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Dec 7, 2015 10:06 PM

Canterbury residents call meeting to say police behaving badly, want department shut down

CANTERBURY - A heated war of words erupted on Monday night.

The town of Canterbury collected at least 100 signatures and brought them before the town council in hopes of eliminating the police department.

NH1 News found taxpayer Douglas Carson just before the town meeting outside the country store where a petition has lived since October, calling for people to sign to remove the police department all together.

“I told five people about it, and three had a similar horror story with the same individual,” said Carson describing what so many here have experienced themselves - police officers behaving badly.

“The officer told me, 'Just a (explicative) minute I’m busy,'" Carson said. "At this point I got out of my car and he told me to get back in the car, 'Get back in the (explicative) car,' in front of my daughter and my wife, that he was going to arrest me or Taser me if I didn’t. To be treated like that is completely unreasonable."

The meeting room was filled with people who all feel the same.

After charges of sexual assault were brought against ex-chief John LaRoche the people of Canterbury said they're saying enough is enough.

“You lying sack of s--t,” said Robin Preve, who recalled an officer allegedly lying about checking the perimeter of a building.

“John didn’t have to be chief of police, and you know that you were there,” said Toni Halla who works at the country store and cited two questionable incidents before LaRoche was hired.

Residents spent the night recalling issues with LaRoche before the assault charges - also calling to issue the men and women who are on the force now.

The board of selectmen did explain to the residents they’ve heard their complaints.

They said they knew well before LaRoche’s charges that there were issues and that they hear the issues now.

However, their hands are tied, they said.

Not much can be done with the department until LaRoche’s charges play out pending a possible trial in the future.

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