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New Haven assistant police chief suspended without pay for a day

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NEW HAVEN — An assistant police chief in New Haven has been suspended without pay for a day.

The city police department said Monday that the decision against Assistant Chief Luiz Casanova comes following an internal investigation into a verbal exchange with an unnamed patrol officer last week.

The department didn’t release details about the incident but said the penalty is for “conduct unbecoming” of an officer. A department spokesman last week said that there wasn’t a “racial component” to the incident.

Casanova was named an assistant chief in 2012 and is charged with overseeing the department’s professional standards and training. His lawyer didn’t immediately comment.

The suspension must be carried out before the end of year.

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