BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Clive Higgins, a former Bridgeport police officer who was charged with writing a fake racist hate letter about the department, was granted a special form of probation in the case Thursday, according to the Connecticut Post.
On Feb. 9, 2015, Higgins, 50, reported that he had found a piece of racially motivated hate mail in his personal mailbox at the Bridgeport Police Department. The letter was printed on official police letterhead. Higgins told investigators that the letter included language such as "We know where you live" and that he was in fear for his safety, according to state police.
Higgins said that he also contacted the president of the Guardians, a minority officer group to which he belonged. The president advised him to leave the building immediately for his own safety, and Higgins said that he complied.
After Bridgeport police conducted an internal investigation, the matter was turned over to state police. State police said that video surveillance of that day appeared to show Higgins making a photocopy of a piece of paper in the records room that resembled the hate letter. Higgins was also seen laughing on the video, and did not appear to be in fear for his own safety, according to state police.
When state police interviewed Higgins, he admitted that he had typed it up himself and printed it out in the booking room, according to police reports. He was arrested Dec. 3 and charged with second-degree falsely reporting an incident.
Under the accelerated rehabilitation program for nonviolent offenders, Higgins did not plead guilty to the charge against him, but he was placed on two years of probation. If he commits no other crimes during that probation, the charge against him will be dismissed, the Post said.
As a condition of the probation Higgins must also do 50 hours of community service and write a letter of apology to the Bridgeport Police Department.
Earlier this year Higgins was found not guilty of violating a person's civil rights by using unreasonable force after video surfaced of him beating and stomping on a suspect during a May 2011 arrest at Beardsley Park.
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