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Friday, March 18, 2011

[MA] With chief minimizing, Medford Police Sgt. James Lee given probation for reported sucker punch to ex's face

...In the affidavit the victim filed in Somerville, she alleges the sergeant “sucker punched” her in the face and tried to break her arm... The woman says in the filing that she required stitches to her lip at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and police refused to take a statement regarding her injuries...

ARTICLE EXCERPTS FROM LAST YEAR AND YESTERDAY:

MEDFORD POLICE SERGEANT UNDER INVESTIGATION AFTER DOMESTIC DISPUTE
The Boston Globe
Posted by Matt Byrne
By Matt Byrne, Town Correspondent
October 18, 2010 10:04 AM
[Excerpts] A Medford police sergeant is under an internal investigation for accusations that he allegedly hit a woman last month during an altercation on a city street... A Somerville district court judge issued a restraining order against Medford Sergeant James Lee after the woman filed an affidavit alleging the sergeant “sucker punched” her in the face and tried to break her arm... [Medford Police Chief Leo A. Sacco Jr.], who may use an outside consultant to assist in the inquiry, said the evidence so far is not clear cut... [Lee] He also acknowledges he unintentionally struck her in her mouth... After the alleged incident Sept. 27, the restraining order against Lee was extended for one year... The woman says in the filing that she required stitches to her lip at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and police refused to take a statement regarding her injuries... [Full article here]

MEDFORD SERGEANT GETS PROBATION AFTER ALLEGED DOMESTIC DISPUTE
The Boston Globe
By Matt Byrne,
March 17, 2011
[Excerpts]
A Medford Police sergeant who was accused last year of hitting a woman during a dispute on a city street has been placed on departmental probation, will be required to undergo 10 days of training, and must stay away from the plaintiff in the case, officials said. The recommendation, made by Budget and Personnel Director Stephanie M. Burke and submitted to Mayor Michael J. McGlynn Tuesday, does not specify what type of training Sergeant James Lee must undertake, saying only that the course be selected by Medford Police Chief Leo A. Sacco Jr. “What happened shouldn't have happened,” Sacco said in a phone interview, and said that in terms of Lee’s history with the department, this was an isolated incident amid an otherwise unblemished – if not exemplary record... “He screwed up. He knows better. This won't happen again. I'm happy it's behind us,” Sacco said... "Sometimes things go beyond the four corners of of the page," Sacco said in a previous interview. Burke acknowledged in her report to McGlynn that accounts of the incident contradict, but placed onus on Lee for not backing off, as his training would have dictated... Lee and the woman did not testify at the hearing... In the affidavit the victim filed in Somerville, she alleges the sergeant “sucker punched” her in the face and tried to break her arm. In Lee's affidavit, he alleged the woman had placed harassing calls to his cellphone, and in his description of the confrontation he also acknowledges he unintentionally struck the woman in the mouth during a struggle... In a phone interview Wednesday, the woman in the case, who is not identified because of privacy concerns regarding domestic violence, said she dropped the restraining order months ago because she "didn't want him to lose his job,"... [Full article here]
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