Sunday, January 13, 2008

Assault, Rape, and Murder isn't prosecuted as crimes if you are a cop

Lt. Dave Murphy - Tough Guy Suspended
5 Days For Beating His Girlfriend In A Bar

(Bad Cop News)

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - Despite talking tough on domestic violence, the Boston Police Department did not fire any of the 11 officers disciplined in the past two years for punching their spouses, striking their children and other violent incidents, a Herald review shows.

The punishments handed down by Police Department brass in those cases include two five-day suspensions, three 30-day suspensions and one 40-day suspension. Of the remaining officers who were investigated, two retired, two resigned and one has a criminal case pending.

“It’s outrageous,” Mary Lauby, executive director of Jane Doe Inc., said of the department’s lack of a zero-tolerance policy against battering cops

“This, again, is something that needs to be taken far more seriously than it is. For someone to have been found through an investigation to have committed acts of domestic violence, seems like that should have warranted a criminal investigation.”

The Police Department’s internal investigations concluded in the past two years showed:

# Sgt. Larry Hobson “struck his wife in the face” during a December 2003 spat; he was suspended for 30 days.

# Officer Lysander Wright assaulted his daughter and “struck her with a large iced tea bottle” in May 2003.

# Officer Frank Williams struck the mother of his child in the face and “pushed her down onto a bed” in March 2004. Williams was suspended for 30 days.

Police Commissioner Edward Davis [Pretty much (very) worthless, lets cops do what they want, like he did as chief in Lowell, MA - BCN], who has been on the job for a little over a year, said a tougher policy has been in place since June 2006 that specifies officers can be fired for domestic violence complaints even if they aren’t found guilty in court.

Davis said only one officer has been punished under the new rules, Lt. Dave Murphy, who received a five-day suspension for allegedly punching his girlfriend off a bar stool in Baltimore. In that case, the victim did not cooperate with the department, Davis said.

But Lauby of Jane Doe didn’t buy that as a valid defense of the department’s policy.

“This entire reliance on victims in order to prosecute, it’s a sham,” she said. “We all know that there is a substantial amount of domestic violence that never reaches anyone’s attention.”

Murphy, whose criminal case resulted in an 18-month probation, but no conviction, was back on duty last night in South Boston. He declined to comment.

“I’d rather not. I do have a side . . . That’s all I can say about it,” he said. “Believe me, the stress has been absolutely intense on me, and I’d rather not say anything.”

In another case, East Boston Detective Eliezer Gonzalez, who was praised in December 2005 for tracking down and rescuing an infant who was the subject of an Amber Alert, was slapped six months later with a 40-day suspension for “abusive and controlling behavior” toward his now ex-wife.

He also was punished for attempting to “deceive” internal affairs detectives.

He said the job puts extreme pressure on cops.

“There was a cross-complaint,” Gonzalez said. “I made a complaint against her, she made a complaint against me. I informed the department what was going on. They brought both parties in. They mediated the dispute. There is no criminal wrongdoing.”

Davis said that after internal affairs detectives complete their investigation, the information is forwarded to the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office. Just one of the 11 cases is still moving through the courts, he said.

Appeared Here

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Rape Ok for Connecticut State Police:

[click here] Can police officers get away with allegedly using $10,000 cash in taxpayer dollars to hire police informants to kill citizens that lodge police misconduct complaints? Do officers not get into trouble for murder for hire plots? Can a citizen be arrested and face prison for being stabbed 13 times and waking up alive in the hospital?

[click here] for Bad Cop News, Connecticut stories

Connecticut Police Officers helping husbands beat their wives? [Click Here]


ENFIELD, CONNECTICUT - An Enfield police officer who hit a parked car with his pickup truck while off duty in 2005 and left the scene, later admitted to his superiors that he drank 10 beers before the accident, according to recently released documents.

The officer, Timothy Vergean, also admitted that he brought two more beers with him when he left his house for the late-night drive during which the accident occurred.

Moreover, Vergean admitted that when he returned to his Enfield home after the accident, he drank “a couple of beers and a shot” and “started to wipe down the front of the truck.”

Those details emerged from documents compiled during the Enfield Police Department’s internal affairs investigation of the incident.

The Journal Inquirer recently obtained the documents in New Britain Superior Court, where the town of Enfield had filed an appeal to keep them from being released.

The town had appealed a Freedom of Information Commission decision from 2006, directing it to release Vergean’s internal affairs report to the Journal Inquirer.

The New Britain Superior Court judge handling the case largely denied the town’s appeal.

The transcript of an interview between Vergean and two internal affairs investigators quotes the officer as saying he realized as he wiped down his truck after returning to Enfield that the accident “wasn’t just a little fender bender.”

Vergean said he then drove back to the area in Windsor where it had occurred and parked on Brewster Road, around the corner from the accident scene on Overlook Drive. He said he walked toward the scene to get a look at the damage.

“I saw that there were two Windsor cruisers around it, and I knew that I was caught,” Vergean said in the recorded interview.

But he didn’t turn himself in at that point. He said he ran into the woods, where he stayed for “a little while,” then came out, saw an Enfield police cruiser by his truck, and “walked behind houses, walked towards Enfield.”

Vergean left his truck on Brewster Road, where Windsor police found it and identified it through physical evidence as the one that was probably involved in the hit-and-run accident. They got Vergean’s name through a registration check and asked Enfield police to help locate him.

Vergean said he eventually made his way to a doughnut shop in Windsor or Windsor Locks and, after 15 or 20 minutes, found a stranger to give him a ride.
He turned himself in at the Windsor police station around 7:30 that morning, Sept. 2, 2005, roughly seven hours after the accident.

New Britain Superior Court Judge Henry S. Cohn sustained the town’s appeal of the FOI Commission order only to the extent of ordering a few brief passages to be blacked out of the 44 pages of documents before they were made public.
The judge said in his four-page decision, issued Nov. 27, that the documents contain “a brief mention of a medical condition.”

He gave the following explanation for his decision to have that material blacked out: “Disclosure of a medical condition may interfere with treatment and affect the subject’s career. … Medical conditions under treatment touch on intimate details that are not matters of public concern.”

Vergean was suspended without pay for 30 days as a result of his conduct in connection with the accident. But Police Chief Carl J. Sferrazza has described Vergean as an “excellent” officer despite the incident.

The judge also directed that “a reference to a rumor” be blacked out of the records. He said the town and the FOI Commission had agreed to that at the hearing held before him on the appeal.

The documents were made public Dec. 20 after the town failed to file paperwork to take the case to the state Appellate Court within the time allowed by law.

Sgt. Lawrence Curtis, who conducted the internal affairs investigation, concluded that Vergean violated the Enfield Police Department’s general orders in three respects:

* “Officer Vergean placed the safety of himself and the public in jeopardy by operating his motor vehicle on the public streets of Connecticut after consuming a large quantity of alcohol,” Curtis wrote.

“By these violations Officer Vergean has failed to recognize his badge of office as a symbol of the public’s faith and trust in the actions of a police officer.”

Curtis concluded that this conduct violated the department’s code of ethics.

* Curtis concluded that Vergean violated the department’s code of conduct both by driving after heavy drinking and by actions that led to charges of “serious violations” of state motor vehicle laws.

Windsor police charged Vergean with evading responsibility and failure to drive in the established lane. He was convicted in a plea bargain on a reduced charge of failure to stop and show a license. He was fined $90.

* Vergean failed to cooperate with Windsor police by leaving the scene of the accident and not contacting police for some seven hours, Curtis concluded.

“By his actions he caused another police agency as well as the Enfield Police Department to spend several hours of manpower in an effort to locate him to determine his well-being,” the sergeant wrote.

Windsor police Sgt. Tammy Medonis said in a recorded interview with Curtis that she was impressed with Vergean’s attitude when he finally did come forward.

“He was very apologetic, was very upset with himself for putting us through all that work,” Medonis said, according to a transcript of the interview.

“He said, ‘I’ve investigated evading accidents myself, and I know how frustrating that is, and I apologize for putting you all through that.’ So I really respected that part of his admittance because it’s so easy to blame someone else and not take the heat, but he was willing to do that.”

Anjo Timmerman, who was then an Enfield police captain and is now the department’s deputy chief, wrote in a memo to the chief, “Vergean is taking accountability for what happened, but I don’t believe he had a whole lot of choice.”

Appeared Here

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Donald Christmas talks about Enfield Connecticut Police Officer Timothy Vergean, the officer alleged sleeping with 14 year old prostitutes, harassing and terrorizing citizens, the filing of false police reports, retaliation, and how Vergean still has a secure job working as an Enfield PD:

[click here] for my beef on the Connecticut State Police, their collusion with prostitutes and corrupt Connecticut courts.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure this comment won't be posted, but this is an absolute crock of bullshit. Mr. Christmas can't even get his facts straight. He lies, and it is obvious from the video that he is being coached. This video is so factually incorrect as to be a joke. He speaks of being processed at the same time as a 14 year old girl, which is ridiculous. Anyone in their right mind knows that adults are separated from juveniles in ANY police department. Christmas has an ax to grind with Vergean, and has resorted to libel and slander in order to pull this off. I hope Vergean sues both Christmas and your asses off.

Thursday, January 17, 2008 8:29:00 AM  
Blogger The Stark Raving Viking said...

Nice try anonymous.

I didn't get the same take on the processing of the officer's young alleged prostitute girlfriend.

Don Christmas had mentioned to me about the time Cheyenne was processed, I don't recall him ever saying they were processed together.

"Officer" Vergean left the scene of an accident to cover up and avoid responsibility for damage he caused to a vehicle while driving drunk.

Officers that break the law and can't control themselves shouldn't be police officers. Vergean should not be trusted with a badge and gun. He doesn't sound like much of a public servant to me.

As far as suing me goes, I'm still waiting. I post my address and email all over my blogs. I have been blogging since 2003 and probably have well over 15,000 posts.

The posts I put up on sometimes got 5000 to 10,000 hits a day. I contributed to the over a million and a half page visitors there. Police misconduct was a big theme. Still no takers on suing me ...

Thursday, January 17, 2008 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at 04:22 He clearly states how they supposedly showed her his driver's license, social security card, etc. while they were being processed together...jus sayin

Thursday, December 22, 2011 3:40:00 PM  

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