A Connecticut State Police Trooper was arrested after police said he hit a customer in the face multiple times at a restaurant/bar in Mystic early Saturday morning.
Waterford resident, 52-year-old Jeff Meninno was charged with second-degree assault, breach of peace and third-degree assault.
Police said the arrest of Meninno comes after a fight at Chapter One Restaurant, Bar and Grill around 1 a.m. Meninno is accused of hitting "another patron in the face several times." Police said that patron was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Police said eyewitnesses saw Meninno leave Chapter One Restaurant, Bar and Grill. Meninno was arrested by Groton Town officers hours later at his Waterford home.
State police said Meninno "had his police powers suspended pending the outcome of the investigation." Police have confiscated the badge and gun of Meninno. The incident was "referred to the Connecticut State Police Bureau of Professional Standards."
Meninno, who has been out on disability for months, did not respond to phone calls from Eyewitness News for a comment. No one was home when Eyewitness News knocked on the door of his Waterford home.
Meninno was released on a $2,500 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned at New London Superior Court on June 20.
The Connecticut State Police Union released a statement on Monday that said "the members of the Connecticut State Police Union strive to uphold the high standards of professionalism and public service that each of our members swore to uphold when they became Connecticut State Troopers. While we are disappointed to learn that one of our members was arrested, all of the facts and circumstances involving the alleged incident have yet to be reported and the public should not rush to judgment based on headlines alone. Regardless of the outcome of the case, it is important to remember that State Troopers risk their lives to protect the public and that for every report like this, there are hundreds of examples of heroism and public service by the members of our Union."
The union said Meninno was formerly a union vice president and was removed from his position earlier this year. He was not a union official at the time of his arrest.
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