Two honored at B-3 police meeting

By 
Alex Owens Special to the Reporter
Oct. 21, 2010

Mattapan heroes honored: Councillor Charles Yancey, center, with Shaniqua Johnson and Saquawna AndersonMattapan heroes honored: Councillor Charles Yancey, center, with Shaniqua Johnson and Saquawna AndersonBoston Police from District B-3 held a monthly community meeting on Tuesday at the Mattapan Library with a packed crowd of more than 70 people on hand. This was the first regular B-3 meeting since the Sept. 29 shooting on Woolson Street that took the lives of three adults and a toddler, and residents were eager to receive updates about crime in the community. They were joined by Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley, who answered limited questions about the murder investigation.
The police department also presented awards recognizing residents for their service to the community. Shaniqua Johnson and Saquawna Anderson were singled out for their bravery when they rescued a 93-year old woman from a house fire on Hazelton St. on Oct. 13.
Conley was asked by several residents about new arrests made in the case. He assured worried citizens that the DA’s office was focusing on the quality of the investigation rather than making quick, but ultimately unrelated arrests.
“The way to get this right is to take your time, and do a painstaking investigation, with integrity and standing up to protocol,” said Conley. “It’s not about following a clock.”
He did not go into specific details about the investigation.
The next B-3 police community meeting will be held at the library on Nov. 16.