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Rut Roh! Has it even been a year since they sh*t-canned another cop when he got arrested in Milford for disorderly?....

Town officials tight-lipped over cop firing
By Sean Murphy / Daily News Staff
Thursday, March 31, 2005

WESTWOOD -- Town officials are tight-lipped about the firing of a police officer, which was confirmed late yesterday afternoon.

The town's only comment has come from Town Administrator Mike Jaillet, who, when asked if a police officer had been fired, said, "there's been an individual relieved of his duty," and confirmed that person is a police officer.

Jaillet insisted that further inquiries from the press be written, and received a written request within 15 minutes asking the officer's name, exactly when he was fired, and for what reason. Later, at 4:30 p.m. yesterday, Jaillet said, "(I) can't respond to that kind of request until I've got clearance from (town) counsel."

Police Chief Bill Chase referred all inquiries to Jaillet, saying he'd prefer statements come "from one source, and not piecemeal."

Selectmen Chairman Nancy Hyde said she was "not available for comment on that."

Selectmen Anthony Antonellis and Pat Ahearn could not be reached for comment.
 

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Reasons for officer's firing unspecified
By Sean Murphy/ Staff Writer
Thursday, April 21, 2005

Town officials have revealed some of the reasons why they fired a police officer last month, but they still refuse to give his name.

The Board of Selectmen voted on March 28 in executive session to fire the officer, a man, but have said little to nothing more about him or why he was fired until they released a statement yesterday.

The statement offers no details, but does indicate the board believes the officer engaged in poor conduct and improperly handled evidence and/or contraband, among other transgressions.

The statement does not indicate what led the board to investigate the officer, but says a probe led to a hearing with a retired superior court judge serving as a "hearing officer." The release does not name the judge, nor does it indicate when the investigation began or ended.

"After a three-day hearing, a report was issued by the hearing officer to the Board of Selectmen which addressed seven separate incidents," the statement reads. "It was found that there was credible evidence that the (police) officer did commit wrongdoing in six of the incidents."

The statement goes on to cite "rules and regulations" that the officer allegedly violated, including "truthfulness." Among the nine different allegedly violated rules, the list also accuses the officer of "falsifying records," engaging in conduct unbecoming of an officer, and neglecting his duty.

The statement also says he violated rules related to "authorized equipment" and "evidence/suspected contraband." The statement lists only the rules the board believes the officer violated. It does not indicate when or how the officer allegedly broke these rules.

The board chose to fire the officer after reviewing the hearing officer's report, according to the statement. There is no indication whether the officer has been criminally charged.

The statement does not name the officer, saying instead, "Because this matter is the subject of potential litigation, the town continues to believe it is best to withhold the former officer's name."
Selectmen Chairman Nancy Hyde declined to reveal the officer's name or to elaborate, except to say that there are no criminal charges against the officer.

Police Chief William Chase, Town Administrator Mike Jaillet, and the other two selectmen, Anthony Antonellis and Pat Ahearn, were unavailable for comment yesterday.
Sean Murphy can be reached at 781-433-8337 or by e-mail at [email protected].
 

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See yesterdays Boston Herald for full article:

According to the report, [Kevin J. McCarthy] took OxyContin from an elderly person's home during a medical call, and when questioned claimed he took it as a joke, intending to plant it on a firefighter. In another case, a woman claimed McCarthy stopped her son for a minor moving violation, but offered to let him off in exchange for drugs.

The investigation was done by a retired Superior Court Judge and was 12 pages long.
 

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Wow J809,

Isn't it hard to wipe off the blood & snots off of your boots each & every time you kick a fellow officer in the face while he is down? It's easy to preach from an almighty pulpit & lofty position you have obtained.

Just remember, what goes around, comes around. Not preaching here. Just telling the truth as I have seen numerous times in the past. 'Nuff said. HC
 

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Amen Housing. I know the officer involved and can't believe the alleged allegations against him. If they are true than same on him. But too all out there lets not judge him untill all the facts are out.
 

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Chief Chase is a good guy and he does not and would not fire anyone unless he has all his facts straight. I heard about this guy and yes, all the surrounding towns know about him too and he did ALLEGEDLY took drugs and stole drugs. HC, you crucified the trooper that held up that CVS for oxy but now you are defending this guy. Why should he get a break for this,sorry, been caught,he should take his punishment,get some help and move on. He cannot perform the job right and should have come up to the Chief before he got in trouble, tell him he had a problem and get help, not show up to work chasing the dragon and looking for a quick score to get his next high. There are over a hundred people ready to take any police position at anytime,so replacements with good people is not hard. My :2c:
 

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popo,

I wasn't trying to come across against the Chief. I know he is a Great guy and would not do anything to try and sc*** a guy's job. I Just didn't like the assumption from some people posting replys that this officer was a dirt bag because he never seemed that way to me when I interacted with him.
 

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popo,

I never crucified the trooper who robbed the CVS of oxy's. I only pointed out this fact to certain members of this board who think that people on their job and themselves walk on water.

I know full well the pull and lure of addictions to certain narcotics on people young and old alike. Nothing like getting that call and finding some 17 year old kid you have known for 8 years, dead with a needle stuck in his arm. Or a fellow cops brother who you tried to keep clean and given a shake to several times, DOA at a hospital.

luap112,

I also know the Westwood cop in question from his old days on his campus department. I have seen him occasionally since then but have heard that he'd been going through a rough patch in his personal life recently. He was a squared away guy who at least deserves a second chance if he can overcome what ails him. Doubtful it will happen now, but I have seen worse people get to put a badge back on after doing a hell of alot worse stuff.

I just don't like some on here being Ponsious Pilot and washing their hands as if nothing ever happened to them in the past.
 

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Westwood officials ID fired officer
By Sean Murphy / Daily News Staff
Friday, April 22, 2005

WESTWOOD -- Town officials have identified the police officer they fired last month as Kevin J. McCarthy and released a report painting the veteran officer as a man who stole drugs, threatened people, illegally searched vehicles and homes and offered favors to witnesses in exchange for narcotics.

McCarthy was fired on March 28 during a closed session of the Board of Selectmen. There is no record of criminal charges being filed. Town officials released the 12-page report yesterday, but would not comment on its contents.

The report is the product of an investigation commissioned by the town in January and conducted by retired Superior Court Judge John J. O'Brien, through Commonwealth Mediation and Conciliation Inc. of Brockton, a private mediation and arbitration group.

O'Brien's report summarizes seven separate allegations of misconduct by McCarthy between September 2003 and August 2004.

According to the report, O'Brien found sufficient evidence in six of those seven cases to determine McCarthy violated Police Department policy.

Those six cases, according to the report, are backed in large part by unnamed witnesses who came forward to complain, "credible evidence," and "reasonable inferences to be drawn."

The report describes a police officer who, among other things, threatened to hurt one person, lied his way into another person's home, and tried to steal a full bottle of prescription painkillers right under the nose of firefighters.

Recent attempts to reach McCarthy have been unsuccessful. The only listed telephone number found for him is out of service. Town clerks cannot confirm his current address, saying police officers are exempt from public records laws mandating registered voters' addresses be listed.

No one came to the door of a home at a past listed address for McCarthy.

According to the report:

On Dec. 4, 2003, McCarthy was dispatched to a unit in the Fox Hill Village Elderly Housing Complex to assist firefighters and EMTs on a medical call.

Westwood firefighters collected a number of medications the patient was on and left them on the patient's bed."After the evaluation, the firefighters looked for this medication in order to have it sent to the hospital with the patient. The medication was no longer on the bed," the report read.

O'Brien's report alleged that firefighters found the stapled bag of medication had been torn open, and a full bottle of the prescription painkiller OxyContin had been taken.

The report's account continued: "After inquiry Officer McCarthy produced the bottle and its contents and stated it was his intent to make a joke and plant the drugs on a firefighter. Officer McCarthy stated you can get $80 per pill for these."

"His conduct was totally inappropriate in taking a patient's medication, a narcotic, even if you accept his explanation that he was going to play a practical joke," the judge wrote.

In another instance, the mother of a 20-year-old man complained to police that McCarthy stopped her son for a minor motor vehicle violation in December 2003. The report accused McCarthy of demanding to search the boy's vehicle for narcotics, promising the boy "amnesty" if McCarthy found, and was allowed to confiscate the drugs.

There is no indication in the report whether McCarthy found drugs in that incident, and O'Brien stated that McCarthy never logged the vehicle stop with the department. Still, O'Brien ruled there was "a fair weight" of evidence McCarthy violated Police Department regulations.

The report also alleges McCarthy lied his way into a home and illegally searched it on Jan. 16, 2004. McCarthy told the homeowner that cars parked outside were blocking traffic, but "he did not report this 'Public Safety Hazard' or his remedial action to the police dispatcher."

Once inside the house, O'Brien wrote, McCarthy used a portable breath testing unit, which was not issued by the department, to conduct a breath test of some kind on the homeowner.

According to O'Brien, McCarthy then said "it came out positive and he now had the right to search the house."

The report does not show McCarthy took anything from the house, but he did search it, told the homeowners he had to leave, and told them they "were lucky" he had to go.

The testing unit was an unauthorized piece of equipment, and that the search was illegal, O'Brien said.

The report also accuses McCarthy of stopping a car on May 31 and threatening to hurt the 19-year-old man who was driving and a teenage girl passenger. The driver later told O'Brien McCarthy approached his car at the Shell station on Providence Highway at 2 p.m. to point out an expired inspection sticker, and said he smelled marijuana.

Again, McCarthy searched the car, promising "amnesty" to the driver if he found and was allowed to keep any drugs. McCarthy found a baggie with three grams of marijuana in it, and a prescription bottle with one tablet of Ecstasy in the girl's purse.

"(The driver) complained that his rights were being violated, McCarthy told him he had a bad attitude and tapped him on the chest with his flashlight. McCarthy told (the driver) that if he kept eye-f----- him we'd go for a ride to the hospital," O'Brien wrote.

McCarthy was also accused of another illegal search, of a room at a ho June 28, 2004. McCarthy was at the house earlier in the day to assist emergency workers in taking someone to the hospital. The report accused McCarthy of going back to the house and searching one room while someone was in the home waiting in the hallway outside.

The report doesn't indicate exactly what McCarthy was looking for, or if he took anything, but it shows McCarthy walked in the front door without knocking or waiting to be let in.

O'Brien also determined that McCarthy stole evidence during a vehicle stop on Aug. 3, 2004, and did nothing about a driver's expired registration, license and insurance. McCarthy pulled a man over on Providence Highway outside the Shell gas station.

During the stop, McCarthy confiscated a small baggie with marijuana in it, along with a marijuana pipe, and an "8-12 inch long stick similar to a sawed-off police night stick," the report indicated.

Despite the expired driving information, O'Brien wrote, "(McCarthy then let (the driver) go, saying he was to consider it a belated birthday present from the Westwood Police. The vehicle stop was not called in nor were the drugs turned over at the station."

The final allegation was that McCarthy took evidence, in this case some brass knuckles and a small amount of marijuana, from an evidence locker at the police station on June 1, 2004, and put them in his cruiser.

All O'Brien's report indicates, however, is that the evidence was taken, and somehow ended up in McCarthy's cruiser. O'Brien said, "Although the evidence creates substantial suspicions it falls into the category of speculation, conjecture, and surmise."

In closing, O'Brien backed investigations by the town into McCarthy's alleged actions.

"After reviewing 779 pages of transcript, I find the investigation of these incidents by the Westwood Police Department was fair, professional, ethical, and performed in a highly efficient manner having due regard to the rights of Officer McCarthy and the Police Department's responsibility to the citizens of Westwood," O'Brien wrote.

The following is a brief summation of each of the seven allegations against Officer Kevin J. McCarthy, as reported by retired Superior Court Judge John J. O'Brien in a hearing officer's report.

In all but the last case, O'Brien indicated he believed McCarthy violated Police Department policy based on the evidence. In each case, O'Brien's report indicates McCarthy appeared to be on duty when the alleged incidents took place. All incidents are quoted from O'Brien's report, and most are backed by testimony from witnesses and victims of McCarthy's alleged actions:

Dec. 4, 2003: McCarthy was sent to a home in town to assist with a medical call. He was accused of being caught stealing the patient's bottle of Oxycontin, later admitting "it was his intent to make a joke and plant the drugs on a firefighter."

December 2003, exact date unknown: McCarthy stopped a 20-year-old man for a motor vehicle violation. The witness said McCarthy insisted on searching the vehicle for drugs, even though he had no probable cause. The witness said McCarthy offered him "amnesty" if the witness turned drugs over to McCarthy. O'Brien's report said McCarthy never reported the vehicle stop to police.

Jan. 16, 2004: McCarthy stopped at a home to inform the people there that their cars had to be moved because they were blocking traffic. The homeowner told police McCarthy used an unauthorized, personal breath testing machine to ask the homeowner for a breath test, which McCarthy said the homeowner failed. The homeowner then said McCarthy searched the house, using the breath test as probable cause.

May 31, 2004: McCarthy stopped two teens in town on a vehicle infraction, and claimed to smell marijuana. McCarthy searched the vehicle and seized three grams of marijuana and a tablet of ecstacy. The driver said when he protested, McCarthy used obscene language and threatened to put him in the hospital.

June 28, 2004: McCarthy went back to a house he had been at earlier in the day to assist with a medical call. O'Brien's report accused him of illegally searching a room of the house.

Aug. 3, 2004: McCarthy is accused of stopping a vehicle for expired license and registration. McCarthy seized some marijuana and a pipe, along with a small club. O'Brien's report said McCarthy never turned this evidence in, and McCarthy claimed to have "destroyed it in the street." The report said McCarthy let the driver drive away.

June 1, 2004: McCarthy is accused of stealing a pair of brass knuckles and some marijuana from an evidence locker at the station. McCarthy claimed he found the evidence in his cruiser, and did not indicate how it got there. O'Brien stated he did not find enough evidence to prove McCarthy did anything wrong, and did not judge McCarthy in violation of department policy.

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( Sean Murphy can be reached at 781-433-8337, or by e-mail at [email protected]. )

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there are a lot of allegations against the cop. One of these allegations has to be true and I am glad they fired him. He has no right to wear the badge, and should never be allowed to.
 
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