Boston releases Dennis White investigation report

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The city released the long-awaited independent report on Police Commissioner Dennis White.

Tamsin Kaplan, the lawyer the city hired in February to lead the report shortly after then-mayor Martin Walsh promoted White to the top post, details the internal affairs reports, the interviews and other documents she consulted on the allegations.

Acting Mayor Kim Janey received the report two weeks ago and is expected to make a decision on White’s future imminently.

The first allegation is one that has never been reported before. Kaplan wrote that in 1993, when White was in his early thirties, there was an “altercation” between White and a 19-year-old woman who lived in his house. The Ox started off with over $ 10 the woman owed him, and each then claimed the other was the abuser. The two filed assault charges and received protection orders from abuse against each other.

An internal affairs investigation did not confirm the allegations against White, concluding that White’s only physical force was a slap following the woman’s kick, according to Kaplan.

The woman also alleged during the investigation that White made a sexual advance towards her and threw her out of the house when she refused and told his wife. White, in an interview in April, told Kaplan he didn’t come on the woman, but doesn’t remember why he threw her out.

The second set of allegations dated back to 1998 and 1999, and were those initially reported by the Boston Globe that led to White’s suspension by Walsh. Four people told Kaplan that White physically and emotionally abused his ex-wife, who was another Boston cop, beating and stomping on her. Kaplan wrote that the wife had repeatedly reported abuse to the domestic violence unit, but no one in Internal Affairs had done anything until she obtained a restraining order against him.

White denied abusing his wife, but told Kaplan “yes, we pushed each other.” They divorced in 2001.

The wife told the Internal Affairs Division in 1999 that White told someone else he wanted to shoot his wife – with whom he was estranged – and a Boston cop he thought he saw. . Additionally, she said White told their daughter he was sleeping with a gun under her pillow, which the girl took as a threat. White said he didn’t mean he was actually planning on shooting the couple, and he said he just slept with the gun under his pillow because there was a “drug” in there. across the street and someone had slipped in when he got home.

Kaplan found an undated confidential IAD note, suggesting that the department “upheld” the complaint that White had exercised “unreasonable judgment” but, regarding the gun under the pillow commentary, which White appeared to be fair giving. to his daughter a precaution in good faith.

The department did, but in 2001 changed the designation from “supported” to “filed” with Superintendent Thomas Dowd saying the statement to a third party regarding the couple’s shooting was too subjective to merit the complaint being “supported. “. but is still questionable enough that it remains on file.

Kaplan wrote that she had attempted to speak to 21 people other than White, including 12 current and retired Boston cops. But only seven of the 21 gave him information.

According to the report, a retired BPD office told Kaplan that the former officer received at least five phone calls from people telling them not to speak to the investigator.

The report includes information about an exchange with White’s attorney Nicholas Carter, who wanted to see the report before it was released. Kaplan wrote that she told him that neither he nor anyone else would be allowed to see the report.

The report ends with an email from Carter with some comments from White in which the commissioner says transparency is important, and that’s why he agreed to release his IAD files and speak.

“I think it’s important to bring attention and support to agent mental health issues, whether caused by stress from a difficult job or relationship or whatever. the cause, “White wrote. “I have the maturity and the experience to make a difference in this important area that affects so many people, including BPD.”

Attorney Nick Carter, of the Todd & Weld firm who represents White, said in a press release: “Acting Mayor Janey has informed Commissioner White that she intends to fire him and promote Superintendent. Nora Baston as commissioner. Commissioner Dennis White does not oppose Nora Baston and praises her success.

But, adds Carter, “However, today’s decision is wrong. There is already a Boston Police Commissioner, Dennis White. Acting Mayor Janey does not have the authority to remove him. Any removal would require. a hearing and a case, and there is no reason to remove him. “

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