A Connecticut police sergeant was arrested for domestic violence, hours after an episode of the new A&E show Live PD aired, in which she arrested someone for the same crime.
On Friday, Bridgeport police Sgt. Stacey Lyons, 33, starred in the first episode of the new reality series where she arrested a man for allegedly choking his girlfriend. The show follows officers from six police departments across the nation, airing live (with a short delay). It is described by A&E as “unmediated, live Cops with third-party journalistic context.”
“Domestics are the most dangerous calls a police officer can go on,” Lyons told the camera.
After making the arrest, she turns to the man and requests any weapons that he has on his person.
“This is a domestic situation and I don’t have a choice,” Lyons told the man as he proclaimed his innocence and protested the arrest.
Just hours after the show filmed and aired, Lyons found herself in the back of a cop car for a similar crime.
Lyons allegedly entered the code and entered into her ex boyfriend’s apartment — where she found him with another woman. The situation escalated into a shoving match, and the man called the Trumbull police, who arrested the officer.
Under Connecticut’s domestic-violence law, police then went to her home and seized her service weapon, two personal guns, and a 15-round magazine.
Lyons has been charged with disorderly conduct, leading to her being placed on administrative duty.
“This is really sad because she is a conscientious officer, a very good officer,” Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez told the CT Post. “But you have to be able to control your actions. Anytime you get into a problem with someone you are involved in a relationship with, you should just leave.”
Lyons was arraigned on Monday, and has been ordered not to contact her ex. She is scheduled to appear in court again on November 16.
The officer is also currently being sued for civil rights violations by a woman who claims Lyons and two other officers attacked her.