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Boston cop arrested on drugged-driving charge in Haverhill

Boston Police report a BPD officer who has been on medical leave for at least two years was arrested on Monday in Haverhill on a charge of operating under the influence of drugs.

Christopher Long, 55, who has been on the force for 35 years, previously served as a patrolman in District D-14 in Allston/Brighton. He lives in York, ME.

In 2016, he suffered a concussion and other injuries when attacked by a homeless man who had been drinking and urinating outside the Skating Club of Boston in Brighton.

WHAV reports the Haverhill PD drug unit arrested Long around 2 p.m. on Howard Street.

Commissioner Michael Cox called the allegations against Long "unacceptable" if true. The Boston Police Bureau of Professional Standards has opened an investigation.

Innocent, etc.



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Arrested for drugs? Give him a raise, guns, bullets, and send him on his way.

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[He] has been on medical leave for at least two years

He lives in York, ME.

Explain to me how a Boston cop on medical leave is able to live in York, ME?!? So basically you get one diagnosed concussion and you can retire and get full pay indefinitely? Isn't the point of being on 'leave' that it ends and you need to be ready to return to duty? Oh to be a Boston city cop...

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Cops are the biggest crybabies and thieves in the world.

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ACAB except Pete Nice

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The guy was injured on the job. Whether his injuries were sufficiently serious to require two years of leave I don’t know, any more than you do, but I do know that the point of medical leave is to allow someone to recuperate, not to have them ready to jump into action at a moment’s notice. What’s wrong with going to Maine to recuperate? It sounds like a good idea to me.

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I'm not defending this particular guy since we don't have enough info on what his other injuries were, but people really underestimate how badly a severe concussion can affect people and how long it can take to fully recover from them - and some people never do return to baseline. I know people who have had to defer their educations for years or change their career plans because the traumatic brain injury they received getting concussed permanently damaged their processing speed or ability to memorize new information or physical coordination. It's made worse because too many medical professionals don't realize how long it takes to recover and how important resting the brain is to making full recoveries.

Again, I'm not talking about this particular cop, but want people to realize that concussions are not trivial injuries and recovery can be a long process.

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He lives in York, ME.

How does that work? Is he on permanent disability because of this concussion? If not, what's the relevance of the concussion, and why is he living in York ME?

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