Saturday, April 11, 2015

When a Cop is Shot in Boston

The tone and tenor of the coverage (as well as amount of print) is much different than were it a civilian shot dead by cop (calling into question its validity):

"Moynihan helped save life of officer in Watertown shootout" by Jeremy C. Fox, Melissa Hanson and Evan Allen, Globe Correspondents and Globe Staff  March 27, 2015 

Wow, what timing!!!! 

A Boston police officer credited with helping to save a Transit officer wounded in the Watertown shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers was himself shot in the face Friday night in a Roxbury confrontation that left a suspect dead and a bystander injured.

Officer John Moynihan, 34, was in critical condition at Boston Medical Center late Friday after a gang unit stop turned violent, authorities said. The officer was “fighting for his life,” Commissioner William B. Evans said.

In April 2013, Moynihan was among those who assisted Transit police officer Richard H. Donohue Jr., who was shot and bleeding heavily amid a shootout with Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev days after the Marathon bombings, said Lieutenant Michael P. McCarthy of the Boston police.

Moynihan was later honored by President Obama with a Top Cop Award at the White House.

With all due respect, this seems too pat(h/t) in the timing!

Friday’s incident began at 6:40 p.m. when gang unit officers investigating a report of shots fired stopped a vehicle on Humboldt Avenue near Crawford Street to interview its three male occupants, authorities said Friday night.

The suspect stepped out and began to flee while firing his gun, said David Procopio, a spokesman for the State Police, which works alongside Boston police to address gang violence.

The suspect wounded Moynihan under the right eye, Evans said.

A law enforcement official also said the suspect, who was not identified, had several previous gun-related charges.

Evans said that the stop was initially routine and that the suspect had fired at police “before they had time to react,” but the officers quickly returned fire, killing the suspect.

Gunfire also struck “a middle-aged woman” who suffered a flesh wound, possibly in her right arm, Evans said.

“I think she got caught up in the crossfire,” he said.

Maybe that will convince me this is real.

Evans, who did not identify Moynihan as the officer involved, said he was a “highly decorated military veteran” and “one of our most outstanding officers in the Youth Violence Task Force,” commonly known as the gang unit.


A law enforcement official said that, in addition to helping to save Donohue, Moynihan was active at the Boston Marathon finish line in the aftermath of the bombings, helping to triage the wounded.

So he was part of the false flag crisis drill, huh? And now he has been shot by some gang member? Uh-huh.

The official said Moynihan is “the absolute best type of soldier and police officer” and is “selfless, courageous, and giving.”


Mass. soldier killed in Afghanistan recalled as ‘great kid’

Aren't they all, and I was told that war was over....

Roadside bomb kills 7 Afghans east of Kabul

Afghan bomber attacks US convoy

US soldier killed, two wounded in Kabul after embassy delegation visit

Northbridge mourns death of local soldier

Guess not.

At least we are back on the offensive with our best weapon, 'eh?

The officer’s family was with him at BMC, along with clergy, Evans said.

Three other police officers involved in the incident were taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for stress, according to Evans. Police were interviewing two other occupants of the car.

“You’ve got way too many guns out there and way too many young kids running around with the guns, and unfortunately this is what happens,” Evans said.

Except I have been told gun crime and killings are down in Boston thanks to the great police work, etc. WTF? I guess it is whatever lie will fit the agenda at a current point in time.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement that his thoughts and prayers were with the officer, his family and friends, and the Police Department.

“These acts of violence have no place in our neighborhoods,” Walsh said. “Our community is stronger than ever, and tonight we are thankful for all of those who put their lives on the line every day to protect our city.”

They do have a place in what the U.S. government brings to far-away lands with mineral resources or recalcitrant governments, though!

A Boston police officer was last shot on Dec. 7, 2013, according to Officer Stephen McNulty, a department spokesman. In that incident, alleged gang member Darryl Dookhran, 20, opened fire on two plainclothes officers near Geneva Avenue in Dorchester, wounding one of them in the arm, before the officers shot and killed Dookhran, police said at the time.

Well, from what I read he deserved to die and the cops did us all a favor.

Friday’s shooting took place just feet from the site where, in August 1988, 12-year-old Darlene Tiffany Moore was fatally struck by stray bullets fired by feuding drug dealers.

At the scene on Friday, crime tape blocked off two or three blocks in every direction, and police vehicles were scattered on the streets. A helicopter circled overhead, and one police officer could be seen walking away with small boxes labeled “evidence.”

A brief scuffle broke out at the scene about 9:30 p.m., when a group that appeared to be upset over the shooting began shouting and swearing at police. Shoving broke out as police moved the yellow tape back....

In Boston?


"Suspect fired at police with no warning; Shooter, who was killed, had record of gun crimes" by Evan Allen, Laura Crimaldi and Jeremy C. Fox, Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent  March 28, 2015

The Hyde Park man accused of shooting a Boston police officer in the face at point-blank range had a “violent criminal past,” authorities said Saturday, and court records showed he had recently completed probation for opening fire at officers during a 2001 struggle.

Police said officers fatally shot Angelo West, 41, Friday after he fired a .357 Magnum at Officer John Moynihan, striking the six-year veteran under the eye with a bullet that lodged behind his right ear, in what was called a “completely unprovoked attack.”

Police Commissioner William B. Evans said surveillance video showed West firing upon Moynihan after the officer approached the driver’s side of a silver Nissan Murano that they had pulled over.

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"Essentially, this is policy catching up to the reality that video is everywhere. The public will now demand that visual evidence be released as part of investigations, not at the conclusion of them. We will want to know — sooner, not later — what really went down. That will have a major effect on investigations, and maybe on day-to-day police conduct as well."

And thus you must believe very bit of official video presented to you by authority as God's gospel truth!

“You just clearly see the driver come out of that driver’s side and his hand’s going up as he comes out,” Evans said. “Point-blank he shoots the officer right in the face.”

Moynihan, a former Army Ranger who was honored for his bravery during the 2013 Watertown shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers, is in a medically induced coma and remains in critical condition at Boston Medical Center, Evans said. Doctors are worried about bleeding in and around his brain, he said. 


"Boston police Officer John T. Moynihan was recovering from successful surgery to remove a bullet from his neck Sunday, two days after a felon with a history of shooting at police fired point-blank at the officer’s face, police said. Moynihan was listed in stable and improving condition and expected to leave Boston Medical Center’s intensive care unit in the coming days, according to police. “God bless, I think he’s going to make a full recovery. It’s remarkable,” Police Commissioner William B. Evans told a crowd gathered at the University of Massachusetts Boston for an interfaith Passover seder."

Wow, that sure was a fast recovery and I'm going to passover that last bit of groveling today!

"The Boston Police gang unit officer shot in the face Friday in Roxbury, allegedly by a felon who was then shot to death by police, viewed surveillance video of the attack this week, according to a police official with knowledge of the investigation. Officer John Moynihan, 34, remains in the intensive care unit at Boston Medical Center, where his condition has been improving. The shooting came at a time of heightened scrutiny of police interactions with communities of color following the deaths last year of unarmed black men in confrontations with white officers in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y."

But this guy is a war hero, so....

West was pronounced dead Friday night at the intersection of Humboldt Avenue and Ruthven Street where the shooting occurred, police said.

The narrative seems to be he had it coming

What I'm wondering is how they found him.

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley promised a “completely thorough investigation,” and said his office will release a comprehensive account of the shootings.

“In the days and weeks to come, as we gather the evidence surrounding this incident, the public can count on a full and transparent account of the facts,” Conley said. “For now, we’re giving the investigators the tools and the time they need to do the job right.”

I'm so reassured considering the sources.

The shooting came at a time of heightened scrutiny of police interactions with minority communities in the wake of the deaths last year of unarmed black men in confrontations with white officers in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y.

Some anger generated by those shootings surfaced Friday night as spectators hurled insults at investigating officers on Humboldlt Avenue.

But the Rev. Mark Scott, associate pastor at Azusa Christian Community and a member of the Black Ministerial Alliance and Boston TenPoint Coalition, urged caution in rushing to blame police. He described the encounter between Moynihan and West as “nearly an assassination-style shooting.”

“We condemn the behavior of the man that was involved in the shooting,” Scott said. “There are rules that would prohibit you from popping out of a car and opening up fire on a police officer.”

Where are those other reverends, btw, because I haven't seen them in the Globe since.

Friday night was not the first time West confronted officers with a gun.

He was asking for it then.


Mourners gathered at a home in Roxbury where West was remembered as a barber and new father who spent a lot of time with his infant son.

“He was a good dude,” said Shawn Washington, who described himself as a friend of 31 years. “I woke up crying.” 

Oh, I can't believe this!

The confrontation that left West dead and Moynihan grievously wounded began around 6:40 p.m. Friday as officers of the Youth Violence Strike Force spread out in the Humboldt Avenue area to investigate reports of gunshots, Evans said.

Two police vehicles turned on their sirens and lights and pulled over the SUV that West was driving, Evans said. Two other men were in the vehicle with West, he said.

A total of six officers, including Moynihan, approached the SUV, Evans said. He described their approach as “low key,” and said none of the officers had their weapons drawn.

“The officer didn’t even have a chance to probably even say anything,” Evans said. “This kid was up in his face firing a gun.”

After Moynihan was shot, West started to run, turned around, and fired at officers, emptying his revolver, Evans said. Police returned fire, killing West. Witnesses reported hearing about 20 gunshots. Officials did not say how many officers fired their weapons.

“It’s a tough job and our officers did what they had to do,” said Evans, who offered his thoughts and prayers to West’s family. “None of our officers like to use their firearms. It’s probably the worst thing we have to do in our profession. But here clearly . . . unprovoked one our officers was shot point-blank in the face.”

Officers pulled the two other men in the SUV from the vehicle and put them on the ground at gunpoint, Conley said.

The men, Dennis Wilson, 26, and Jonathan Aguasvivas, 22, have not been charged in connection with the traffic stop and shootout, but were taken into custody, officials said.

Wilson was arrested for violating his probation, and Aguasvivas was arrested on a warrant for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, said Lieutenant Michael McCarthy, a police spokesman.

A woman who was riding in a vehicle on Humboldt Avenue was wounded in the arm in the crossfire, Evans said.

“She wasn’t even concerned about herself,” police Superintendent in Chief William Gross said after visiting the woman in the hospital. “She was worried about the officer.” I understand that.

After I awake screaming "Globe" at 4 a.m., my first thought is are the privileged elite in Bo$ton happy today. Then I go get my paper to tell me if they are.


"Video released of city officer being shot; Prosecutors’ decision hailed; police pledge transparency going forward" by Evan Allen and Jan Ransom, Globe Staff  April 10, 2015

Following high-profile police shootings across the country, Boston prosecutors on Friday released a graphic surveillance video of a felon who fired point-blank at a gang unit officer and of the shootout with police that left the suspect dead.

Now he's a felon. Not a human being, a felon.

It marked the first time local prosecutors had released a surveillance video of a police shooting before the investigation was completed, and prosecutors said going forward, they plan to release videos earlier in the process when possible. The decision was praised by local community leaders, who largely said the video showed the March 27 shooting appeared to be justified.

So get the cameras on the cops and away we go. I wonder who is getting the contracts to outfit them.

“In those instances in which video evidence can inform the public as to what happened and why, it is in everyone’s best interest to share that information as soon as possible in order to tamp down speculation and rumors meant to inflame and not to inform,” Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said at a press conference where officials walked through the video frame by frame. “Our goal going forward is to ensure that we are one people and one city.”

OMG, this very well could be created baloney!

The release of the video in Boston comes days after a private citizen’s video captured a South Carolina police officer shooting and killing a man. That release heightened the national discussion about the importance of video in the investigation of police-involved shootings....

I've seen enough, and my suspicions have been confirmed.



"The city’s communities of color, plagued by pockets of intense violence, have a complicated relationship with the police. On Friday, many there hailed the video’s release as a new dawn in police-community relations. They said it is a telling example of the dangers police encounter in safeguarding Boston’s streets. “This video does bring clarity to any rumors that were out there,’’ City Councilor Tito Jackson said."

Yeah, okay, but considering all the video evidence that was ignored in the Tsarnaev trial as well as videos the government claimed it had and didn't, well, okay. Sure smells like damage control to me.

Hope you had all your questions answered because -- once again -- the Boston response is going to serve as the model.

Any other shootings in Roxbury?

"Roxbury man arrested in fatal 2013 shooting" by Melissa Hanson, Globe Correspondent  February 21, 2015

Boston police arrested a Roxbury man Saturday morning on charges of shooting and killing a 22-year-old man in Copley Square in 2013, officials said.

Michael Jordan, 27, was indicted by a Suffolk County grand jury on Friday and charged with first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the slaying of Ahmir Lee, according to a joint statement from the Police Department and the office of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

“It’s hard to imagine a motive that would justify killing a man in the shadow of a church,” said Jake Wark, a spokesman for Conley.

Shortly after the shooting, the investigation focused on video surveillance footage, as well as reports of a person who was wearing a Hawaiian shirt as he fled the area on Boylston Street.

Wark said shootings that occur outside are statistically some of the hardest to solve.

“A gunman outdoors doesn’t leave fingerprints or DNA,” he said. 


Then Dzhokar should have been acquitted.


RelatedMan pleads not guilty in 2013 Copley Square killing

I guess he didn't get the message:

"The advertising giant Clear Channel Outdoor on Thursday took down the billboards it donated to a campaign against gun violence, arguing that its support had been “misconstrued as a political position” by gun-rights advocates who mounted an online protest against the advertisements. The billboards, which went up across the state this week, said, “We’re not anti-gun. We’re pro-life. Massachusetts Gun Laws Save Lives,” and featured a Bushmaster XM-15 assault rifle with a white surrender flag in the barrel. Initially a full-throated supporter, Clear Channel said that it did not intend to take sides on gun control."

I knew that was part of all this, as is thi$:

"Donors have poured more than $25,000 into an advertising campaign against gun violence, an organizer said Monday, four days after Clear Channel Outdoor yanked its donated billboard space amid a backlash from firearms-rights advocates. John Rosenthal, cofounder of Stop Handgun Violence, which organized the campaign, said he believed the attention generated by the controversy will help his group spread its message further. “I couldn’t have scripted this better,” Rosenthal said."

Rosenthal pushing gun control, huh? Tell the script (sigh) to Israel. 

Time to head back to the precinct:

"A Boston police officer has been indicted on charges including a civil rights violation for allegedly assaulting and hurling ethnic slurs at an Uber driver earlier this year, Suffolk prosecutors said. Michael Doherty, 40, of South Boston, faces two counts of assault and battery, as well as charges of assault and battery for purposes of intimidation, violation of constitutional rights, and use of a motor vehicle without authority, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in a statement. Doherty was indicted by a Suffolk County grand jury on Thursday. He also used ethnic slurs while verbally threatening a second driver who attempted to intervene, prosecutors said. “There’s no place in law enforcement for the behavior alleged in these indictments,” District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in a statement issued jointly with Boston police."

"Two Boston officers on leave after sexual harassment allegations" by Jeremy C. Fox, Globe Correspondent  March 19, 2015

Two veteran Boston police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave as the department investigates separate incidents, a spokesman said Thursday.

Captain Timothy J. Murray, 57, who is assigned to the police details section, was placed on leave Wednesday, and Lieutenant Stephen C. Cawley, 54, who is assigned to the force’s evidence unit, has been on leave since Monday, said Officer James Kenneally, a department spokesman.

Murray has been a Boston police officer since 1983 and Cawley since 1986, Kenneally said. He could not comment on the allegations or on the men’s disciplinary records.

A law enforcement official who was briefed on the allegations said Murray and Cawley are both accused of sexual harassment against female department employees. The official requested anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak on the matter.

No one answered a phone number listed for Murray on Thursday evening. A man who answered a number for Cawley told a reporter, “No comment. Don’t call back.”

Representatives and an attorney for the Boston Police Superior Officers Federation, of which Murray and Cawley are members, did not respond to voice messages and e-mail requests for comment late Thursday afternoon.

Murray led the department’s cold case squad in the 1990s and commanded the District B-3 station in Mattapan in the 2000s. In 2005, he received the George L. Hanna Medal of Honor, the state’s highest award for bravery by law enforcement officers, after he exposed himself to gunfire to protect a fellow officer responding to a Dorchester home invasion in 2004.

He is also one of the top earners among Boston employees, taking home $361,000 last year, according to the city’s payroll database. Mayor Martin J. Walsh was paid $165,000.

Cawley joined the department after serving four years in the Air Force and was promoted to sergeant in 1996. He was appointed to the department’s hostage negotiations team in 2000, according to a document from the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission.

Following a November 2000 internal affairs investigation, Cawley admitted that while on duty supervising a paid detail in September 2000, and on duty as a patrol supervisor the next month, he “left his assignment to engage in sexual conduct with a female,” according to the document.

Cawley then agreed to a 30-day suspension, with 10 days served and 20 suspended after he did not engage in further misconduct in the year following the settlement.

In 2008, the Civil Service Commission dismissed an appeal from Cawley after he was passed over for a promotion.

It found that the department had a “reasonable justification” — the incidents of sexual misconduct — for denying Cawley a promotion to the rank of lieutenant, and that “his behavior evidenced a total lack of judgment and inability to supervise.”


Time to go to court:

"A state court officer was arraigned Wednesday in Lawrence District Court on a charge that he attempted to intimidate a witness who was going to testify against him in a rape case, prosecutors said. Jose F. Martinez, 46, who was assigned to the Lawrence court, also allegedly attempted to destroy evidence in the case against him for raping a woman while she was shackled on three occasions, the Essex district attorney’s office said." 

Good guy, though.

"Walsh to revise police board; Says citizen oversight body has little impact" by Jan Ransom, Globe Staff  April 06, 2015

What's the need? From what I read in the Globe they are AmeriKa's finest.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh is vowing to overhaul the Boston Police Department’s citizen oversight panel in the aftermath of high-profile police shootings in Ferguson, Mo., Cleveland, and New York City, and amid continuing concern about the board’s effectiveness.

Those were there, not here.

The panel, which Walsh’s predecessor established in 2007, has failed to have much of an impact, according to even some of its original members, because of the limited power it was granted and its lack of independence from the Police Department. Now, Walsh said, everything is on the table.

You are soiling the memory of Menino, now knock it off.

“It’ll be a different board,” said Walsh, who recently appointed two new members to the three-member panel, officially known as the Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel, or CO-OP. “You can’t have a board that doesn’t have a function. It doesn’t help the city and it doesn’t help the Police Department. People need to know there is a place they can go.”

One of those appointees, J. Larry Mayes, a longtime member of the Menino administration, said he would also like city and police officials to create a complaint mediation program, which was called for under the executive order that established the panel but was never officially set up. That program is designed to quickly address certain citizen complaints, such as those related to discourteous treatment.

“The CO-OP has struggled to be a full functioning panel [with] the necessary tools and structure it needs to be sustainable,” said Mayes, who is also the vice president of programs for Catholic Charities.

As originally established by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the board was supposed to build trust and confidence in the Boston Police Department and enhance police-community relations.



Police Commissioner William B. Evans said he, too, was open to suggestions for improving the board. “We’re all under the gun to be transparent,” said Evans....

Some more than others.

For years, Menino held off creating a review board, pointing to union opposition, lawsuits, and excessive oversight of the police, despite demands by activists who called for boards similar to those in other cities that monitor their police departments.

He was protecting them. de Blasio found out what happens to mayors that don't.

His position changed following the 2004 death of Emerson College student Victoria Snelgrove who was killed on Oct. 21 by an officer who fired a pepper-pellet gun into a crowd celebrating the Red Sox win over the New York Yankees, a game that sent them to the World Series. 

I also remember the night the Celtics won the championship, but he was a white man.

Advocacy groups and the police department joined together to commission a report done by Northeastern University’s Institute on Race and Justice in 2005 to examine which type of oversight board might work best for Boston. But the CO-OP was not what community leaders envisioned.

“We’re disappointed,” said Jorge Martinez, executive director of Project RIGHT, a Grove Hall antiviolence organization. “We expected much more than what was done.”

Local activists were not the only ones feeling frustrated.

One of the three original CO-OP board members, Ruth Atkins-Suber, said it was difficult for the group to do its job without having the power to subpoena and conduct its own investigations.

“We didn’t have the freedom to run a successful review board,” said Atkins-Suber....

I think that was the whole point, to stop the complaining, get you off the cops' back, and letting you feel like the wheels were turning while keeping you busy. They do it all the time.


Chicago and Denver are apparently the models, and that seems hard to believe (btw, run-off was rigged).

Looks like a lot of people are leaving town

Maybe he left a Dear John after the ‘bad day’ in Bourne.


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