Malloy backs police official in Newtown discussion

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Posted on March 31, 2013 at 9:04 AM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration says it backs the state police commander who discussed the Newtown school shootings at a law enforcement seminar and won't punish him.

The Journal Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/ZRYzmJ ) that Mark Ojakian, Malloy's chief of staff, called Col. Daniel Stebbins to ask how information about what he discussed at the seminar in New Orleans was published in a column in the New York Daily News earlier this month.

The column, citing an unidentified police officer who attended the seminar, reported that Stebbins discussed evidence that suggested Adam Lanza studied other mass killings and extensively planned the Newtown massacre.

Ojakian says Malloy stands by Stebbins, who won't be disciplined. He says somebody breached the confidence of the meeting.

Malloy said at the time he was "disappointed and angered" that the information was published.

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Information from: Journal Inquirer, http://www.journalinquirer.com

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