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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Wow this is a rare read indeed. Makes you wonder what were they thinking....

NEWTON — Five Newton police will be disciplined following an internal investigation into an off-duty egging of a superior officer’s home in Framingham.

Interim Police Chief Howard Mintz released a statement Friday morning saying the officers were involved in a Dec. 11 “incident, which rose to the level of conduct that was unbecoming of them.” Framingham police told the Newton TAB on Thursday, Jan 3 that several Newton officers were caught egging the home of a Newton police sergeant Dec. 11 at his Griffin Road residence.

Mintz wrote that the misconduct was counter to the department’s “rules, regulations and the highest standards that we expect from our personnel,” and resulted in an internal investigation.

“After obtaining the needed information,” Mintz wrote, “it was determined that the officers did act in opposition of our conduct standards.”

The names of the officers involved and the superior officer who was egged were not released and police declined to provide details about the extent of their discipline. Mintz said such personnel matters were confidential.

Lt. Bruce Apotheker said the five disciplined individuals were patrol officers.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:51 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, according to Framingham police, when officers responded to a report of two male “teenagers” throwing eggs at a Griffin Road residence. The caller said the pair drove off in a red car.

Framingham police stopped the car at 2 a.m. near the residence, and identified the occupants as two Newton police officers, according to Lt. Ron Brandolini, a Framingham police spokesman. The driver told police he was surprised they had been called, and said that the owner of the house knew it was them.

The driver admitted the pair had just egged the home but said, “It was a prank, a joke between friends.”

As Framingham police headed back to the residence to speak with the homeowner, a third Newton police officer walking along the street flagged down the Framingham officer. The Newton officer said he had been in the car with the other drivers, but denied any knowledge of the egging.

The Newton officer appeared intoxicated, according to the police report, and he was transported to his home in Natick.

Framingham police did not mention the two other officers disciplined by Newton police.

Framingham police didn’t identify any of the Newton Police officers involved.

Mayor Setti Warren expressed disappointment in the incident.

"The majority of the Newton Police do an outstanding job on a day-to-day basis," Warren said. "It's Important to recognize that the Chief has taken swift action against the employees involved. He is holding all of the officers to the level of professional behavior that we expect in Newton."

Apotheker said that in his 29 years with the Newton Police, he had never seen similar conduct from members of the department.
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    Well I guess that incident is so minor compared to what happened in our town, an officer stole 800 packs of heroin from the evidence room.He was rumored to be on the the force because grandpa was a mayor at one time & still holds a lot of weight in our town. He did not even get jail time, he had parties all the time at his house . The council is such a mess the President up & quit because she said in the paper she is not a part of the good old boys club.
    1951 days ago
    Makes you wonder. Maybe the whole picture will eventually come out.
    1959 days ago
    As a former sheriff's deputy, it saddens me to read of such unprofessional conduct by my fellow officers. If we want the public's trust, we must be held to higher standards than others. Childish behavior such as this gives all law enforcement officers a black eye and should never be tolerated. -- Lou
    1960 days ago
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