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Police officer faces discipline for lying; Report says he used unreasonable force

Police officer faces discipline for lying

Report says he used unreasonable force

July 08, 2011|By Edward Mason and Tom Mashberg, Globe Correspondents
David Williams
Officer David Williams was implicated in the… (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/File 2006)
Editor’s note: We have been alerted that the photo is not of Boston Police Officer David Williams but rather Officer Kenny Conley who was not involved in the Michael Cox beating. For the record the photo was published by the Boston Globe attached to the article which we linked to.

A Boston police officer at the center of one of the most notorious police brutality cases in city history used unreasonable force while arresting a man in the North End in 2009, then lied about the episode to department investigators, according to an Internal Affairs Division report obtained by the Globe.

As a result, Officer David C. Williams has been placed on paid administrative leave, the Boston Police Department said, and could lose his job under Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis’s nearly 19-month-old policy of dismissing officers who lie in the line of duty, to internal affairs investigators, or in court . Williams is appealing the finding, and a hearing is scheduled for later this month.

Williams was fired from the force in 1999 after being implicated in the racially charged 1995 beating of undercover police officer Michael Cox, then reinstated with nearly $550,000 in back pay after a civil service arbitration in 2005.



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