While law enforcement officials have released few details of the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre to Connecticut residents, state police and Newtown officers have increased their trips across the country, in some cases sharing graphic details of what they saw inside the school.
In March, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other politicians criticized state police for releasing details of the investigation at out-of-state conferences. A police report has been delayed for months, and state law enforcement officials have attempted to push through legislation intended to keep secret some details of the shootings that killed 20 first-graders and six adults.
Since then, state and Newtown police have spoken at or are scheduled to speak at forums from Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. to Maine:
•The head of the crime squad leading the investigation, along with an FBI profiler, will speak in California in August.
•State police will speak about Newtown at child advocacy conference in Dallas in August.
•State police, including Lt. Paul Vance, the department spokesman, will discuss Newtown in Billings, Mont., in October.
•Since April, Newtown officers have spoken at conferences in Maine, Michigan and Nashville, Tenn., among others.
•Two weeks ago, a Newtown officer described entering Sandy Hook school and encountering a horrific scene when he spoke at a conference in Orlando, Fla., according to a Florida newspaper report of the conference and another article online.
In March, Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky, who will issue the final investigative report on the shooting, ordered police to stop discussing details of the investigation at conferences. The ban was instituted after the New York Daily News reported that state police Col. Danny Stebbins told New Orleans conference attendees that shooter Adam Lanza had created a spreadsheet of mass killings going back 30 years.
“To prevent such disclosure in the future, I have instructed that any and all such presentations involving evidence in the criminal investigation be ceased while the investigation is pending and my report is still outstanding,” Sedensky said at the time.