Public Safety

Widow of man shot to death by police files wrongful-death lawsuit

Boston police officers trying to stop a deranged man with a pellet gun who'd stolen a police cruiser should have called in a mental-health professional rather than shooting him dead, his widow argues in a lawsuit filed last week.  Read more

Answers needed on police protocol at crime scenes

Ed Davis, the commissioner of the Boston Police Department, said last Friday that his command staff will investigate how the body of a 19-year-old murder victim was left undiscovered in a Mascot Street driveway for more than two days following a shooting incident last Sunday that left another teenager dead.  Read more

Hearing eyes resources for families hit by violence

By 
Pat Tarantino, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 18, 2010

More than 60 Boston officials, victims advocates and family members touched by street crime met at Boston City Hall to discuss resources available for families struggling in the wake of violent crime.

City councillor Charles Yancey and Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley heard testimony from almost 20 community service providers as well as representatives from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the Boston Police Department who outlined their long-term commitment to families who have lost loved ones in the streets of Boston.  Read more

Residents get close-up view of police training at BPD Academy

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 18, 2010

The Boston Police Department held the first session of a new Citizens Police Academy for Area B-3 residents on Monday evening at the BPD’s training facility in Hyde Park. For the next three weeks, the “cadets” will be bussed around the police academy and other law enforcement locations in order to get a taste of what it means to be a police officer patrolling the streets of Boston.  Read more

Hub’s ATF chief, residents talk guns and street violence in unique meeting

By 
Stephen Kurkjian, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 18, 2010

ATF Chief: Isaura Mendes, mother of two murdered sons, reaches out to Guy Thomas, head of Boston’s ATF office, at Sunday afternoon’s meeting at St. Peter’s Teen Center. 	Photo by Stephen KurkjianATF Chief: Isaura Mendes, mother of two murdered sons, reaches out to Guy Thomas, head of Boston’s ATF office, at Sunday afternoon’s meeting at St. Peter’s Teen Center. Photo by Stephen Kurkjian

The accounts of loss and grief that violent death has brought in recent years to an increasing number of Dorchester families, particularly inside the Cape Verdean population, brought nods of recognition from the well-dressed, heavy-set man at the microphone at St. Peter’s Teen Center on Sunday afternoon.

For Guy Thomas, who recently took over as head of the Boston office of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, there was a tie beyond his crime-fighting interests that bound him to the 40 or so people who showed up to hear him and several Boston Police commanders speak: Born and raised in the projects of New Haven, Thomas saw one of his cousins killed and two others wounded on the streets of his boyhood neighborhood.  Read more

Woman punched outside Dunkin' Donuts when she refuses to give panhandler money

The Boston Police Department reports a woman exiting the Dunkin' Donuts in Edward Everett Square around 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday was attacked by the companion of a woman who had just asked her for money.

Police say the woman refused to give the panhandler $2, at which point her male accomplice punched her and attempted to steal her handbag. The two fled toward Andrew Square, police say.

The puncher is described as a white male, 20, 5'7" and 120 lbs. - and missing a front tooth. The woman is described as a white female, 5', 120 lbs. with freckles, dark brown hair in a bun and glasses.

Man arrested in St. Brendan's incident; may be a suspect in rash of church break-ins

By 
Reporter Staff
Nov. 15, 2010

A South Boston man is in police custody today after he allegedly ransacked the sacristy at St. Brendan's Church and was also caught trying to break into the parish rectory on Sunday morning. Boston Police are investigating whether the suspect, 44 year-old Michael Bagley, is the person responsible for a series of other break-ins at Dorchester churches in recent weeks.  Read more

Davis: Police to probe delay in finding murder victim

By 
Pat Tarantino and Bill Forry
Nov. 12, 2010

Mascot Street death investigationMascot Street death investigation: The body of 19 year-old Nervin Charlot was found in this driveway at 63 Mascot St. He had apparently been shot two days before in an incident that also fatally wounded 17 year-old Emmanuel Louissaint. Photo by Pat Tarantino

A Dorchester teenager lay dead for more than two days in a Mascot Street driveway after police and neighbors failed to spot his body in the aftermath of a shooting that also took the life of a 17 year-old male found mortally wounded in front of a house less than 100 feet away.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says police believe that two teenagers murdered on Mascot Street this week were likely shot during the same incident early on Sunday morning. The body of one of the two male victims, 19 year-old Nervin Charlot, lay undetected for more than 48 hours until a neighbor finally spotted it on Tuesday morning, an oversight that Davis said will need to be probed.

"We're investigating that right now. At this point we can say that [the homicides] most likely occurred at the same time," Davis told the Reporter on Friday.

Asked why police who responded to the scene apparently overlooked the second victim at the scene, Davis said, "We will absolutely investigate that."

Charlot's body was found lying face-down in the driveway of 63 Mascot around 9 a.m. on Tuesday. His body was located at the end of a driveway less than 100 feet from where Boston Police had found 17 year-old Emmanuel Louissaint suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest on Sunday just after 1 a.m. Louissaint was transported to Boston Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.  Read more

Man shot to death in Mattapan

The Boston Police Department reports a man was found with multiple gunshot wounds around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday at 22 Fessenden St.

The man, 35, was rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Dorchester and Mattapan murders over the past year.

City proposing stricter standards for nail salons

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 11, 2010

Minimum health, cleanliness, and sanitation standards would be established for the city’s nail salons under new rules the Boston Public Health Commission is considering.
The proposed rules come after a study found that nail salon workers were feeling adverse health effects – headaches, dizziness, fatigue, breathing difficulties, and infertility – that could be related to their work with chemicals. Public health officials have been working since 2008 with owners and workers to offer basic safety training and technical assistance.  Read more