Report: Officers Lied About Snelgrove Shooting


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Vernal45
June 22, 2005, 11:15 PM
TheBostonChannel.com
Report: Officers Lied About Snelgrove Shooting
Names Have Not Been Released

POSTED: 6:35 am EDT June 22, 2005
UPDATED: 7:57 am EDT June 22, 2005

BOSTON -- Two police officers may have lied during the investigation into Victoria Snelgrove's death during rioting after last fall's Red Sox American League playoff victory over the New York Yankees.

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Gail Huff Reports On Police Probe
NewsCenter 5's Gail Huff reported that Police Superintendent Al Goslin, who heads the Internal Affairs Division, said lies were reported in the internal notes of investigators who were probing the shootings. The officers names haven't been released and the notes and report have not been made public.

Snelgrove, 21, died after being hit in the eye socket with a pepper-spray pellet that a cop fired into a rowdy crowd outside Fenway Park Oct. 21 with plenty of witnesses around. Two others in the crowd were also struck in the face but survived. Now, an investigation into the fatal police shooting has turned up some disturbing information.

Internal notes from the investigation show that two police officers lied about what happened that night according to Goslin, who was interviewed by the Boston Globe.

Unnamed sources told the Globe that "two sergeants were under investigation for making statements to officers under their command which could have been interpreted as threats against cooperating with a department probe."

It's the latest stunner in what's been a tragic embarrassment to the Boston Police Department. First, one of their own officers shot into a crowd, accidentally killing a young Emerson College student. Then the city of Boston paid Snelgrove's family $5 million, the largest wrongful death settlement in the city's history.

Five police officers still face administrative discipline for their actions and the district attorney is still deciding whether they'll face criminal charges. Now, this newest revelation -- that two police officers counted on to help uncover the truth about what went wrong that night allegedly lied to investigators.

Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole said the department's disciplinary process doesn't allow her to discuss administrative charges against the officers. The two officers haven't been notified yet and Goslin said the notes would not be made public and he could not discuss what kind of disciplinary action the officers may face.

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Standing Wolf
June 22, 2005, 11:21 PM
Unnamed sources told the Globe that...

Trusting the Boston Globe is a lot like trusting the New York Times: the sports scores are probably not too heavily politicized.

Flyboy
June 23, 2005, 12:33 AM
...and Goslin said the notes would not be made public...
We really need some sort of "public subpoena" process. We, the public, need this sort of information to keep our government under control, and FOIA just has too many loopholes.

"Won't be made public." How dare you mere mortals try to find out if we whitewashed a wrongful death investigation.

Malone LaVeigh
June 23, 2005, 01:36 AM
We really need some sort of "public subpoena" process. We, the public, need this sort of information to keep our government under control, and FOIA just has too many loopholes. Once upon a time, a free press served that function. Now it's a passive organ of the government and big business.

R.H. Lee
June 23, 2005, 01:40 AM
Once upon a time, a free press served that function. Now it's a passive organ of the government and big business.
Yikes! I actually agree with Malone. :eek:

Malone LaVeigh
June 23, 2005, 01:58 AM
May be I should re-think it. ;)

What scares me is we probably agree on more than that.

Henry Bowman
June 23, 2005, 10:00 AM
"two sergeants were under investigation for making statements to officers under their command which could have been interpreted as threats against cooperating with a department probe." Even taken literally, this is pretty vague. It is possible that a major newspaper is trying to hype this into much more than it was.

centac
June 23, 2005, 11:13 AM
Sounds like a Garrity issue.

TheEgg
June 23, 2005, 01:05 PM
Yikes! I actually agree with Malone.

Me too. :what:

I will go lie down now -- I don't think I am entirely well.

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