Embattled New Haven police chief goes on sick leave

In this April 3, 2008 file photo, Chief Dean Esserman answers questions following a news conference about the closing of a U.S. Justice Department investigation into patterns and practices at the Providence Police Department. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman is going on temporary sick leave after finishing a paid disciplinary period following allegations he berated staff at a local restaurant.

Democratic Mayor Toni Harp announced the move Monday. Harp says Esserman will use earned and accrued sick time. She didn’t say how long the chief will be out.

Esserman agreed on July 25 to go on three weeks of paid leave, which ended Monday. He may face additional discipline. He declined to comment Monday.

Harp reprimanded Esserman two years ago for his angry confrontation with an usher at the Yale Bowl. He also was suspended without pay for a day when he was chief in Providence in 2011 for reportedly threatening to throw coffee in the face of a sergeant.

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