A Boston police officer was arraigned in Dorchester court today for allegedly trying to intimidate an internal-affairs investigator who'd had him placed on administrative leave for moving out of Boston before his union contract said he could.
Matthew Morrissey allegedly drove up to the detective's house, parked his pickup truck right out front, then "rolled down his window and stared at the fellow officer," the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. The DA's office did not say where the incident took place, but Dorchester District Court handles arrests from Dorchester and Mattapan.
WCVB reports this is the third time Morrissey allegedly pulled such crap with the same detective; in another instance last fall, he allegedly slowly drove around the detective's car in his truck.
Under their union contract, Boston police officers are required to live within city limits for the first ten years on the job; after that, they can move out of the city. But Morrissey, who began his BPD career on Dec. 9, 2013, lives in Milton, officials say.
In a statement, acting DA Kevin Hayden sad:
All of us in law enforcement are supposed to protect the residents of the municipalities in which we serve, and we are rightfully held to the highest standard. The actions of Office Morrissey are troubling on many levels: he lied about where he lived, and he intimidated a fellow officer who had placed him on administrative leave.
Judge Thomas Kaplanes released Morrissey on personal recognizance and ordered him to stay away from the detective's home and the anti-corruption division of the Boston Police.