Friday, October 1, 2010

More trouble for this Town

From the Herald:
An on-duty Framingham police detective accused of pulling over to relieve himself in a private yard, then drawing his gun on the home’s resident, has been indicted on criminal charges, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office announced yesterday.

Detective Scott Brown, 38, of Mendon was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and making threats stemming from an April 29 incident taking place on private property in Framingham, said spokeswoman Cara O’Brien.

Prosecutors say Brown, who was on-duty but not in uniform and driving an unmarked vehicle, got out and began to urinate. A woman who lives at the unidentified address approached and asked what he and his partner were doing, O’Brien said.

After Brown allegedly told the woman to “stop looking” and returned to his cruiser, her husband - upon hearing the commotion - drove over in his golf cart and stopped next to Brown as he was pulling away, O’Brien said.

The two exchanged words, and Brown then got out and drew his firearm, pointed it at the victim, and said, “Move it or get shot,” prosecutors said.

The wife called 911. A video surveillance camera on the property captured the incident, O’Brien said. Messages left with Framingham police were not returned. Brown could not be reached for comment.

Questions that need to be answered: why hasn't this officer been charged with indecent exposure? why has it taken since April to charge the officer? Were his weapons taken away?

Law Enforcement and the DA's office can only cover up so much and if it were not for the episode being recorded on tape, perhaps they would have sweep this under the rug. But if convicted you can bet there will be a civil suit against the officer and the Town. One bad apple does not spoil the whole bunch, but there needs to be more scrutiny by administrators of all the officers for competency.


At October 1, 2010 at 1:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Framingham's finest at the best. I think this guy must have not past his Quinn funded course on Customer Service!

At October 1, 2010 at 2:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cops, just like politicians, tend to be corrupted by the power their position gives them. The sign of a good police force is one that recognizes this is the case, and successfully trains and manages their force to make sure events like this do not happen. This guys is caught on the camera doing these things, how the hell can he be anything but guilty? At the very least, he should have been put on administrative leave as soon as the complaint was lodged, pending an investigation. Given the facts as they are stated here, he should be fired. Why is he still on the force?

At October 1, 2010 at 2:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Use to be popular for officers to use the good cop, bad cop routine with suspects to try and get them to confess. Not anymore. There are no good cops left, and the bad cops have forgotten what the good cop was so they can’t even pretend to be the good cop anymore.

At October 1, 2010 at 2:59 PM , Blogger Doreen said...

My dad taught me that cops were the good guys, the ones you go to when you are in trouble or need help, and they will always help. I teach my kids not to trust a cop, to be excessively careful when you are around them, and to try to never be in a situation alone with a cop. I think most cops are good, but those few bad apples are badder and badder, and less and less the minority. What a difference a generation makes.

At October 1, 2010 at 3:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will follow the example of my fellow bloggers and post this as anonymous. I think the time has come to seriously question the management of the Framingham Police Force. Bullying the town into Quinn funding to pay for cops like this to go to basket weaving classes, and then protecting the bad cops, is not exactly a study in good management. Did the Chief pass his Quinn funded management classes?

At October 3, 2010 at 2:39 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

And now we read that the officer in question passed a polygraph test. If indeed he did, why would Leone's office even bother to indite? The video made at the scene by security camera's must have been the clincher.

Innocent until proven guilty is one our sacred constitutional rights and as we have witnessed, more times than not, law enforcement, politicians, business leaders, etc, have all claimed innocents, but when the smoke clears, their claims have been proven false by our legal system.


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