Council to look at how to prevent unstable people from becoming constables

The Boston City Council agreed today to hold a hearing on the vetting process for how people become constables following last week's shootout in East Boston, involving a man who the council named a constable earlier this year.

"Clearly the vetting process is broken," Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale) said of the April council vote that happened with no discussion.

McCarthy acknowledged the voice vote to approve Kirk Figueroa without a hearing meant councilors did not know of his issues in other states.

McCarthy sponsored the motion for a hearing to which Boston Police, Suffolk County prosecutors and the mayor's office would be invited to make sure constables, who normally serve papers, are on the up and up.

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Shouldn't they have looked

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Shouldn't they have looked into this they cast rubber stamp votes?

Or are they afraid people might notice they don't do their jobs?

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Something, something...

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...inmates and asylums.

It's understandable, though, that they wouldn't have a real hearing for someone seeking the privileges that come with being a constable. They were working on more pressing issues like whether or not they should grant themselves a raise and whether we should pay people to obey the law.

I do feel sorry for the councilors that actually get stuff done. I'd surely suffer persistent migraines from the Jackson-induced eye-rolling.

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Run in with a constable

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My only run in (thankfully) with a constable was over a traffic matter. He ran a red light, came close to hitting me, then parked illegally near the court house.

When I called him on it, he growled that 'I didn't want a piece of him' or some similar non-sense then ran inside. A true peach.

He drove a Dodge station wagon with dark tinted windows, in case anyone knows who I mean. And yeah, I support a lot more vetting.

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They are vetted by BPD and

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They are vetted by BPD and the City Council. I figure the same caliber of people looking the other way for political donors at the hackney division are working for whatever office hands out credentials to constables.

Supposedly there are several convicted felons working as constables in the city because they are relatives or friends of special people.

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