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Monday, November 17, 2008

[MA] Officer Santos' job

...Edson Santos is expected to be stripped of his badge for a violent confrontation outside a New Bedford Bar that involved Santos, his girlfriend, and a fellow officer...

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One New Bedford Police Officer Expected to be Fired, Another Will be Disciplined
Tim Martin
Nov 17, 2008

Turbulent times for two New Bedford Police Officers, one about to be fired, the other will face disciplinary action.

The first officer, Edson Santos is expected to be stripped of his badge for a violent confrontation outside a New Bedford Bar that involved Santos, his girlfriend, and a fellow officer.

Santos was later charged with choking his girlfriend, and then pushing another police officer

The second officer a 22-year-veteran, Officer Norman Duchesneau, who allegedly put an ad up on Craigslist of himself, in full uniform, asking sexually suggestive questions. Duchesneau will be disciplined, suspended for at least 30 days without pay.

[police officer-involved domestic violence]
...Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results. Bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results. This is but saying that nothing can come from corn but corn, nothing from nettles but nettles. Men understand this law in the natural world, and work with it. But few understand it in the mental and moral world (though its operation there is just as simple and undeviating), and they, therefore, do not cooperate with it... A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile, and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life. And as he adapts his mind to that regulating factor, he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition, and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts. He ceases to kick against circumstances, but begins to use them as aids to his more rapid progress, and as a means of discovering the hidden powers and possibilities within himself...

As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

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  1. NEW BEDFORD police Edson Santos
    NEW BEDFORD police Joshua Gerard

    City moves to fire 2 police officers facing domestic assault charges
    Standard-Times, South Coast Today
    By Brian Fraga
    November 18, 2008 6:00 AM

    NEW BEDFORD — The city has moved to fire two police officers facing domestic assault charges and to suspend an officer who reportedly posted his picture in an online personal ad.

    Following internal investigations, police sustained domestic assault and battery allegations against officers Edson Santos, 25, and Joshua Gerard, 30. Both have been recommended for termination.

    "The mayor has notified both officers of his decision to terminate them as New Bedford police officers and their cases are now pending termination hearings mandated by state law," New Bedford police spokesman Lt. Jeffrey P. Silva said.

    Meanwhile, Officer Norman Duchesneau, 42, will be suspended after police verified that he posted a picture of himself in uniform under the "casual encounters" section of Craigslist.

    Lt. Silva said the internal investigations into the officers' alleged transgressions were submitted to Police Chief Ronald E. Teachman for his review and disciplinary recommendation, which were then forwarded to Mayor Scott W. Lang.

    As the city's appointing authority, the mayor ultimately decides disciplinary actions taken against all municipal employees.

    Lt. Silva sought to provide perspective. "When you have 300 police officers, eventually a small percentage of them, like the rest of society, will sometimes engage in inappropriate conduct," he said.

    "We feel we have some of the best police officers anywhere who do some terrific cases and terrific work."

    City Council President Jane Gonsalves, who pressed for disciplinary action, was pleased.

    "I feel strongly it's overdue," she said. "The longer these kind of things stagnate, a cloud settles over the reputation of the Police Department."

    Mayor Lang said the cases were closely examined.

    "We looked over the files and made decisions that I thought were in the best interests of the citizens of New Bedford," the mayor said.

    Officers Santos and Gerard have both been criminally charged and their cases are pending in Taunton District Court. They are currently suspended from the Police Department.

    Contact Brian Fraga at bfraga@s-t.com



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