BODY CAMERA NEGOTIATION BULLETIN

NP Attorney Gary Nolan spent a couple of days last week immersed in training about forensic examination of video evidence. For us, two primary issues with video are (1) use in disciplinary / use of force cases and (2) negotiation of body worn camera policies. Many area police investigators were in the seminar, and it’s safe to say most of us were blown away by the potential for video to tell a completely inaccurate story. That is ...

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USE OF FORCE BULLETIN: Court rules Boston Police liable for bystander's injuries during pat-frisk shootout – a must read (unfortunately).

The Supreme Court told us years ago that split-second decisions regarding uses of force must not be second guessed in the calmness of the judge’s chambers – so much for that. Second guessing based on compressed and often flawed video has become the new normal. Add to that this recent Appeals Court case and it is more than apparent why stress levels of police officers are on the rise.

Here, a 911 call reported a threat to kill a ...

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DLR Issues Complaint against Town of Chelmsford for bad faith conduct in JLMC proceeding – alleges unlawful cooperation with arbitration panel member

After an exhaustive investigation by the NEPBA and Chelmsford Police Superior Officer’s Union, the DLR found probable cause that the town violated a multitude of labor laws, including unlawful cooperation with a JLMC panel member during confidential arbitration deliberations. The DLR also charged the town with making misrepresentations to the elected Town Meeting reps. when presenting the JLMC award.

The union’s investigation consisted of in-depth public records requests that produced indisputable evidence supporting its complaints, including email correspondence between the ...

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