New London officials tight-lipped after man’s death
|By Colin A. Young, The Day, New London, Conn.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The committee had requested a copy of the police report of Smeeton's death, a copy of the public works department's protocols for operating the trash compactor and information about the training employees receive before operating the compactor. Committee members received none of the documents requested.
"I think it's important that the public recognizes and knows that there are elected officials who are concerned with what is transpiring here and are doing their best to find out what went wrong, if it has been corrected so that it won't happen again and
The police report for the incident is not yet complete, city attorney
Londregan said that after speaking with an attorney from the city's insurance provider --
"CIRMA and the attorney suggest not speaking in public about these inquiries at this point in time until some reports and investigations are completed," Londregan said. "The concern from the attorney and CIRMA is having inquiries prematurely discussed, which obviously if they're done in a public forum become part of the public record, and there is some concern that something could impact the future defense of any lawsuit that could be commenced against the city as a result of this incident."
Londregan said no one has filed a notice of intent to sue or a lawsuit stemming from Smeeton's death. He said the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit is two years, but a notice of intent to sue must be filed within six months of the incident.
The committee members -- Olsen,
"I think that we probably are limited in our ability to look under the surface of what happened on that day at the transfer station for the time being," Passero said. "But I think we could probably reassure the city that all the facts will come out at the appropriate time."
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