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Boston outreach worker charged with racing through Mattapan Square with two loaded guns

Boston Police report arresting a Roxbury man who was a Boston outreach worker after a chase Sunday in which he sped through Mattapan Square, parked just over the line in Milton, then tried walking back into Mattapan.

Police say officers responded to River Street around 8:30 a.m. on a report of a man with a gun:

While officers approached the area, officers were made aware of a description of the suspect in a fleeing motor vehicle. Officers observed an operator of a motor vehicle matching the suspect’s description.

Officers immediately activated their emergency lights and sirens to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle. The motor vehicle refused to stop, and officers lost sight of the suspect.

Officers canvassed the area and located the suspect’s vehicle in the area of 14 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton. Officers observed a suspect matching the description, walking towards Mattapan Square and placed him into handcuffs without incident.

After further investigation officers located two firearms inside the motor vehicle. The firearms were determined to be a SCCY CPX-2 with ten rounds in the magazine, and a Jimenez Arms JA-9 with eight rounds in the magazine.

Calvin Dedrick, 53, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, negligent operation and failure to stop for a police officer, police say. He was ordered held without bail at least until a dangerousness hearing on Friday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Live Boston reports Dedrick was an outreach worker with the Boston Street Outreach, Advocacy and Response program, whose goal is to try to steer at-risk teens and young adults away from a life of crime - but which the city announced last fall it would disband.

Dedrick himself spent five years in federal custody after he pleaded guilty in 2014 to possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and possession of a firearm in a school zone in Dorchester in 2010.

A federal jury had convicted him in 2012 on those charges as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm and selling cocaine, but prosecutors agreed to toss the verdict and reduce the charges after Dedrick challenged his conviction because the cocaine used as evidence was tested in a state lab in Jamaica Plain where Annie Dookhan was busy making up results for the samples she worked on.

The gun-possession-by-a-felon charged stemmed from his 1998 conviction in Suffolk Superior Court for selling cocaine, court records show.

Innocent, etc.



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Relating to the kids and making them trust you is critical. But this guy is a career dangerous criminal. There have to be better options out there who can keep it real without still being in the life.

This outreach program was a disaster.

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Saturday night specials both of them. Fairly reliable handguns though.

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