REVERE- At the Christopher Columbus Day Parade held in Revere on October 14, 2013, Interim Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins once again lost control of himself when he began acting like an animal, and threatened to âkick his opponentâs (Bennett) assâŚâ
This most recent mental meltdown by Tompkins, who called Bennett a âf@$%&ng bitch,â occurred in public in front of Revere City Council President Ira Novoselsky and the entire Suffolk County Sheriffâs Department administration which included Suffolk County Special Sheriff Eugene Sumpter and Ed Geary, producer of Common Cause.
This is not the first time Tompkins has had issues with Bennett. Most recently on September 10, 2013, Tompkins had to appear in front of a Roxbury District Court Criminal Magistrate for Property Theft and Destruction of Personal Property when he went store to store in Egleston Square in Roxbury, Cleary Square in Hyde Park, and then up and down Hyde Park Avenue terrorizing Store Owners who supported Bennett.
Tompkins was unlawfully pulling out his Sheriffâs badge, and telling those store owners who were supporting Bennett that they (the store owners) had to remove Bennettâs signs because âit was too early for them to put them upâŚâ Click on this YouTube link to watch Jean Jackson, owner of La Paiz Hair Salon at 1059 Hyde Park Avenue discuss how Tompkins âunlawfullyâ pulled out his badge to intimidate him into removing Bennettâs campaign sign: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZszLm-CCmio&feature=player_detailpage
This is not a charge that Tompkins denies. After Tompkins was busted for stealing Bennettâs signs, according to anonymous sources in the Sheriffâs department, Tompkins called AFSCME Local 419 Suffolk County South Bay House of Corrections President Robert DeBole to explain why he was unlawfully pulling out his badge to steal Bennettâs signs.
Although the Criminal Magistrate made it clear to Tompkins that he was to cease this illegal behavior, Tompkins got caught only a few days later trying to remove one of Bennettâs 4âX8â billboard off a fence at a used car lot on Columbus Avenue near Egleston Square.
Mr. Tompkins is currently under investigation by Massachusetts State Ethics Commission Investigator Brian McWilliams.
According to Bennett he stated after again witnessing Tompkinsâs mental meltdown:
âI couldnât believe it. Here is this 57 year old, short, fat man with a âNapoleon complexâ acting like a seven year old child every time he sees me. I do not know why Steve always acts like an animal in front of me in public. Heâs obviously scared of my candidacy and knows the kind of change and reform I will bring to the Suffolk County Sheriffâs Department as Sheriff. Obviously this individualâs time as âInterim Sheriffâ is running out fast and he obviously lacks the dignity and respect for the seriousness of overseeing the Nashua Street Jail and the South Bay House of Corrections. If this man acts this way towards myself and other members of the public, then this is how he treats his Correctional Officers, Jail Guards, and those incarcerated by the Suffolk County Sheriffâs Department. But heyâŚ what do you expect. This individual has ZERO law enforcement experience. He is a lifetime Public Relations person who best known for producing promotional videos for AT&T.â
Even those who witnessed Mr. Tompkinsâs meltdown were disgusted. Kevin Vasquez of Dorchester who watched the parade with his cousins from Revere was standing by Mr. Tompkins said:
âIt was shocking... How could this man (Tompkins) who is supposed to be so high act in such a disgusting way.â
Other examples of times when Tompkins began acting like an animal and lost control of himself was on July 17, 2013 in front of many witnesses at a Boston City Council Hearing on Gun Violence at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury.
It was there in front of a young preacher from a local Roxbury Church where Tompkins called Bennett a âPUNK ASS BITCHâ because Bennett had decided to run for Sheriff.
Tompkins also started a confrontation with 2010 Suffolk County Sheriff Candidate Hassan Smith of 75 Intervale Street in Dorchester back in June because he did not like how Smith was exploring a possible candidacy.
Tompkins who recently moved to Boston from the state of New York was the Press Secretary for Andrea Cabral. Tompkins, a former Republican, registered as a Democrat only very recently on April 1, 2013 in order to run in next yearâs Democratic Primary. According to the Boston elections Department, Tompkins waited TWO YEARS to register to vote after leaving New York to come work for Cabral.
Bennett, a former Suffolk County Criminal Court Case Specialist whose experience includes processing bail money and assisting the Judges and Clerk Magistrates. Additionally Bennett was elected as County Commissioner and Selectman at age 28 years old and oversaw a budget of $80 million. Bennett is also a former Air-Assault Army Reservist. Bennett, a resident of St. Anneâs Parish in Dorchester, is the father of two sons. To learn more about Douglas Bennett for Sheriff go to www.VoteBennettSheriff.com.