Boston Police Officer Arrested
The Boston Police Department (BPD) recently arrested officer James Kenneally for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after an incident at his home. In addition to the assault and battery charge, the officer was also charged with criminal sale of a scratch ticket for cash.
According to court documents, Kenneally was involved in a fight with a family member. The family and the officer were arguing about television volume at the time of the incident. The two men started pushing each other and a physical battle erupted. The two men ended up with bruises.
The BPD was called to the scene at 2:40 a.m. on Sunday. The incident was referred to the department’s Domestic Violence Unit, which is a unit that investigates and handles complaints of domestic abuse. After the incident, the officer was placed on administrative leave.
The investigation into the incident took place and the arrest was made on Monday. The officer was arraigned in West Roxbury District Court. He was released on personal recognizance.
According to court documents, Kenneally has been a Boston police officer for over 25 years. His lawyer said that the alleged assault was a fight between Kenneally and his younger brother. It happened at a funeral home on the day after his father died.
The hearing officer also found that the accusation appears to have been orchestrated. He also criticized the poorly translated consent form. In order for the charge to be dropped, the judge would have to rule that the consent form was invalid. However, he said that he declined to suppress the evidence.
The Boston police officer was initially placed on leave after an internal affairs investigation. In a statement, the BPD said the officer was being investigated for the “alleged involvement in a domestic incident.” Those allegations were not confirmed.
On Thursday, another BPD officer was arrested in Woodstock, New Hampshire. Currently, Christopher Long is on medically incapacitated leave. He is also assigned to the Medically Incapacitated Unit and will be examined by the department’s drug control unit. The department said the incident was “an unfortunate and tragic circumstance.”
In addition to the charges against Kenneally, a federal indictment was unsealed this week. The indictment details a number of allegations against the officer, including selling a scratch ticket for cash in order to avoid taxes. A spokesperson for the Boston Office of Police Accountability and Transparency has stated that the case is being reviewed. In addition, the Boston Police Department will be conducting an investigation into the alleged misconduct of other officers.
The FBI is also investigating a case in which nine current and former Boston police officers were arrested. The FBI and the Boston police are collaborating on the investigation. A number of BPD officers are accused of falsifying overtime slips, which allegedly showed they had worked entire shifts. In the end, the officers received more than $200,000 in overtime pay.
In addition to the disciplinary actions that have been taken against the officers, the officers’ families are seeking damages from the Boston police department. The police officers were also sued by the family of Shayne Stilphen, who died of a drug overdose in a holding cell.