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By Jennifer Lade
Standard-Times staff writer
September 10, 2008 6:00 AM

WAREHAM - A lifelong Onset resident has accused a police officer of racial profiling and excessive force after he was arrested Saturday on what he called a trumped-up traffic charge.
Paul Andrade approached selectmen at their meeting Tuesday to air his grievances against a Wareham police officer who he said used an entire can of Mace on his face after he questioned why the officer had pulled him over.
"I wanted to know why he was stopping me," Mr. Andrade said.
The accused officer could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. The Standard-Times is withholding his name until he has a chance to respond.
Mr. Andrade said he was driving his car with his brother on Onset Avenue Saturday morning when the officer, in a patrol car, pulled over to let him pass, then followed him. The exact time of the incident was not known. Expecting to be pulled over, Mr. Andrade said he took a left-hand turn into a parking lot and got out of the car.
At that point, he said, the officer pulled up in his patrol car, lights flashing, and told Mr. Andrade to get back into his car. An argument ensued, Mr. Andrade said, after Mr. Andrade repeatedly asked why he had been pulled over.
Mr. Andrade said he did not threaten the officer but was sprayed in the face with Mace anyway. He was arrested and faces multiple charges, from failing to use a turn signal to threatening to commit murder, he said.
Mr. Andrade said his face was swollen for four hours from the Mace, and he produced photographic proof for selectmen. He said the officer would not allow Mr. Andrade's brother to drive the car home but instead had the car towed. Mr. Andrade's two dogs, which were in the car, were brought to a Dartmouth animal shelter. Getting his car and dogs back cost him $220, he said.
He acknowledged that, in the past, he has been in trouble with the law, but said that should not make him a target for police officers. As a black man, he said, the incident was a result of racial profiling.
"I've got a checkered past, I know that," he said. "But I still don't see why he pulled me over at all."
Selectmen urged Mr. Andrade to file a complaint with the Police Department, and Selectman Bruce Sauvageau had some strong words of his own concerning the officer, calling him a "disgrace" to the Police Department.
"To discharge an entire can (of Mace) into your face tells me that not only does he not have the proper training and the proper attitude, but he's a gutless coward."
Another citizen approached the board, asking whether Police Chief Thomas Joyce would be held accountable for any of the complaints voiced recently. Earlier this summer, residents filed a complaint that excessive force was used in the arrest of a 15-year-old girl. When an internal investigation turned up nothing, selectmen voted to refer the matter to an outside agency.
The status of any investigations cannot be released publicly, selectmen said.
"The board is looking into things and there are other agencies that are involved," selectmen Chairman Jim Potter said. "There are ongoing investigations."

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080910/NEWS/809100326
 
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Selectman Sauvageau takes the word of a man with a self described "checkered past" and calls the officer a disgrace and a gutless coward before an investigation. Must be a great town to work in. On it's face the facts in the paper don't sound logical, unless there is some history between the officer and complaintaint.
 

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I'd say that Selectman Sauvageau should engage brain before putting his mouth in drive, especially before an investigation is done. As a public figure, that's just a given. Perhaps his douchery overides that though.

EDIT: Doing a search of this fat bag's name turns up stuff on YouTube that proves this guy is a pugilistic prick. Fuck off Bruce, you are the disgrace for sure.
 

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As a cop I am outrage at what the selectman said. As a resident of Wareham i feel there is a underline issue that the town and the police department need to take a look at with a little more training. just my two cents for what it worth.....and yes i know what im talking about first hand.
 

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I just sent this letter to the Standard Times. I'll hold off on e-mailing that gutter snipe until I've seen if my letter gets published.

To Whom It May Concern,

I just read the article in the Standard-Times concerning the accusation of "racial profiling" by a Wareham Police Officer and I am outraged by the inflamatory remarks made by Selectman Bruce Sauvageau. This person is a disgrace to town politics, ANY town. And let's look at all the facts, something this person obviously refused to do. Mr. Andrade pulled into the parking lot "Expecting to be pulled over..." So, in fact he was NOT pulled over at that time yet saw the need to jump from his car and start yelling at the officer and questioning why he was pulled over. Who actually instigated this incident? Well, it seems Mr. Sauvageau already knows the answer to this before any investigation has been allowed to be conducted.
If this officer was out of line and did something wrong, no doubt this will come to light through the propper channels, but let's wait and see the outcome before jumping to conclusions.
Shame on you Mr. Sauvageau for whatever hidden agenda you must have to automatically take sides against the police BEFORE hearing both sides. You sir, are the disgrace and I find myself very grateful not to live in a town that would elect a person such as you.


I purposely refused to refer to that stinkwad as a man. He's not a man, he's a snivelling scumlicker. Just my opinion. I hope to hell that the Wareham officer sues the living shit out of him for slander.
 
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Here is what I sent;

Mr. Sauvageau,

I am writing to you concerning your outrageous and inflammatory comments which appeared in the following news story;

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080910/NEWS/809100326

While you surely must have heard the saying "There's two sides to every story", you certainly don't practice it, as there are always two, usually much different sides to a story when someone with a self-described "checkered past" has an encounter with the police.

Instead of waiting for an investigation of the charges against the officer to come to a conclusion, you irresponsibly took as gospel the word of someone who has made wild, unsubstantiated claims against a police officer employed by the town you allegedly represent.

Your description of this officer as a "disgrace" and a "gutless coward" is so over-the-top, it almost defies belief. How do you know for a fact the officer deployed an entire can of Mace? Because Mr. Andrade said so?

Let me assure you, Mr. Sauvageau, the prisons and houses of correction in Massachusetts are filled to the brim with people who "didn't do anything"....just ask them.

When the full facts of this incident come to light, I'll wager the incident played itself out in a radically different way than described by Mr. Andrade. Will you then apologize to this police officer as well as the entire Wareham Police Department for smearing their names in the newspaper?

As it stands now I submit that you, sir, are the real disgrace to the Town of Wareham.
 

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Bravo Delta.

I got a call from the Standard Times. I think I'm going to be published.
 

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I don't know about you guys but I'm sick and tired of watching officers getting pushed around by people in power who have a personal hatred of officers. It is obvious that the end of details is a direct result of this mentality. If I was this officer In would slap an injunction on this A-Hole, and file a slander suit for having his reputation damaged in front of the whole community. Maybe these bullies will then think twice before opening their pie holes. How many times are we going to get pushed before we start pushing back??

PS I sent him long detailed and nasty..I'll leave it at that...
 

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Sauvageau and accused officer have history, selectman says

By Jennifer Lade
Standard-Times staff writer
September 11, 2008 6:00 AM

WAREHAM - The officer accused Tuesday night of using excessive force and racial profiling and Selectman Bruce Sauvageau, who openly criticized him, have been at odds in the past, Mr. Sauvageau acknowledged Wednesday.
A 2006 traffic stop that was eventually thrown out of court was cause for conflict between Mr. Sauvageau and Officer Charles Pillsbury, who is now accused of showing an unnecessary amount of force when arresting Paul Andrade, a black man from Onset.
Mr. Andrade approached the board Tuesday night, alleging he had been unfairly pulled over Saturday morning and that Officer Pillsbury sprayed an excessive amount of pepper spray in his face when arresting him.
Mr. Sauvageau called Officer Pillsbury "a disgrace to the Wareham Police Department" and "a gutless coward" for using Mace, later identified as pepper spray, on Mr. Andrade. He went on to suggest the incident was racially motivated.
"I notice you're a black man. That was your first mistake," he said to Mr. Andrade on Tuesday.
When asked Wednesday why he would make such claims without hearing Officer Pillsbury's side of the story, Mr. Sauvageau said he was familiar with the officer and his methods.
"I'm familiar with Officer Pillsbury's habit and practice of pulling people over, and I know from personal experience," he said.
The Standard-Times called Mary Jane Pillsbury's home to try to reach her son, Officer Pillsbury. The person answering the phone said he would pass along the message, but Officer Pillsbury did not return the call. Public information officer Lt. Irving Wallace declined comment Wednesday. A call to Chief Thomas Joyce was not returned Wednesday.
In March of 2006, Officer Pillsbury pulled over Mr. Sauvageau's wife, Rose, and towed her car for allegedly driving after her registration was revoked due to lack of insurance. Mr. Sauvageau said they had recently switched insurance companies, the car was properly insured and his wife had the paperwork to prove it. He said the case was later dismissed by the district attorney and the judge.
Mr. Sauvageau said the traffic stop was retaliation after he called for the resignation of Officer Pillsbury's mother from the Board of Selectmen due to a zoning concern. Mrs. Pillsbury was involved in a lawsuit with STF Enterprises Inc. of Brockton, which alleged that Mrs. Pillsbury and her husband, Charles, interfered with the company's proposal to build a self-storage facility, which would have been in competition with a storage business owned by the couple.
Mr. Sauvageau added that the incident with Mr. Andrade was likely racially motivated, as Officer Pillsbury noted that Mr. Andrade's complexion was "not available" on his police report of the incident.
"Why indicate a false statement on a police report? Why avoid the subject of his complexion? Why is his race not a reportable issue?" Mr. Sauvageau questioned.
"That is a false report. That is racial profiling," he said.
According to Officer Pillsbury's police report, at approximately 12:05 p.m. Saturday, Officer Pillsbury was traveling behind Mr. Andrade's car on Depot Street when the car failed to signal as it turned into a package store parking lot. He said he turned on his cruiser's blue lights and Mr. Andrade exited his vehicle and was walking toward the cruiser. At that point, Officer Pillsbury told Mr. Andrade to get back into his car and produce his license and registration, but Mr. Andrade refused, shouting obscenities and repeatedly asking why he was being pulled over.
After warnings that he would be arrested if he did not comply, Officer Pillsbury said he grabbed Mr. Andrade's left wrist and called for backup. As Mr. Andrade tried to get away, Officer Pillsbury said he sprayed a one-second burst of OC spray, or pepper spray, at Mr. Andrade. He was handcuffed and placed in the police cruiser.
Officer Pillsbury's report also said Mr. Andrade threatened him and his family during the ride to the station.
According to court documents, Mr. Andrade was arraigned and charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest, refusing to produce a license and registration, failing to signal and two counts of threatening to commit a crime - murder and bodily harm. He will appear in court for a pre-trial hearing Sept. 19.
Mr. Andrade told selectmen Tuesday he just wanted to know why he was pulled over. He alleged that Officer Pillsbury pulled over to let him pass and was purposely targeting him. He added that more than one second of pepper spray was used.
In addition, he said, his car was towed from the scene and his two dogs that were in the car were taken to a Dartmouth animal shelter, even though his brother, also in the car, offered to drive the car home. He said getting his car and dogs back cost him $220, and his license and registration still have not been returned.
Mr. Andrade questioned whether the traffic stop was racially motivated. He admitted he has been in trouble with the police before, but claimed he has not had an incident in recent years.
"I've got a checkered past, I know that," he said. "But I still don't see why he pulled me over at all."
He said he has not yet filed a complaint with the Police Department as is awaiting advice from his lawyer.
Mr. Sauvageau said this and other recent incidents are caused by nepotism, poor management and overreaction by untrained officers.
"I believe that management, meaning the chief, is directly responsible for what I would characterize as excessive responses," he said.
Earlier this summer, residents filed a complaint that excessive force was used in the arrest of a 15-year-old girl. When an internal investigation turned up nothing, selectmen voted to refer the matter to an outside agency.
In addition, Mr. Sauvageau said the Department of Justice is conducting an investigation into allegations of racial profiling.
"I am not saying arrests should not happen," he said. "I'm saying how you treat someone in the course of an arrest is the different between civil rights and civil disobedience by our own police."

Contact Jennifer Lade at [email protected]

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080911/NEWS/809110335
 

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I don't remember writing in any of my reports whether someone I arrest is black or white or otherwise. That's what the booking form is for. Sauvageau must think he's King Shit of Turd Mountain. Now we know the REAL reason behind his outrageous statements.
 

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So if there is a box for complexion on a WPD report I'd bet a dollar that the cop filled it in with N/A- which anyone (except a selectman, apprently) knows means "Not Applicable", not "Not Available".
If you google the selectman by name you find about three pages worth of stuff involving him- arguing with other town boards, residents, etc. Sometimes the "problem" lies at ones own feet, not others.
 

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So, we've got a crank turned douche and a person with a "checkered past" (wouldn't it be nice to see just HOW checkered) on one side and a police officer and his family on the other and the poor citizens of Wareham stuck in between. Well, they voted this clown into office. Pretty sad situation.

Say, wouldn't someone with a "checkered past" know enough to stay in the car from past experience? Common sense, if you've been in trouble before, you know how to avoid making that trouble worse, unless you're a complete idiot of course.

"Geez, I just cut my hand really bad. I better rub some salt in it so it won't hurt more. It didn't work before, but THIS time....." Definition of an Idiot.
 

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"I'm familiar with Officer Pillsbury's habit and practice of pulling people over, and I know from personal experience," he said.

Oh, crap...I just realized I'm also in the habit of pulling people over. I don't know where I picked up that habit, but until I read this quote from the good selectman, I wasn't aware it was a bad one. I think maybe a better word than 'habit' would have been 'fulfilling the requirements of his job description', but maybe that's why I'm not a selectman.
 

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Yesterday the Chief in Wareham released a statement supporting his guy. There's a story in the Standard Times, if Harry or someone can link/post it. Way beyond my internet abilities.
 

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Wareham chief responds to accusations of racism

By Jennifer Lade
Standard-Times staff writer
September 12, 2008 6:00 AM

WAREHAM - Pledging to support his officer and denying accusations of racism, Police Chief Thomas A. Joyce responded to allegations that Officer Charles Pillsbury acted wrongly in his arrest of Paul Andrade last weekend.
In a statement issued to the media, he said Officer Pillsbury is an "outstanding and hardworking" officer who was justified in arresting Mr. Andrade for not cooperating with the officer; race had nothing to do with the arrest.
"The officer stopped the car for a legitimate violation and never saw the driver or the passenger until after the stop occurred," he said in the statement.
Mr. Andrade told selectmen on Tuesday that he felt he had been targeted and treated with excessive force when he was pulled over for failing to use a turn signal.
Officer Pillsbury's report said that Mr. Andrade ignored directions to get back in his car and hand over his license and registration, and that he tried to pull away as the officer attempted to handcuff him, warranting the use of pepper spray.
Chief Joyce also took issue with comments made by Selectman Bruce Sauvageau about Officer Pillsbury.
At Tuesday's meeting, Mr. Sauvageau called the officer a "disgrace" and a "gutless coward." He said Wednesday the comments were based on a personal experience with Officer Pillsbury dating back to March 2006, when he pulled over Mr. Sauvageau's wife, Rose, and had her car towed for allegedly driving after her registration was revoked due to lack of insurance. Mr. Sauvageau said the car was properly insured and the case later was dismissed by the district attorney and the court.
He alleges that the traffic stop was retaliation after he called for the resignation of Officer Pillsbury's mother from the Board of Selectmen due to a lawsuit between her storage business and STF Enterprises Inc., which alleged that Mary Jane Pillsbury and her husband, Charles, interfered with the company's proposal to build a competing self-storage facility.
Chief Joyce said the conflict did not give Mr. Sauvageau license to defame Officer Pillsbury.
"It is highly inappropriate for individual selectmen to make defamatory comments towards an employee with whom they have had past personal issues, especially where they were based on mere hearsay," the chief said.
He could not be reached for additional comment Thursday to answer questions about ongoing investigations in his department. According to selectmen, the Department of Justice is looking into another allegation of racial profiling. Also, an external investigation is being conducted on a complaint that police used excessive force in the arrest of a 15-year-old girl in July. Because the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office is prosecuting the alleged victim for crimes related to the incident, the external investigation is being conducted by the Bristol County District Attorney's Office to avoid a conflict of interest, Plymouth District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Bridget Norton Middleton said.

Contact Jennifer Lade at [email protected]

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080912/NEWS/809120335
 
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