Most cases of police abuse are not reported in the newspaper. In addition to the killing of Victoria Snelgrove, the Snelgrove Report details some other unjustified assaults committed by police officers with the powerful ânon-lethalâ weapons they got to play with that night. Witnesses âwithout exceptionâ described Supt. OâToole as discharging his weapon from his hip area with no apparent target (page 15 on PDf format). On page 18 there is a nice story about an injured man directed by two Boston Police officers to an area where he could get medical attention. Unfortunately, this bleeding college kid met up with Officer Silta who
âdischarged one round striking him in the leg. Officer Silta stated that because Mr. Gately continued to advance, he then rapidly discharged multiple rounds, at close range, striking Mr. Gately as many as 12 times in the torso.â
Gately said he had his hands down and was asking for help. The report sites that his version is “supported by other witnesses”.
Another well publicized incident involves a Boston Police Officer firing his gun at a car (possibly stolen) fleeing away from the âsceneâ. The bullet struck and killed a teenage girl sitting in the back seat. There was no justifiable cause for the officer to shoot at this fleeing car.
These incidents were publicized and are no brainers as far as criminal charges go. At the very least Conley could have ordered a judicial inquest into killings. Instead he closed and continues to close his eyes allowing abusive and crooked cops to thrive. Think of the abusive and crooked cops that regular people in the neighborhoods see and are aware of. Nothing is being done about them so how can they trust the police.
It use to not be this way.
Remember this is a guy that wonât prosecute a hard core criminal who orders a hit, in writing, on one of his assistant district attorneys
Is there one answer to the Boston crime problem? No. But we can start by having people like Dan Conley DO THEIR JOB!