UPDATED: Officer Involved In Shooting Incident Fired

Mayor Daryl Finizio says internal review of August shooting determines unauthorized use of deadly force

Mayor Daryl Finizio has fired a police officer who opened fire on a man in a stolen truck last year.

Finizio announced that Thomas Northup, who had been with the for three and a half years prior to the incident, has been terminated for unauthorized use of force and unauthorized use of deadly force.

The , following a report that a delivery truck had been stolen from a liquor store on Montauk Ave. Northup was taking a complaint at on Bank Street when he saw the truck attempt a turn onto Jefferson Ave. and flip onto its side.

Several witnesses said Northup ordered the driver, , to show his hands. Northup fired at Cunningham with his service weapon after Cunningham failed to comply with the order. Cunningham was taken to and later to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

The shooting was the second one involving police officers last year. Three police officers , who was armed with a BB pistol, following a report of a shooting on Ocean Ave. An investigation by the Connecticut State Police determined that Kenny was trying to commit suicide and that the officers were . Kenny survived the shooting.

Lt. Paul Vance, public information officer for the Connecticut State Police, said State Police investigators have concluded their inquiry into the shooting and have turned the matter over to the State's Attorney's Office for review.

Finizio said an internal review of the incident determined that violated the Cunningham was unarmed at the time of the shooting and that Northup violated the general orders for use of force and use of deadly force.

"The unauthorized use of deadly force against an unarmed suspect can not, and will not, be tolerated in the New London Police Department," said Finizio.

Cunningham has against Northup and the city, charging negligent use of force and saying he was partially paralyzed.

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Luis Smart March 26, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Go by his history and we see that the truth and Mr. Finizio are strangers.
Jim March 26, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Luis...please provide some factual examples that support what you say
Lisa Coe March 27, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Who is the Union Princess?
Lisa Coe March 27, 2012 at 09:44 PM
lion king, I am very sorry but I am not able to respond to your question because I do not have all the facts. There is NOTHING worse than reading the babble of somebody who has half the information and all the answers. My previous posts were only my venting, if you will, of what it is now like to be married to a good, kind, decent officer of the NLPD.
Lisa Coe March 27, 2012 at 10:13 PM
George Lazarre...I take offense to your comment. One of those "pathetic excuse_"s is my spouse. Further, there are countless Officers at the NLPD that go out and do their jobs each day and they do so despite the fact that the "anti-police" paint their animosity with a broad brush stroke. I for one am proud to be the wife of an NLPD officer, not just because of what she does but because of the countless community efforts that these cops involve themselves with. Food drives, toy drives, Special Olympics...How many of those things did you participate in this year? Oh, and for the record, these were all volunteer work.
Jim March 27, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Lisa Coe, Im glad that you are proud of your partner. I'm sure that there are some good cops on the NLPD maybe your your partner is one of them but Im also sure that the NLPD has lost its way and has become part of the problem. They have a capable chief and through the efforts of MIKEY the mouth and Lynch the junior mouth ( and a few others) they have attempted in every way to undermine her. Then they site in all their BS how she has been a bad chief. I have no respect for the NLPD or the Police Union as a whole. They are an embarrassment to NL. The rank and file voted for Lynch who is nothing but a spoiler for NL. There will be no working with the current administration as long as Lynch is around and the good people of NL will continue to be the losers. Thank your partner for her contribution to NL. Im very surprised that she didnt advise you not to put your email address in this blog. We want the same thing for NL.... The NLPD needs to understand they dont run NL
Jim March 27, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Luis Smart, Im still waiting for the history lesson
lion king March 28, 2012 at 12:58 AM
lisa coe , things may be tough now but hopefully soon things will change ,but for now thank you for the support you give to your partner and thanks to her for doing what she does
Lisa Coe March 29, 2012 at 12:39 AM
@ Mr. Lazarre, re: your previous comment "Im very surprised that she didnt advise you not to put your email address in this blog." I am not concerned in the least about posting my email address in this thread. I also use my real name in my posts. I do not post anything that I wouldn't say in public, and I also try not to offend anybody. I merely post my own opinion, and in this case my experience as a cop's wife.
Jim March 29, 2012 at 12:58 AM
lisa coe, I too use my real name.. your posts are getting a little hard to take...you chose to be a nurse...you chose to get connected with a cop...your partner chose to be a cop.. she was aware of what the job was...and so were you...enough whinning...you both have the life you sought...NOW DEAL WITH IT...from your posts i can tell u have no idea what is going on in the NLPD and you have led a very sheltered life... Im sure you will respond with another lengthy post that harps on the "poor me" aspect of your life. Tell your story to all the old people in your nursing home...they have to listen ...as they cant leave...I can leave and will ignore u from now on....I want what is best for NL.....not Griswold
Lisa Coe March 29, 2012 at 10:54 PM
George, I am sorry if you felt I was whining. I did indeed choose to be a nurse and I adore my job and the people I serve. My partner also chose to be a cop...and she adores her job, and the people that she serves. You seem like a very passionate person with a very passionate opinion. All I am doing is respectfully telling the reader how I feel, as the wife of a police officer. I feel as if I may have struck a nerve with you and I did not intend to single you out. I was merely pointing out that my spouse takes her job very seriously and for that I have utmost respect for her. In retrospect though your original comment was unsettling, I should have ignored it and moved on.
Lisa Coe March 29, 2012 at 11:12 PM
George, and I am sorry if my posts are a little too hard to take for you. Perhaps your posting of my location made you feel somehow like you could silence my opinion, perhaps by bullying...and for that matter, to mention some sort of narrowing of where I work makes your posting all the more curious, especially since I haven't posted my employment in this thread. Bravo for your on-line detective work. Perhaps you should consider a career in law enforcement.
Sue P. March 29, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Lisa please don't stop posting. The fanatics have a way of twisting your words to make them seem smarter. I enjoyed your post and even called a few of my friends to tell them how I just read a heart felt comment about the spouse of a police officer. Don't get upset, if you page up you can see I was called a Nazi for calling someone a thief. I don't think these people care about our thoughts they just want to twist our words so that they can feel superior in some way. Keep writing girl I got your back.
constance stripling March 29, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Bravo for you, Lisa Coe. What a disconcerting and strange turn things took just now. You have been NOTHING but passionat, well written, and polite. Me thinks the Georges are the ones who you might not want to know your address. Unsettling, that's the word.
Lisa Coe March 30, 2012 at 12:31 AM
My phone number is not listed under the name Lisa Coe, nor can you find my location by doing a search of Lisa Coe and Griswold. I am guessing that something interesting is going on here and what I find amusing is that I haven't posted any opinion except for my own regarding the Mayor's "Skull cracking" comment, and even then, my opinion had nothing to do with anything but obvious officer safety. I don't know much about online stuff but I do know this. It doesn't matter if you call yourself George Lazarre or Peanut butter and jelly. Your ISP is logged. For that reason I feel pretty safe.
Lisa Coe March 30, 2012 at 01:47 AM
For one more reality check I searched my name on this site with the town name of Griswold...the only post that comes up is Georgie's...Mr. Lazarre...smile for the camera, you ISP is logged.
Sue P. March 30, 2012 at 02:15 AM
I think you have a little investigation skills. All I ask from you is that you support the people of New London. We don't deserve this poo poo. Please keep posting. I don't use my real name because once I posted something about the price of heating oil and I got about 20 phone calls from people telling me to go live in a condo and sell my 100 year old house. I'm from New London and have lived here 50 years I have never met anyone named George Lazarre. Sounds to me like a typical grunt. In other words he is a miserable person.
Lisa Coe March 30, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Sue...My cop and I hope to buy a house in NL as soon as we can sell the one we have, and we LOVE old houses. My last one, (in a town that rhymes with Shismold...) was 253 years old. Sue P., if you live in NL I automatically support you. As much as my town has been a part of my life for over 32 years, I love the edgy, trendy, yet historic feel of NL. My Cop tells me every single day how wonderful this city is and how wonderful the people are. We will get to New London ASAP...just as soon as we can move our house. Back in the day, when I was a young "Shismoldite" I used to spend all my free time hanging out in New London. I support you, and more importantly my partner supports this little city that she thinks of as home...
Lisa Coe March 30, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Sue P. I very publically posted my email address in one of my previous posts. Feel free to look me up!
Jim March 31, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Lisa Coe, Lets see if we can wipe the slate clean and start over. I have spent most of my life in the IS field(information systems). In one of my posts i expressed concern over you putting your email address out there for all to see and was surprised that your cop partner didnt advise you against it. My concern had nothing to do with you stating what you believe. It had to do with you exposing yourself to all the nut cases of the world. Your cop(as u call her) has certanly seen a lot of nut cases and should be aware that too much info put on the internet can put you at the mercy of all the nut cases. For example one quick search tells me you are 45 years old, your phone number ends in 88 , you live on a street in Griswold with "View" as the last word, and you have 2 kids in their early 20's. This was all free and took less than 1 second. 5$-10$ will get me tons more info. You seem to be somewhat naive about the internet. What you put out there is there forever. You need to protect yourself...I have. As far as ISP, what you have is a bunch of meaningless numbers separated by "." that mean nothing to you. Everything everyone sends has an IP attached and is saved for years. The service provider is required by law to protect users idenitty. You will need a lawyer, court order and a lot of money to track an ISP to a location(not person). You seem to be a quality person...Please heed my advice...it is good advice...all you need is one WACKO
constance stripling March 31, 2012 at 04:56 PM
George still looks like the 'WACKO" here. He starts over by posting as much info about you as he can. And then, after prooving his IS detective skills, deems you a, "quality person." Wow, what a 180 from his former opinion of you as a ,"whiner, a person who needs to," DEAL WITH" your choices, naive, completely uninformed re the N.L.P.D., sheltered, and a," poor me", type. He then implys that you work with the elderly who are captive to your unwelcome whining. I highly doubt that you bring your concerns to work. Like most pros, I'm sure you leave your personal business at the door. Mr Lazzare, get a life, Ms. Coe has one of her own and she seems to be doing just fine without your insults, innuendos, and insults. Too little too late ,George, to try to pass yourself as concerned for her safety. Sorry, but after reading your first post you appear to be moon walking ASAP! George, your new found sincerity is highly suspect. My perception, which we all have a right to.
Jim March 31, 2012 at 11:17 PM
What you think of me is irrelevant...My advice to Lisa is good she is way overexposed on the internet...Have a nice evening
Lisa Coe April 01, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Mr. Lazarre, If your advice was "good" as you say, that would mean you were actually concerned about my safety (as you are trying to imply.) If either of these things were true you would have taken advantage of my private email address and told me that in a sincere and concerned way. However, your actions do not match your words. You cannot profess to be concerned about my safety (or anybody's for that matter) while at the same time you consistently attempt to post personal information about me, and even more creepy, my children. Until I read what I just did, I had no opinion of you as a person good or bad. My original comment to you was with regard to your very broad statement about the NLPD. Unfortunately now I do have an opinion of you but I will not share it here. To Constance and Sue...Thank you so much for being good and decent. It is appreciated.
Carrie Lesage April 01, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Lisa, Don't waste your time with George. If you click on his name you will see all the comments he has posted. He hates NLPD, the union, the brass that left, thinks they are corrupt and supports the Chief and the Mayor. He even commented on a retirement party for a cop. He will never give you or your partner the respect you deserve. For me, he crossed the line when he mentioned your kids. He is condescending and sarcastic and I'm pretty sure he or she has some skin in this N.L. game. Thanks for sharing, ignore this bully. He's (she) is trying to silence you.
Lisa Coe April 01, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Carrie~ Thanks so much for your support! At first I had a bit of a panic attack when he mentioned my kids, but then I recalled that I didn't say anything to personally attack anybody. When I "googled" my name for the zillionth time, I did come across my name and address linked to a PDF file back when I testified at a public hearing for the State of CT Appropriations Committee on behalf of funding for non-credit programs held at State Community Colleges. I also found an old article from back in 2009 where the Norwich Bulletin came out to report on a gift made to my nursing home by a highly-revered local Doctor. I had no control over the publication of this information and quite frankly I stand by all of it. We live in the internet age and I am a very tiny yet sometimes public person (and please do NOT confuse that statement with "important".) It is what it is. Despite that, I stand by my opinions and I am lucky to be able to voice them. I try to state them in a respectful way and without harming others. I am not asking for special treatment and for that matter the only respect I ask for is that which I give to others. My partner feels the same way. My issue is that this poster felt that he could back-peddle and spin his posts on behalf of so-called concern about my safety, while posting my address and the ages of my children... That said, I think everybody here now knows exactly what his agenda really is.
Lisa Coe April 01, 2012 at 02:55 AM
(Going Tolstoy again!) Carrie, I also think it is utmost kind and charitable that you said that (george) will not give ("You or your partner the respect you deserve"...) I hold your sentiment in the highest regard but I know that my cop doesn't feel deserving of anything more than I feel deserving of. We are both in a place where we are allowed to enter into the lives of countless people and we don't think we deserve that right. We think of it as an honor. I cannot tell you how many times she comes home to tell me about the people that touch her life, and I know that in my career I feel the same way. We count ourselves as the lucky ones to be able to be invited into the lives of others. I know this sounds cheesy, but it sure makes us motivated to go to work each day. Neither of us feel like we make the community better, we feel more like the community makes us better. How cool is that?!?
Debbie April 01, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Too many repeat comments and on-going discussions between readers! Pick your cell phone for a change and stop clogging the comments area.
Kathleen Mitchell April 01, 2012 at 02:34 PM
For Debbie, who posts often, to make a comment like that is incredible and indicates, to me at least, a complete lack of understanding regarding one of the purposes of the Reader Comment Section.
Lisa Coe April 03, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Debbie, are you a moderator at this site? If so, I am sure you deal with issues like this all the time, and if so, I am sorry for your extra work in mediating posts like mine. If however you are not a moderator here, then know I was only speaking out against certain material that was apparently posted to silence me.
Lisa Coe April 03, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Kathleen, I am hopeful that Debbie means no harm by her post. That said, thank you for the reminder about what a public posting forum is intended for. We should all be able to post our true opinions without intimidation and your post is a reminder of that...Thank you Kathleen!


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