A State Police Lieutenant has been criticized for desecrating the Connecticut state flag.
Lt. Timothy Madden, the commander of the State Police Barracks at Troop "D" in Danielson, admitted to using a retired, worn state flag as a dropcloth while he painted disassembled lawn mower parts in the back garage of the building.
Public safety commissioner Dora Schriro said the matter will be investigated fully.
Any defacement of the Connecticut state flag is a class "A" misdemeanor which equates to a letter in Madden's file, according to a State Police source.
Police are also reviewing the personal use of state facilities.
People around town agreed it was a bad decision on the officer's part.
"Better common sense than that to disrespect the flag like that," said Paul Deveau of Dayville.
"Even if its a retired flag, its still dishonoring what this country is about," said Patricia Wing, of Killingly.
Many V.F.W posts and Boy Scout troops throughout the state conduct official ceremonies by burning retired U.S. and state flags on Flag Day, which typically falls on June 14.
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