Officer who told group he was 'trigger happy' is fired

Officer who told group he was 'trigger happy' is fired

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut police officer caught on video warning young people he was "trigger happy" is out of a job.

Hartford Police Chief David Rosado announced Wednesday that Officer Stephen Barone was fired. Rosado said there was no way Barone could return as a productive member of the department.

Barone and a police union official declined to comment.

Police and bystander video shows Barone talking to several young people during a trespassing call and warning them if they wanted to fight or run that he was "trigger happy." Barone also was recorded saying he made the comments because he was outnumbered and needed to keep control.

Barone was assigned to desk duty and demoted from sergeant to officer after an internal investigation found he violated the department's code of conduct.

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