Berlin council replaces police commissioner who resigned amid backlash to reported remarks

Berlin council replaces police commissioner who resigned amid backlash to reported remarks



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BERLIN — The Town Council recently filled a vacancy on the Police Commission by appointing local business owner David Rogan.

Rogan, a Republican, is a former member of the Inland Wetland and Water Courses Commission and is owner of Rogan Enterprises, a local tree removal company. He replaces Robert Peters, also a Republican, who resigned earlier this year in the wake of a media report that he was recorded making racist statements to other residents about police training.

Police Commission Chairperson Paul Eshoo said Rogan’s character and experience on the IWWCC made him stand out among possible replacements. 

Eshoo said they wanted “someone that would be honest, that would work hard to keep the name of the commission good.”

Rogan’s term ends in November. He did not return a request for comment.

Peters resigned in January after a New Britain Herald article reported on a recording that appeared to include Peters telling other residents that Berlin’s police officers are taught to use deadly force toward African Americans. According to the Herald’s report, he also used inflammatory language while talking about homosexuals and immigrants.

Peters denied making the comments. The Record-Journal has not independently confirmed the existence of the recording or its authenticity. 

Eshoo said he does not believe the recording was of Peters. 

“Even if Mr. Peters said something out of character … you don’t disgrace a person like that for all the years he’s given,” he said.

Mayor Mark Kaczynski said the council largely left it up to the Police Commission to make a recommendation and he believes they made a good selection.

“As far as I know, interacting with Dave (Rogan), he's a pretty even keeled guy,” he said. “I think he should be a good addition.”

dleithyessian@record-journal.com
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