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Editorial: McCarthy should fire this law-breaking cop

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy needs to take prompt action to get rid of police Sgt. William Fennell, who pleaded guilty yesterday in Bethlehem Town Court to driving while intoxicated. The city has seen enough of officers who flout the law, not only driving drunk, which is bad enough, but refusing Breathalyzer tests, crashing their vehicles and leaving the scene of their own accidents. Anyone can make a mistake, but these escapades go beyond mistakes and ...


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wmarincic
May 16, 2012
6:13 a.m.

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To the idiot that wrote this column. Sgt. Fennell was extremely stressed from being involved in a shooting just before this happened. He was not offered the psychological help he needed. He was thrown to the wolves and his name was trashed by criminals and drug addicts without his bosses (Chaires and Bennett) defending him. And BTW, Lawrence and especially Mike Brown got a raw deal and screwed by Stratton. I wonder how many Gazette employees have made mistakes in their lives? You people just don't get it but you were awful glad to have them there when asnother armed man was in your lobby though, right? I'm sick of you people bashing the Police in Schenectady and shame on Judy Powers for letting you continue to do it.

Fritzdawg
May 16, 2012
6:31 p.m.

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So if you ever get stopped for driving drunk, just tell the cop you are extremely stressed.

He'll likely just say "well everybody makes mistakes", and let you drive on your way.

wmarincic
May 17, 2012
7:06 a.m.

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Fritzdawg

Not what I meant and you know it. Had Fennell been given the tools he needed after the shooting he probably would not have needed to turn to alcohol the first thing in the morning to get through the day.

gazettereader
May 17, 2012
10:45 a.m.

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Anybody who "needs" to turn to alcohol to get through the day, no matter what the reason, should not be a cop. There should be standards to being a police officer.

wmarincic
May 17, 2012
12:55 p.m.

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gazettereader

Until you are forced to shoot and kill someone you can't judge what he was going through.

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