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Boston cop charged with sending forged State Police ticket to man in a road-rage incident out of his jurisdiction

WHDH reports the cop, a Roslindale resident, was indicted today in Middlesex County for allegedly getting angry enough after an incident in that county to forge a $790 State Police ticket and send it to some guy - in a BPD envelope - following a 2017 incident.

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Not only is it appalling that one of the city's finest thought this contrivance would somehow result in a win for the mastermind as it has all the hallmarks of a person not thinking it through past the first step, but what really concerns me is the poor level of grammatical mastery being displayed by the officer in question. In his own handwriting, no less.

One bad apple, etc.

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What is the difference between a state ticket or a Boston ticket? Is this because the BPD officer has no jurisdiction outside city limits?

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That's probably all the officer will get.

Has BPD canned him yet? He ought never to wear a badge again.

Also, he ought to be given charges for taking a six minute video while driving which, IIRC, is against the rules, too.

Although they got him for uttering at least. (I know it's an offense, I just like the word.)

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A serious crime like this?

I'm sure they'll slap *both* wrists.

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BPD didn't fire the pepper spray guy, or the guy who said racist stuff to high school students or any of the other bad apples over there.

Police unions are something else.

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Why do people always blame the Union for something like this? The Union doesn't fire people, doesn't legislate labor law, civil service law or protections, and they don't make department or city policy. All they really do is pool everyone's money together to hire attorneys to negotiate everything legally possible. There isn't one police officer out of the 2,000 I know who would care if this guy got fired either. Not one.

I get hating the racist POS Union editorial with political ramblings (which I always found strange because "liberal" laws and policies that the Union always seem to attack in these editorials help out Union members more than anything)

But no one ever blames the City or Mayor or Chief for these things, it always seems like the Union is under fire.....

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I think the idea is that it's the union that's made it nearly impossible to fire these cops, through their very effective contract negotiations. Just like how people like to blame the teachers union for it being difficult to fire bad teachers. Personally, I think both claims are overstated anti-union talking points.

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Your provide a well-reasoned inside look at a world that most people know about mostly from fictional TV drama.

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Because the Union is the one who has negotiated this system where cops are essentially immune from punishment. I understand advocating for your members, but they've gone way too far. It's in everyone's best interest for there to be consequences for bad behavior.

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The City negotiated the system with the Union.

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And even Supreme Court Judges have validated these issues. (Graham vs. Connor, Bivens v. FBI, Hartman v. Moore, etc)

Hell, most of the Constitutional Protections have come from places that had nothing to do with the police or Unions.

The Police Union never has to bargain for Constitutionally protected rights like the ones that are almost always brought up in cases like these.

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In most jobs you can get fired by getting on the bad side of your bosses. They need to find reasons beyond your ethnicity (etc.) but if they think your a liability, you're gone. You don't get to appeal the decision.

Most public servant jobs offer a much greater level of job security to the point of it being fairly difficult get get rid of someone.

I'm generally in favor of unions (and worker protections) but in the case of police it should be quick and easy for the departments to "part ways" with officers who abuse their authority without the possibility of the cops appealing and being reinstated.

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But Unions don't make the rules, why blame them? And you don't even mention Civil Service or any of the judges who ruled on the 14th Amendment.

Issues like this with the police should be a no brainer, but anything involving the use of force or freedom of speech can be really tough to regulate and rule on and that's only due to the fact that Police are required to use force as a part of their job.

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Minor correction - it was previously reported that he was indicted in Suffolk Superior Ct not Middlesex. Either way, frightening to think an officer could have such a temper and such poor judgement.

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too many no no’s

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Mentions he "admitted" to doing this, but it doesn't mention that he didn't admit it until he had to. He tried to deny it at first - and that lie eventually caught up with him. This guy is dishonest and a hothead, not someone who should be a police officer. He gives a bad name to all the good police officers out there.

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I paid a ticket almost 2 yrs ago I received in my mailbox $240/$280 whichever and it was sent from State Police and it was dated almost 20 days prior!!!!! . I paid it ( I mak more then that in a day, I didn’t remember if I was at fault, I prefer to use my coveted time off for my family and or Doctors app. Wow how th hell do I can I find out if this ticket was even valid? Help please! This is terrible . This is equivalent to the DNA lady !!!! We need answers

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Certainly NOT equivalent to the DNA lady. That's all.

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n/t

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I make more than that in half a day and I would not pay even a $50 ticket without first making sure it was legit and I had to pay it.
Consider it an expensive lesson in trust.

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Bad behavior by the BPD officer, especially when he could have called the State Police or written the RMV and gotten the desired result without committing a crime himself. One question, all MA police officers with "Chapter 90" (motor vehicle laws) authority use the same Massachusetts Uniform Citation. The same citations are used by all agencies but each ticket book (20 tix in each) is numbered and signed out by each officer. As the citations become computerized and printed in the cruiser, there's even more accountability. I'd like to learn more about whether this Boston Police officer used a State Trooper's citation book or if the officer simply used a "Massachusetts Uniform Citation" that all Boston officers have?

The crime is bad enough regardless but would be more significant if he used a ticket book assigned to a state trooper and not his own.

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90% chance he gets fired for this one. Also think he sent it to the wrong court.

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Good riddance. As you probably know, all of our co-workers are shaking their heads in disbelief at this idiot.

- a Boston Cop

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What would have happened if this guy paid the ticket rather than go to court?

I'd love to know if this asshat did this more than once but has been getting away with it...

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So I bet no one would have known.

But to your other question, every single citation he has ever written or book he has been assigned will be audited.

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It would be interesting if his victim had a dash cam.

I have one because I'm a reasonable driver and it can settle a lot of nonsense.

I've even found that pointing at it has a "calming" effect on jackasses, and I've busted a couple of them by sending the footage to the authorities (like the yahoo who was blowing soot on pedestrians on the UMass campus, and the jerkwad who decided to try to brake-check harass me for no apparent reason on the Mass Pike ... maybe his ex drove a similar car? No idea.)

I put one in my son's car, too, in case someone decided to do something stupid and blame the younger driver.

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How do you get the authorities to listen when you file a complaint about a bad driver? All I've heard is that such complaints get ignored.

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Question: what authorities do you send the video to? BPD, CPD, BTD. Really curious.

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...you post it on /r/boston, wait for it to garner a few hundred upvotes, then agree to every interview the local news stations offer you. Once it becomes a political liability, the agency (be it the BPD, BPS, MBTA, etc.) will suddenly find the email you sent them earlier in the week and reply with a promise to fix it, which they will never follow up on.

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I know them from watershed work - I just sent the video of the MA-licensed diesel truck that had the emissions systems removed and was spewing soot on pedestrians and they took it from there. Not the same as a moving violation, but they did impound the truck for environmental infractions.

As for the jackass on the MassPike, I sent video to the state police. They can't issue a citation, but they said that they can keep it on file for when jackass pulls another trick. They can also check tolling records to see if he is a habitual speeder, etc.

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Too bad life-threatening motor vehicle assault can't be prosecuted even with video evidence.

And what does brake-checking have to do with average speed for the several miles between E-ZPass points? If they searched for everyone who averaged more than 65 on the Pike, they would give themselves a whole lot of work mailing tickets.

And didn't the authorities convince us to sign up for E-ZPass by assuring us they would never use toll records to enforce speed limits?

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Not everyone can afford dash-cams for their entire family, Moneybags McGee. Good idea, though.

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They cost about $25 for a basic model.

That's about the cost of 10 miles worth of gas for your '90 Crown Vic. Then again, if you drive like an idiot, you probably don't want one.

TL/DR: if you can afford a car you can afford a dash cam.

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I had to Google utterance.

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Tip of the iceberg. Cops run CORI checks on their enemies,relatives and girlfriends daily and no one ever gets charged with a crime.

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I've never heard of that.

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Even the ancient Romans understood this one. From Juvenal: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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