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Hamburg police captain pleads guilty to interfering with domestic violence investigation

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Posted at 3:46 PM, Dec 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 15:46:30-05

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) — Town of Hamburg Police Captain Christopher Monaco who was suspended without pay following a domestic incident at his home in May 2019, pleaded guilty to interfering in the investigation Tuesday.

According to court documents 7 Eyewitness News received in May, police said Monaco tried to interfere with the investigation by telling his wife "DO NOT TALK TO HIM." Court documents also revealed he got into a physical altercation with officers and tried to "order" them around, preventing them from doing their official duties.

In the police report, Captain James Koch-- who responded to the call-- said, "Chris was verbally abusive to all officers present, including myself."

Captain Koch says at one point, Monaco was handcuffed to "calm down" but ordered officers to take the handcuffs off, which was overruled by Koch.

After his suspension, the Hamburg Town Board accepted his retirement.

Monaco pleaded guilty to two counts of harassment in the second degree Tuesday.

He was sentenced to conditional discharge which requires him to continue with counseling until discharged by the provider.