Connecticut Professor Arrested For Filing An Alleged False Report of Profiling By Police

MinatiThere is a relatively rare case developing in Connecticut where Professor Minati Roychoudhuri, 62, has been charged with making a false police report after charging that she was racially profiled by a police officer. A review of the dash cam video contradicted factual assertions made by Roychoudhuri in her sworn statement.

Roychoudhuri was pulled over on May 9th by an officer and cited for failure to drive in the established lane. A month after the citation, she filed a complaint with the Commissioner of Public Safety:

Dear Sir/Madam

I was traveling to Wethersfield on Route 15/5 to attend a meeting 9th May. I was on the left lane on route 15 and had to take exit 85. After the Brainard Airport exit, and after the merging lane ended, I signaled and went to the right lane to take exit 85. An unmarked police car with flashing light stopped me on the ramp after I had taken the exit. The policeman asked me if I could speak English and if I knew why he had stopped me. I said, “yes” to speaking English and “no” to why he had stopped me. He then asked me for my driver’s license and registration. He returned with an envelope and said that I could simply mail in the infraction.

The officer did not give me any reason as to why had stopped me. His asking if I could speak English shows that he had racially profiled me and was not able to give me a concrete reason for stopping me. Further, the officer had checked “Hispanic” in the race category in the infraction ticket. I am a Professor in English at Capital Community College, I teach about diversity and the negative impact of racial profiling, I have now become a target of the same insidious behavior! It is easy to connect the dots with the nationwide racial profiling which has led to serious consequences. I request that my infraction charges be dropped and action be taken against the officer. I have talked with the Senator and Legislator of my constituency regarding this matter and I am sending a copy of this letter to them as well.

Thank you in advance, Sincerely, Minati Roychoudhuri

The police conducted an investigation and reviewed the tape. This is the transcript and the investigators concluded that the officer never asked if Roychoudhuri could speak English and did in fact explain the basis for the citation:

Officer: Hi ma’am, do you know why I’m stopping you today?
Roychoudhuri: No
O: OK. There’s that big gore area with white lines painted across it and you cut in front of it, in front of me, thinking it’s a lane or something. You have to wait until it’s a dotted white line. License and registration.
(She handed him insurance, so he requested the registration again, which she gave him)
O: Thank you. This is for your Subaru car.
R: This is my Subaru car.
O: Is this a station wagon, color green? The plate doesn’t match what’s on there.
R: [Inaudible]…I thought that was my [inaudible]
O: I’ll run the plate and see what it comes back with.
R: This is the [inaudible] that I have.
(Officer returns to his car for three minutes to write out the ticket for failure to drive in the established lane)
O: Ma’am. So I wrote you the infraction for that improper lane change that you did.
R: Please, you know, I probably crossed over there, and that’s why I did it.
O: OK.
R: Obviously I did that.
O: [Inaudible]
R: My [inaudible] is absolutely clean.
O: Ok. So I wrote you an infraction for that improper lane change that you did.
R: OK.
O: The answer date is on the front of it and the instructions are on the back of it.
R: Wait, what?
O: It’s a mail in infraction. All you have to do is mail in, either a check or money order, and mail it in.
R: OK.
O: Alright.
R: Thank you.

The Internal Affairs investigators interviewed Roychoudhuri in person and she repeated the same claims of racial profiling as well as specific allegation that there was no explanation of the violation. She then signed a statement that it is a crime for her to make any claims that she does not believe to be true in an effort to mislead a public servant.

Roychoudhuri has now been arrested for giving a false statement in the second degree. The state code mandates:

Sec. 53a-157b. (Formerly Sec. 53a-157). False statement in the second degree: Class A misdemeanor.

(a) A person is guilty of false statement in the second degree when he intentionally makes a false written statement under oath or pursuant to a form bearing notice, authorized by law, to the effect that false statements made therein are punishable, which he does not believe to be true and which statement is intended to mislead a public servant in the performance of his official function.

(b) False statement in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor.

The videotape does appear to show that Roychoudhuri misrepresented the officer’s statements. However, there is always a concern about the police criminally charging citizens who come forward with abuse allegations. Notably, while Roychoudhuri does stand contradicted on the facts regarding the questioning of whether she spoke interest and lack of explanation of the ticket, her allegation of profiling generally could still be true. The mere publication of the transcript is highly discrediting in itself. The question is whether a criminal charge, even a misdemeanor, is warranted in such a case.

In the meantime, various people have gone on the Facebook account of the Capital Community College to call for the school to “fire the liar.” Once again, my concern is that a professor made an allegation of profiling that could still be an honestly held belief (based on the minor infraction used to pull over her car). I am not saying that this was a valid belief in these circumstances but some complaints made be based on subjective viewpoints. There is always a fear of a chilling effect on people coming forward to express such concerns if they can be charged with a crime if police clear the officers. On the other hand, her statement did indeed appear to contain very specific and false elements despite her swearing to their accuracy.

Do you believe a criminal charge and/or university punishment is warranted in such a case?

62 thoughts on “Connecticut Professor Arrested For Filing An Alleged False Report of Profiling By Police”

  1. Habit of making false claims by CT Profesor –

    This isn’t the first time the Prof. at Capitol Community College has used the race card. She was not given tenure and fired from Three Rivers Community College in CT for being incompetent ,so she fought back claiming racial discrimination.During her Administrative hearing, it was determined that the progressive discipline steps were not followed correctly by the Administration, so she was transferred and given tenure at Capitol. It’s hard to believe that the media hasn’t picked-up on this reoccurring habit of hers that propels her to make false claims to save her skin!

  2. Of course it’s warranted. She purposely tried to ruin his career with her false accusation.

  3. Why she thought that the stop was not recorded, and why she thought that signing a penalty statement during the investigative interview would not be prosecuted is a mystery? She seemed clueless about the rule of not staying in lane being an offense. And it appears she was not upset with the officer DURING the stop or ticketing. She either got mad after the fact or has memory issues. If she has a medical problem she can claim that as an extenuating issue in sentencing.

  4. It’s not a minor traffic infraction it’s very similar too and as dangerous, if not more so, than an improper lane change. Do your “due diligence” before stating something so ignorant. Gore point areas are used by emergency workers, state workers, police and disabled motorist. Those that cut across them as this lady did seriously injured or kill many people and cause significant property damage every year from violating this rule.

  5. Why is it when a cop lies in his police report (or other cops lie for him) he is almost never arrested or prosecuted? Oh that’s right, they are for the most part, above the law.

  6. O: OK. There’s that big gore area with white lines painted across it and you cut in front of it, in front of me, thinking it’s a lane or something. You have to wait until it’s a dotted white line. License and registration.

    Minati Roychoudhuri was ticketed for a chicken crap offense (Minati had the audacity to drive across a solid painted line before it became a dotted painted line) and should never have been pulled over by the states roving revenue collector in the first place.

  7. Name: Minati B Roychoudhuri
    Age: 62
    Address: 7 Fieldstone Dr
    Storrs Mansfield, CT 06268
    Phone Numbers: 860-487-1857

  8. If it wasn’t for the fact that Ms.Minati Roychoudhuri wrote to the Commissioner with certainty in hopes of getting the officer in trouble, I would say she over-reacted and may have been mistaken, but the recourse she chose indicate to me that she exaggerated (lied) against the officer in her favor.

  9. Indian here (never been to US). I think the article analyzes all the main issues of this case perfectly..

    Her claim of racism & racial profiling seem a bit much for the simple pullover & decent & professional way she was dealt with by the officer. I don’t understand what made her think so..

    Was she acting with malice when she made such an accusation just & trying to get out of her infraction? If so, then the arrest is fair.. I hv no sympathy for ppl who cry oppression & racism for everything.

    But also, her conversation with the officer – she sounds so confused mostly. Maybe she imagined him asking & doing things he never did? It does happen. There may be other things which might hv made her feel so. Can we be sure she acted out of malice? Also, won’t this have a chilling effect on other such cases?

    Recently I saw a vid of TSA agents harassing a woman (American) who didn’t want her breast milk to be put through the x-ray. And they basically said, you caused trouble last time (for insisting that the milk NOT be put through the x-ray machine), and basically they were ‘waiting for her’ so they could teach her a lesson this time. They harassed her until she missed her flight. And one of them even noted down her address illegally on a pc of paper. Dunno what he was planning to do with her address. Pretty scary.. (

    But in this case, the woman did push it too far with her complaint to Senator and Legislator & to court. The life of the officer could hv been ruined. So I would not like to say anything more than the article here has said.

  10. Good. More people should face charges for making false reports of criminal conduct. In particular, I would like to see public exposure and prosecution of those caught making false claims of rape.

  11. The PC people trying to defend this victimhood whore got pimp slapped by some great comments. Kudos truth speakers.

  12. Planned Parenthood aborts 50 million babies since 1972.

    The Extreme Court commingles the words “state” and “federal” as a clear, arbitrary act of corruption and subversion of the Constitution.

    Obama is being sued (in lieu of the Congressional duty to impeach – what?) or subversion of the Constitution and “overreach” of the executive branch.

    America awaits the full impact of passing Constitutional “tipping point.”

    America sits atop the artifice of bias as “affirmative action.”

    “Fair Housing” nullifies the right of Americans to private property, including possession and disposition thereof.

    Education and job applicants can be “profiled” by race for superior treatment and processing.

    And the police can’t “profile” criminals?

    Ben Franklin, 1789, we gave you a “…republic, if you can keep it.”

    Ben Franklin, 2015, we gave you a “…republic, if you can take it back.”

    The inmates have taken over the asylum.

  13. Not everyone knows when you visit California you should give yourself a 2 week incubation period before attempting to express political opinions.

    @ Olly


    My family is pretty much all liberals and they live in the Bay Area, Pacific Grove, Marin County, San Francisco areas. I love them dearly and when we go to visit there is an unspoken rule that we do not discuss politics if we want to have a friendly family meeting. There are many other things to discuss, just not that.

    My husband and I call it taking a trip “behind the blue curtain”.

  14. ah well, another day, another blurb…..another day when something really important has happened…for instance, maybe a veteran has committed suicide today and nobody could care less………

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