NEW BRITAIN (CBS Connecticut) — More than a hundred police officers marched in formation into a courtroom in New Britain Friday, on hand for the arraignment of a man charged with running over and dragging a New Britain officer.
Officer Brett Morgan’s older brother, John Morgan spoke on the steps of the courthouse, surrounded by rows of uniformed officers.
“During this difficult time we can’t help but still see the positives that occurred throughout. The support we’ve received and continue to receive from friends,family, the staff at Saint Francis Hospital and the amazing officers of the New Britain Police Department has surpassed any of our expectations,” Morgan said.
A handful of supporters of defendant Jaheem Snipe and his half brother were unable to get seats in the courtroom, because marshals let the police officers in first, leaving no extra room.
Snipe’s half brother Frankie Gonzalez also went before the judge, on charges of helping Snipe try to evade police.
According to the arrest warrant,Gonzalez told investigators Snype made a deal with the car’s owner for its use in exchange for crack cocaine.Snype gave the owner soap instead and the owner then probably called police to report the car had been stolen.
Bond was set at $1.1-million for Snype, including charges related to running over a police officer and stealing the car. Bond was set at $200,000 for Gonzalez.
They are due back in court February 26.
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