Cops Cuff Man for Empathizing with Conn. Killer

This June 2010 cell phone photo provided by Kristi Hannah, shows her boyfriend Omar Thornton. Police said Thornton killed eight people and wounded two, then turned the gun on himself in a rampage Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, in Manchester, Conn. (AP Photo/Kristi Hannah
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Connecticut police say they arrested a man at a management company after he mentioned the shooting rampage across the state that killed nine people and said he understood the killer's mindset.

Fifty-eight-year-old Francis Laskowski of Derby was charged with breach of peace Wednesday after making the comments while working at Fusco Management Co. in New Haven.

Nine people died in the shootings Tuesday at Hartford Distributors in Manchester, including gunman Omar Thornton. Thornton told police in a 911 call that he wanted to avenge racial discrimination, allegations that company officials denied.

Laskowski told The Associated Press on Friday that his comments were blown out of proportion. He says his arrest was "ridiculous" and he didn't make any threats.

Laskowski posted bail and is due in New Haven Superior Court on Tuesday.

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