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Monday, February 21, 2011

[MA] Lawrence Police Officer Daron Fraser found guilty of domestic assault and battery of pregnant girlfriend

A veteran Lawrence police officer was found guilty of domestic assault and battery and faces the possibility of losing his job. Daron Fraser was placed on probation for a year and ordered by Judge Stephen Abany to attend a treatment program for batterers. Lawrence police Chief John Romero said he will recommend that Fraser be fired...

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[MA] Lawrence Police Officer Daron Fraser charged with domestic assault of pregnant girlfriend - ...Lawrence Patrolman Daron Fraser, 39, of Raymond, N.H., was charged with domestic assault and battery and assault on a pregnant woman outside her home... Meanwhile, the woman Fraser is accused of assaulting, [O.S.], 30, said in an interview with The Eagle-Tribune yesterday that it was not a case of domestic violence, just a "giant misunderstanding"...

LAWRENCE COP DARON FRASER FACES FIRING AFTER BEING CONVICTED OF ASSAULTING GIRLFRIEND
By The Associated Press
Thursday, February 10, 2011
[Excerpts] A Lawrence police officer was found guilty Wednesday of assaulting his former girlfriend during a dispute in which an officer from another department used a Taser on him. Daron Fraser was sentenced to one year of probation following his conviction in Haverhill District Court on Wednesday. Police Chief John Romero told The Eagle-Tribune he will recommend that Fraser be fired... Fraser’s girlfriend called the incident a misunderstanding and said there was no assault. [Full article here]

COP FACES FIRING AFTER ASSAULT CONVICTION
myfoxboston.com
Thursday, 10 Feb 2011
[Excerpts] ...[Lawrence police officer] Daron Fraser was sentenced to one year of probation following his conviction in Haverhill District Court on Wednesday ... An off-duty officer [Joshua Waller] from the Kingston, N.H., department intervened and used a Taser issued by his employer on Fraser... [Full article here]

OFFICER GUILTY OF ASSAULT; CHIEF RECOMMENDS FIRING
Eagle Tribune
By Paul Tennant
February 10, 2011
[Excerpts] A veteran Lawrence police officer was found guilty of domestic assault and battery and faces the possibility of losing his job. Daron Fraser was placed on probation for a year and ordered by Judge Stephen Abany to attend a treatment program for batterers. Lawrence police Chief John Romero said he will recommend that Fraser be fired. The guilty finding came yesterday after a two-day trial in Haverhill District Court... Several witnesses said Fraser had his knee on [O.S.]'s throat and that she appeared to be gagging, police said... During the trial, [O.S.] took the stand and said Fraser didn't do anything to her, that they were "just playing." The six-member jury took 45 minutes to find Fraser guilty... Assistant District Attorney Ashlee Dole prosecuted the case, while attorney Pamela Saia Rogers defended Fraser. Romero said he will recommend that Fraser, who has been a Lawrence police officer for 11 years, be fired. "It's a misdemeanor, but police officers are held to a higher standard," Romero said... He said it will be up to Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua to accept the recommendation... The judge ordered Fraser to surrender all of his firearms to Romero at the arraignment... [O.S.] has a 13-month-old child with Fraser... [Full article here]

A COUPLE OF ARTICLES MORE SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THE OFFICER WHO TASED FRASER:

KINGSTON SUSPENDS POLICE OFFICER
Eagle Tribune
By J.J. Huggins
July 16, 2010
[Excerpts] A Kingston police officer has been suspended and turned in his gun after using a Taser on another off-duty police officer in Haverhill. Officer Joshua Waller, 26, of Methuen was arrested Tuesday night on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after a stun gun was used on Lawrence police Officer Daron Fraser... Waller, who was off duty, claims he was trying to stop Fraser from assaulting the Lawrence's officer girlfriend — a charge both Fraser and the girlfriend deny. Fraser also was arrested by Haverhill police and charged with domestic assault and battery and assault on a pregnant woman.... Waller is an intermittent Methuen police officer, meaning he is available for work there if needed. But Methuen police Chief Katherine Lavigne said this case could have an impact on his employment in Methuen... [Full article here]

OFFICER CLEARED IN TASER CASE
Eagle Tribune
By J.J. Huggins
September 8, 2010
[Excerpts] Kingston police Officer Joshua Waller has been cleared of any wrongdoing stemming from his arrest for allegedly using a Taser on a fellow officer involved in an alleged domestic dispute. "After a careful review of all the evidence, this office decided it was in the interest of justice to file a nolle prosse — effectively ending the prosecution," said Stephen O'Connell, spokesman for District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett. Waller was arrested in Haverhill on July 13 on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after he allegedly used a Taser on Lawrence police Officer Daron Fraser... "Our contention from the beginning was that there was no criminal conduct on Mr. Waller's part, and that his actions were justified under the circumstances," Waller's attorney, Thomas Torrisi, said in a written statement... "The Kingston, New Hampshire Police Department has a dedicated officer in Mr. Waller, and I am confident he will prove to be a valuable asset to that department... With this result, we can enter one in the win column for justice"... [Full article here]
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1 comment:

  1. How about wrongful prosecution (Geeez!) Is it a wonder why officers don't want to get involved in things off duty.... (Arrested!) I think the ball got dropped on this big time...

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