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New London mayor removes police from polling place

11-8-13

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio and the police union are at odds over the mayor’s Election Day request that a police vehicle be moved from outside a polling place.

The mayor said he wanted to avoid what he said could be an appearance of voter intimidation.

The Day of New London reports (http://bit.ly/1c4FYZm ) that Chuck Flynn, the police union’s political director, said the mayor constantly bashes police.

Local Union President Todd Lynch said police officials, not elected office-holders campaigning for their parties, should direct police activities on Election Day.

Finizio said he was not accusing police of impropriety. Without offering details, he said police have been used in New Jersey to intimidate minority voters.

Lynch accused Finizio of “throwing a racist accusation” at police. He questioned how a police car could intimidate minority voters.