Jennifer Garvey, already facing a lawsuit for the way she handled a woman complaining about her treatment of an elderly person at Dudley station, now faces criminal charges of causing injury while violating a person’s civil rights, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery, and two counts of filing a false report on the incident, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Garvey, 33, is scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court in connection with the March 26, 2014 incident, following her indictment by a Suffolk County grand jury, the DA's office says.
In a lawsuit filed last year, Mary Celeste Holmes of Roxbury charged Garvey and other officers beat her with a baton and pepper sprayed her when she objected to the way Garvey was allegedly screaming at and manhandling an elderly woman at the bus station.
In a statement on the Dudley indictment, DA Dan Conley said:
We allege that the use of force in this case was unnecessary, excessive, and violated the victim’s civil rights. She was assaulted, arrested, and wrongly charged. After assessing the evidence, we determined that the only appropriate course of action was to affirmatively terminate the prosecution of her case and instead investigate the circumstances of her arrest. The vast majority of police officers in Boston and Suffolk County use their authority to protect the public and serve the community, but when the use of force rises to criminal conduct it must be charged and prosecuted.
Garvey is also facing charges separately that she pointed a gun at her wife - also a T cop - and then assaulted somebody at a country-music festival in Foxborough.