Humphrey, made a comment on his Facebook page in reference to an alleged post by Chicopee resident Charles DiRosa.
Police in Massachusetts said DiRosa wrote on his own Facebook page, “Put Wings On Pigs,” a threat similar to one made by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who authorities say fatally shot two New York City officers on Dec. 20 and killed himself.
“Enough stress going around with police now you know with the shootings and stuff like that I wouldn’t put anything on about it,” Thomas Kasulinous, of Chicopee said.
The Chicopee Police Department put up a Facebook post with photos of DiRosa and said they gave his information out to surrounding police departments for officer safety. And they also recently posted their terms and conditions reminding people that their page is controlled and not a public forum.
Humphrey, referring to DiRosa, asked friends to “kill him dead.” He has an unlisted telephone number and did not immediately respond Friday to a request for comment on Facebook.
DiRosa has a history of criminal charges in Chicopee:
- 2005 – Number Plate Violation to Conceal ID, Unregistered Motor Vehicle, and Speeding
- 2007 – Assault and Battery, Aggravated Assault and Battery
- 2009 – No Inspection Sticker, Operating Motor Vehicle with Suspended License
- 2010 – Operating Motor Vehicle with Suspended License
- 2011 – Felony Breaking and Entering Building During Daylight
PER EAST WINDSOR POLICE DEPARTMENT FACEBOOK PAGE:
“The East Windsor Police Department has just been made aware of allegations involving a Mr. Doug Humphrey and his reported aggressive or seemingly violence provoking comments on a public Facebook page operated by the Chicopee, Massachusetts Police Department.
Mr. Humphrey voluntarily left employment with the Town of East Windsor more than 8 years ago for another law enforcement position in the State of Florida. His involvement with or any connection to the Town of East Windsor or the Police Department has been completely separated.
The reported comments made by Mr. Humphrey are his and his alone. He does not reflect the beliefs of the East Windsor Police Department, our culture of fair and equitable public service, our long earned trusted community member status, or thoughts of any individual members of this dedicated public safety agency.
We have absolutely no connection or association with Mr. Humphrey or his listed business, except that he is currently listed as a resident of the Town of East Windsor, and he may or may not draw some form of pension due to his past employment, many years ago.
The public and our community can be assured that this matter is being taken seriously. Before the East Windsor Police Department takes any official steps or actions we must ensure that an impartial and comprehensive investigation is completed. We must know all of the facts, determine if or what crime has occurred, and that we have jurisdiction to take formal action. The East Windsor Police Department will use all of its available resources and legal assistance to assure that this happens in a timely fashion.
Everyone should know that we, the East Windsor Police Department, do not tolerate this type of activity or beliefs, in any way. We would like to thank the community for promptly bringing this matter to our attention. We are taking this matter seriously and will work diligently for a successful conclusion.”