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Protests held as New Haven police chief remains on temporary sick leave

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Protesters were calling for the resignation of the top cop in New Haven on Tuesday.

Demonstrations were out on Tuesday afternoon as Police Chief Dean Esserman remains off the job. He is now on temporary sick leave following a 15 day paid suspension.

Several organizations are calling for the Chief Esserman to step down or be fired. They said his temperament is not what is expected of any police officer, especially someone who holds the highest ranking position in the department.

"He definitely needs to resign, but being the person that he is, I doubt he would do that, so I think what's going to happen is a little bullying tactics, if I go, you need to give me this and that and that's what we're hoping she's not going to fall for," Barbara Fair, of People Against Injustice, said.

Esserman has not been on the job for two weeks. Last month, Mayor Toni Harp said he was being put on paid leave.

On Monday, the city announced his absence will continue indefinitely.

The veteran officer has an alarming past. In July, employees at Archie Moore's restaurant said Esserman berated a waitress. The restaurant even comped a few meals to customers at nearby tables because of the uncomfortable situation.

In 2014, he was reprimanded after a verbal altercation with an usher at the Yale Bowl who asked if he had a ticket to the game.

Documents reveal that when he was police chief in Providence, Esserman was suspended for one day for threatening a sergeant.

Earlier this summer, the police union voted overwhelmingly passed a "no confidence" vote against the chief.

"We feel if you have someone who's a bully like Esserman is, proven time and time again, that filters down to people below him, lieutenants, sergeants, down the the street level, and people feel if Esserman is getting away with it, why wouldn't they be able to get away with it. We don't want that atmosphere in New Haven," said Norman Clements, of Answer Coalition.

Both rallies began at about 3:30 p.m. and were being held until 6:30pm at the New Haven Police Department and at city hall.

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