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Ex-Dispatcher Admits To Interfering With CT Emergency Call

Ruth Bragg.
Ruth Bragg. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

A former police dispatcher in Connecticut was ordered to pay a $500 fine for ignoring an emergency complaint involving her son violating a restraining order, reportedly to the chagrin of the victim’s family.

Ruth Bragg, 55, a former police dispatcher in Putnam pleaded guilty this week to a charge of interfering with police after she failed to send officers to assist Amanda Larochelle, who had a restraining order out against her 22-year-old son in July last year.

The plea came following two attempts by Bragg to get the judge to send her to an accelerated rehabilitation program, which could have left her record clean of any criminal conviction.

On July 20 last year, Bragg was working as a dispatcher when she received a call from Larochelle, who requested “several units,” according to a Norwich Bulletin report . Bragg, however, did not send police or contact officers about the call. Her son reportedly was well aware that he was violating the protective order and received advice from his mother about leaving the scene before police could ultimately arrive.

According to the report , Larochelle spoke out in court, lambasting Bragg for “betraying a public trust,” and stating that a $500 fine was not punishment enough for the former dispatcher.

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