Police Officer Arresting Another Police Officer? Nope, Says A Connecticut State’s Attorney

By: Samuel Eaton
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Enfield Police Attack Suspect

Enfield, Conn. - Police officers in Enfield, Connecticut were ready to arrest one of their own. On April 1st, Officer Matthew Worden brutally assaulted a suspect when Worden claimed the suspect was resisting arrest. However, Worden’s story does not match the injuries or the video that recorded the incident.

Worden told Lt. Lawrence Curtis that he hit the suspect, Mark Maher, twice in the shoulder because he was “tensing his arm” and “clenching his fists” during a pat down on the hood of the cruisermarkmaher_enfieldpd. Worden claimed he punched Maher’s upper right arm “to disrupt the nerves and incapacitate the muscles so the arms could be controlled.”


In the 7-page arrest warrant that attempted to charge Worden with third-degree assault and fabricating evidence, the actions of Worden were deemed “neither necessary nor needed.” The application goes on to to state that the video does not show Maher resisting arrest, but rather shows Worden throwing Maher to the ground and adjusting his glove before delivering more punches.

“We conducted our own criminal investigation and reviewed all of the statements and evidence and believed we had probable cause to submit an arrest warrant,” Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza said.

In the rejection letter, sent late last week, state’s attorney Gail Hardy said the video “depicts many moving parts where it is extremely difficult to keep up with everything that is going on with all parties.” The letter also stated that although the actions of Worden violated the police department rules, the actions did not elevate to criminal level.

This is not the first time Worden has had the spotlight on him. According to the Hartford CourantEnfield, a department with nearly 100 sworn officers, has had 26 civilian complaints in the past four years. One-third of those were against Worden, records show. In 2013, Worden had half of the six citizen’s complaints against the department.

Worden has had complaints ranging from being rude at traffic stops, racial profiling, ordering a dog to attack a person Worden mistook for a burglar and once was suspended for getting into a fist fight with a fellow officer during a domestic dispute with Worden’s then-girlfriend. Worden was arrested but the charges were dropped.

Maher was charged with resisting arrest.

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  • Anon22385

    “the actions did not elevate to criminal level.” So then we could do that to anyone, including a cop, and it wouldn’t be charged as criminal? Good luck with that double standard.

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  • eastprecinctguy

    The complaint record is clearly a serious red flag. Having a resident come in and formally complain is a pretty big deal. Having a lot of people come in and formally complain means there’s clearly a problem. So the question is, why hasn’t he been fired? Why does it have to come to an arrest warrant?

    He not only can’t get fired, he literally can’t even get arrested in Enfield, CT. If I were a resident in that town, I’d be at council meetings calling for something to be done about this guy before someone gets killed and the town gets sued into oblivion.

    • eastprecinctguy

      …and I don’t say that lightly. Police protect their own to a fault, and frequently at their own peril. Nothing puts more cops in harm’s way than an a-hole with a badge.

      http://abcnews.go.com/US/Story?id=3175234&page=1

      • Dana King

        That is why I have been saying for years that there is NO SUCH THING AS A GOOD COP. If there were ANY good cops then we would have NO bad cops. Until cops start arresting and stopping their own from abusing their power their “blind eye” makes them an accessory to the illegal/unconstitutional jack boot thuggery.

        • Phydeux

          No good cops? Taking things a bit far, aren’t you?

          To be fair, Shakespeare said it best, and this applies to cops too.

          “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
          I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
          The evil that men do lives after them;
          The good is oft interred with their bones;
          So let it be with Caesar.”

          You tend to hear about the worst things cops do more than you ever hear about the brave and heroic. Yes, there seems to be more thug cops these days, but that’s because NOW they’re being caught on camera when 20 years ago they wouldn’t have.

          But that doesn’t mean we do away with cops and revert to anarchy in the streets. Who’d want to live in THAT chaos? No one civilized, that’s for sure.

          • Leo

            You should put more thought into Anarchy before making such a sweeping statement. When paired with true capitalism and an armed society it would be better than what we now have.
            Dana King has a very good point, A “good” cop is NOT a good cop if he/she does not stop a bad cop at every chance available. So, if bad cops exist, the “good” cops are really bad for letting the bad ones exist. It’s simple and mostly true. In some rural areas with little crime and tight communities there are some good cops. By contrast, in urban areas, higher crime, and larger police forces the “good” cops look the other way when bad cops do their dirty deeds. That makes the good cops bad by nature.

          • Phydeux

            People have tried anarchy in the past, and civilization developed to combat it. Left without some sort of societal structure we tend towards our basest instincts and lose our ability to coexist. No thank you.

            And you’re looking at good/bad cops in absolutes, which I shouldn’t surprise me from someone who sees all governance in absolutes.

            The problem is that the world doesn’t exist in absolutes. We are not binary creatures in a binary world. And while you think small town rural cops might be the least corrupt, you might find that they simply suffer a different kind of corruption. Rather than embezzlement, turning a blind eye to gangs, or the like, rural cops tend to be more susceptible to nepotism, favoritism towards locals over visitors, and corruptions of the small town variety.

            And yes, some good cops get pressured into silence, but that makes them no less good, only overpowered and outnumbered. And it can take a while to gather enough evidence to go outside the department and make the case to a higher authority. And if they fail to make the case, then they’re a pariah in their own department.

            Also, urban areas aren’t always higher crime per capita. They’re just more populated, so they have a higher aggregate crime count. Look at it per capita and you’ll see a whole other set of statistics.

  • tufflove

    sounds like state’s attorney Gail Hardy needs to be brought up on charges with the attorney generals office for obstructing justice.

  • Wade Dewell

    In this era of political corruption and police brutality, only open armed resistance will prevail. The mind set of the empowered is not upon citizens rights and well being. They have proved that time and time again. They are willing to shoot and kill innocent people, we should be as well. A cop takes an innocent life, a bounty should be issued, and he should be publicly executed. People put down bad dogs all over the world. Stand up. Arm yourselves. Meet no knock raids with automatic weapons fire. Riot troops should be surrounded and subdued using any means possible. This is America people. We are free Americans! START ACTING LIKE IT!!!!

  • Daniel K. Berg

    Execute the scumbag……problem solved.

    • Phydeux

      Good lord! Really? I’d hate to see your punishment for shoplifting!

  • RobbieRage

    Now there is a real American hero you uniform worshiping fools!

  • jerry11

    Filing a fictitious charge against a suspect you wrongly assaulted should be punishable by death.

  • dozr

    cops promoting that they are above the law until we believe it, then “well everyone knows that its the case so…….” just the same excuse for NSA spying on everyone “well everyone knows it’s happening”.

  • Clint Hamilton

    “The letter also stated that although the actions of Worden violated the police department rules, the actions did not elevate to criminal level.”

    Here’s the real problem.

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  • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5624619/?ref_=tt_cl_t6 allmighty3

    Time for some street justice.

    • Influence Freedom

      You know it is to that point honestly. People will yell “No” but it is time as far as I am concerned. Sadly, you know what will happen? They will claim they need even more military tools against us the citizens, because we are rising up.

  • Jarhead05

    Corruption is insidious and infectious. Time for a major housecleaning. As Thomas Jefferson noted two centuries ago, the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

  • Lord Izgawd

    First off I want to start by saying if this was any other job this POS would have been fired. I got 2 “made up complaints” by people I was rude to them. I am not in law enforcement, but in I. T. I also had a female boss that was a sexist, and she looked at men as meat (no she was not good looking in anyway) being I am married, and didn’t want to pursue anything with this monster! She started making up things on me you have complaints, and you are late. All along I asked her for the complaints she would never give me a copy of them. Besides the point here, What I am saying I was fired from just a couple of complaints, and this POS had 3 in one year only! WOW!

    I have said this before there needs to be a civilian oversight to police the police, with short terms so they too don’t become corrupt. having the DA and IA policing themselves is like having prisoner guarding the prison… it is just set up for abuse… It is time to change this and take our country back!

  • James M

    So even though other cops found him guilty of committing a crime, the state AG said no? And people wonder why so many hate cops these days.

    • soulsabr

      Well, actually, this is one instance where the other cops tried to do the right thing and the rest of the judicial system broke down. Credit where it is due because we hardly ever see where cops arrest each other for these kinds of things. I think a certain AG needs to be removed from office if these allegations are even close to being true.

  • Wendy Colby

    If one of us assaulted someone like that it sure as hell would “rise to the level of a crime” why special treatment for the badge? This has to be stopped.