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Report: Massachusetts troopers who commit crime rarely fired

Oct. 18, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts trooper led fellow officers on a chase and had to be subdued, another took cash under the table for unauthorized police escorts for funeral processions and yet another partied in Las Vegas with people connected to organized crime. None of them were fired. The Boston Globe...

Cops quit after corruption probe in Detroit drug unit

Oct. 14, 2020 10:01 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — An investigation of corruption in a Detroit police drug unit has led to resignations, a firing and other discipline, officials said Wednesday. The internal investigation uncovered about 50 cases of officers lying in search warrant affidavits, cash stolen from drug raids and overtime fraud,...

Boston mayor backs creation of new police oversight office

Oct. 13, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston will create a new independent office to investigate police misconduct as part of a slate of reforms recommended by a task force, Mayor Marty Walsh said Tuesday. Walsh called the Boston Police Reform Task Force's recommendations “bold and comprehensive" and said he will use...

Sununu implements police accountability recommendations

Oct. 7, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire will overhaul its police training standards, require state troopers to wear body cameras and establish a public integrity unit within the Department of Justice under an executive order issued Wednesday by Gov. Chris Sununu. The 21-part order implements many of the...

Former Bridgeport Police Chief Armando J. Perez leaves Federal Court in Bridgeport after pleading guilty Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Two former officials of Connecticut's largest city pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from what prosecutors called a corrupt process that led to the police chief's appointment in 2018. (Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant via AP)

Police chief, city official plead guilty in hiring scam

Oct. 5, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two former officials of Connecticut's largest city pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges stemming from what prosecutors called a corrupt process that led to the police chief's appointment in 2018. Former Bridgeport Police Chief Armando “A.J.” Perez and the city's...

Officer accused of forcing sex act in car gets probation

Oct. 2, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A former Delaware police officer who was accused of forcing a woman to perform a sex act in his patrol car has been sentenced to a year of probation after being convicted of official misconduct. Thomas Oliver Jr. was sentenced on the misdemeanor charge Friday after being acquitted...

FILE - In this Monday, April 27, 2020 file photo, containers are moved in a container terminal in the Port of Antwerp. Judicial and law enforcement authorities in Belgium have dismantled an organized criminal network responsible for drugs trafficking involving corrupt police officers as they seized more than 2 million euros and some 3.5 tons of cocaine. (Johanna Geron, Pool Photo via AP, File)

Belgium busts big cocaine ring that relied on corrupt police

Oct. 1, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Authorities in Belgium and another three countries have dismantled a criminal drug trafficking network that allegedly relied on corrupt police officers to ship hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Western Europe, officials said Thursday. The investigation, which started...

Prosecutor issues list of 136 officers accused of misconduct

Sep. 26, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's top prosecutor on Friday released the names of more than 130 police officers who have been accused of discrimination, corruption or other misconduct that could undermine their credibility as court witnesses. In releasing the list, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 25, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT Lamont must attend to New London wind project before it falls apart The Day Sept. 23 This might happen elsewhere, we suppose, but it is hard to imagine another scenario in which a city looking at the $157...

Former upstate NY prosecutor cleared of perjury, misconduct

Sep. 25, 2020 8:12 AM EDT

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — A former prosecutor accused of withholding evidence from a grand jury that cleared a Troy police officer who fatally shot a man during a traffic stop has been acquitted of perjury and misconduct charges. Former Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove was acquitted by a state...