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Avon police officer fired after casino arrest

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AVON — An Avon police officer has been fired in connection with his April arrest at Jack Cleveland Casino for disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

James Cline, 30, was terminated by the city of Avon, according to a letter signed by Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen and Avon Police Chief Richard Bosley. The letter was dated June 15 and was hand-delivered to Cline.

Cline had been on administrative leave from the department following the April 6 incident. While off-duty, Cline allegedly assaulted a security guard at the downtown casino while intoxicated. He was first charged with disorderly conduct and misdemeanor assault, according to Cleveland Municipal Court records.

According to the termination letter, Cline was fired for malfeasance, failure of good behavior, and violation of city and department policy.

Between 10 and 11 p.m. the night of the incident, Cline tried to look up the skirt of a cocktail server at the casino, and when approached by a casino security manager, he spat beer at him, the termination letter said.

While Cline was being escorted from the casino, he presented credentials that identified him as an Avon police officer and “committed a violent and unprovoked assault on the security manager,” the letter said.

“Subsequently, you were arrested by (Cleveland police) and charged with disorderly conduct intoxication and then assault; you provided the address of the Avon Police Department to (Cleveland police) as your home address,” the termination letter said. “Following these (incidents), multiple media outlets (print and television) conveyed the information of your alleged actions, arrest and employment with the Avon Department of Police to the public.”

The letter also stated that while in custody of Cleveland police, Cline was “uncooperative” and had to be secured with handcuffs, secured to a bench and had a spit hood placed over his head.

“You repeatedly mentioned your position as an Avon Police Officer and berated State Gaming Agents and uniformed Cleveland Police Officers calling them ‘wannabes’ and claiming they were ‘just trying to get stats,’” the letter said.

Cline was ordered to return his keys, identification cards, equipment and materials to the Avon Police Department by 4:30 p.m. June 15, the letter said.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.


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