New Haven assistant police chief suspended for one day

New Haven Asst. Chief Luiz Casanova being investigated for a recent verbal interaction with a patrol officer. (WFSB file photo)

The New Haven Police Department launched an internal investigation into the interaction between the assistant chief and a patrol officer.

The investigation comes after a "recent verbal interaction" involving Assistant Police Chief Luiz Casanova and an unidentified patrol officer.

On Monday, officials said Casanova will be suspended without pay for one day. A press release said the suspension is for "conduct unbecoming (of) an officer."

New Haven Interim Police Chief Anthony Campbell is investigating the incident and ordered the suspension.

Last week, the police department stressed that preliminary reports that there was a racial component to this altercation and that Casanova was placed on disciplinary leave were incorrect.

Casanova is responsible for professional standards and training. He was named assistant chief in 2012, by then-chief Dean Esserman.

Before that Casanova was a lieutenant in the patrol division and served as commander. He also worked as the district manager for downtown/Wooster Square and also Fair Haven.

A native of the Elm City, Casanova grew up in New Haven's Hill neighborhood.

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