New Haven Fire Captain Accused Of Recklessness With Gun
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A New Haven fire captain has been charged with reckless endangerment after he allegedly displayed a handgun during an argument with an acting fire captain while the two were on duty, police said Thursday.
Richard Rife, 47, was charged with the misdemeanor and released on a promise to appear in court Aug. 30, police said. Rife turned himself in to police Thursday.
Lt. Frank Ricci told police that during an argument Monday at the Lombard Street firehouse, Rife pulled a handgun from a holster and displayed it to him and two other firefighters.
Ricci was the lead plaintiff in a reverse discrimination case that a group of white firefighters won before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009. But police say the argument had nothing to do with the court case. Police would not say what the argument was about.
A phone number for Rife was busy. A message left with Ricci was not immediately returned.
The Supreme Court ruled that officials violated white firefighters’ civil rights when they threw out 2003 promotion tests results because too few minorities did well on the tests.
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