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NY - Officer takes skull piece for 'ashtray', Hopewell Junction, 2005
The family of a deceased Hopewell Junction man has indicated it intends to sue after a police officer took part of the man's skull from the scene of an automobile accident and bragged he would use it as an ashtray.
Officer Liam Callahan, a nine-year veteran of the city police department in Norwalk, Conn., took the skull fragment after 62-year-old Alfred Caviola of Hopewell Junction died in a May 29 crash in Norwalk.
Callahan found the skull fragment in the street after the medical examiner had left the accident scene. He was fired from his job Friday, Norwalk police Chief Harry Rilling said.
"I felt that under the circumstances and with the evidence placed before me, the decision was fair and appropriate," Rilling said.
Caviola was driving a sports utility vehicle and lost control, police said. He suffered severe head injuries and was declared dead at the scene.
"This," Rilling said, "was a very horrific accident scene. ... The vehicle had flipped over once or perhaps more than once, and it seems that it was moving at a high rate of speed."
Reached by phone Monday evening, Jennifer Caviola, wife of Alfred Caviola's son Mark, said the family had no comment. Last month, a lawyer representing the family served notice the family intended to sue, listing Callahan, the police department and other city agencies.
Detective Mark Lepore, president of Norwalk's police union, said Callahan had "admitted making inappropriate comments," but the union doesn't believe Callahan intended them to be serious.
The comment about using the skull fragment as an ashtray, Lepore said, was an example of "gallows humor."
01-23-2016, 06:18 PM #2
A city police officer who was fired last year after he took a skull fragment from an accident scene will be reinstated, police union officials said yesterday.
Officer Liam Callahan, a nine-year member of the force, was fired last October by police Chief Harry Rilling after an internal investigation that stemmed from a fatal one-car crash in May 2005.
The Norwalk Police Union contested Callahan’s termination and filed for arbitration before a state Department of Labor panel...
A Norwalk police officer, whose career in recent years has been shadowed by controversy, quit the department yesterday, city and police officials said.
Liam Callahan, 38, of Newtown, who is facing charges for allegedly pulling a gun on a Newtown bar patron, sent his letter of resignation yesterday...
In the Newtown case, Calla-han is facing first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace charges. He remains free on $10,000 bond....
Callahan, who joined the department in August 1996, had a troubled career.
He was suspended for three months in 2002 after he was arrested in Bridgeport and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
In that incident, the person who called police followed Callahan, who turned down a dead-end street. The person told police that when Callahan stopped at the end of a street, he identified himself as a police officer and pointed a weapon at him
01-23-2016, 06:23 PM #3
Liam Callahan, 42, who resigned from the department in 2007, died in a car accident Monday in Monroe, police confirmed. Kulhawik said although he left the department five years ago, Callahan still had many friends in the department.
"On behalf of the entire Norwalk Police Department, I'd like to extend my condolences and sympathies to Liam's wife and extended family," he said...
The vehicle had tumbled down an embankment. It was overturned and covered by brush and trees, police said.
Callahan was pronounced dead at the scene. McCauley said the cause of the accident is still under investigation.
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