- [MA] Firefighter Abron - "spirited argument" or battery & assault - ...A veteran Boston firefighter yesterday pleaded not guilty to charges that he beat his girlfriend before assaulting police and resisting arrest in an early-morning domestic attack that the alleged victim says never happened... The girlfriend was uncooperative and declined police and medical services... Abron had one active restraining order and several previous orders against him, but none was taken out by his girlfriend...
- [MA] Firefighter Abron acquitted of assault of girlfriend but it's not over - A Boston firefighter who alleged police brutality after cops charged him with assaulting his girlfriend was acquitted yesterday after a jury trial that raised questions about a potential cover-up by the arresting officers...
ACQUITTED FIREFIGHTER NOW SET TO SUE POLICE
The Boston Globe
By John R. Ellement
December 9, 2009
[Excerpts] A veteran Boston firefighter and his attorneys will file a federal lawsuit today alleging that two Boston police officers used excessive force when he was arrested in 2008 as police were investigating a report that a woman was being beaten in Dorchester. Firefighter Wayne Abron went to trial in Roxbury Municipal Court in September, where a jury of six acquitted him of all charges, including resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer, according to his attorneys, Jeffrey A. Denner and Neil S. Tassel of Boston. Abron said his acquittal has left him determined to force the city and police to be more professional, especially in Boston’s minority communities... Abron was arrested by Officers Brian Dunford and David Santosuosso in the backyard of his mother’s home on Howard avenue in Dorchester around 2:30 a.m. on March 22, 2008. Thomas Drechsler, the attorney for the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, said the union is backing the officers and will represent them in litigation. Abron’s acquittal does not mean that the officers acted improperly or with excessive force, Drechsler said. “They witnessed a violent domestic attack, and they interceded in order to prevent further harm. ... Any injuries he suffered was the result of his own failure to comply" with police, Drechsler said of Abron. “He can make that accusation, but that doesn’t make it so," the union attorney said by phone yesterday. “Anyone can file a lawsuit accusing anyone else of misdeeds and attempt to publicize it by calling the media... But that doesn’t make it so." Boston police are continuing an internal affairs investigation which began in 2008... [Full article here]
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