What if a police officer witnesses another officer commit an act of brutality? If it were any other individual they would be arrested on the spot. Not so here. When Lieutenant Lawrence Curtis witnessed Officer Matthew Worden brutalize a man and tamper with evidence he had to ask the state’s attorney, Gail Hardy, for a warrant. And Hardy refused. According to Hardy’s rationale, “Worden’s conduct seemed to be aimed at an attempt to restrain Maher who was resisting officers’ attempts to handcuff him, rather than an intention to inflict physical harm.”
Police in Enfield, Connecticut, were ready to arrest one of their own, Matthew Worden, for punching a suspect when it was “neither necessary nor needed.” They prepared a 7-page arrest warrant where it sounded like the cop’s excuse was that his victim got in the way of his punches, but the state’s attorney in Hartford rejected the application because, well, the incident was too complicated to follow.