Community Involvement: The Reggie Lewis Center recently hosted an all-girls sports festival and the women of the BPD were in the house representing and unveiling the BPD’s latest creation: an all-women’s hoop team called Women in Blue. Playing in front of a crowd of well over a hundred fans, the BPD’s all-female squad, led by point guard Deputy Nora Baston, took on a girl’s AAU team called the Show Stoppers who just happen to be coached by Boston Police Officer Kenny Grubbs. Everybody loves Kenny!!! The game – per usual – was less about the final score and more about the relationships made. Said Deputy Baston: “In addition to playing basketball, the women on our team want to be difference makers. We want to be role models for the young girls in our community and we want them to know we’re here for them whenever they need us.”
Another Daily Dose of Great Police Work – BPD Officer Displays Extraordinary Levels of Restraint & Professionalism During Altercation with Unruly Motorist Along Greek Day Parade Route: At about 12:19pm, on Sunday, April 26, 2015, an officer from District D-4 (South End) was tagging and towing vehicles illegally parked on the parade route (for the Greek Day Parade) on Boylston Street when the officer observed a brown Toyota Camry parked at 645 Boylston Street (outside of the Olde South Church) and clearly impeding the parade route. As a result, the officer pulled behind the vehicle and activated his lights and air horn in an effort to alert and encourage the driver to move his car. After doing so, the officer noted the vehicle remained at a standstill and did not move. As a result, the officer, utilizing the cruiser’s loud speaker, instructed the motorist that his vehicle was in a ‘No Stopping Zone’. Again, the car did not move. Additionally, the officer observed that the driver had interlocked his fingers behind his head in such a way as if to suggest he was in no rush or urgency to move his vehicle. Seeing this, the officer exited his cruiser and approached the driver's window.
As the officer got closer to the suspect’s car, the driver flung the door open, raised his hands and started yelling: “I'm unarmed!!! I'm unarmed!!!” At this point, the officer told suspect to calm down, return to his car and move his vehicle. After which, the suspect calmed down and acknowledged that he needed to move his vehicle. When the suspect returned to his car, the officer backed away from the vehicle and waited for the vehicle to move. About a minute later, the vehicle remained stationary and, again, the suspect flung the car door open and again jumped out of his vehicle. Sensing danger and feeling that an immediate physical attack was likely imminent and unable to see if the suspect was in possession of a weapon, the officer unholstered his firearm for his own safety and protection. The officer then observed the suspect walking around in circles, waving his arms and yelling: “I'm unarmed!!! (Expletive) kill me!!!” Seeing that the suspect was - in fact - not armed, the officer returned his firearm to his holster and again encouraged the suspect to calm down. Instead, the suspect, while yelling incoherently and waving his arms in a threatening manner, started walking towards the officer. At this point, the officer ordered the suspect to place his hands on the trunk of the car. The suspect refused and continued to yell incoherently.
As the officer was calling in his location and requesting additional units to respond to his location, the suspect again walked towards the officer with a crazed look on his face. Again, the officer ordered the suspect to back up and stop. When the suspect ignored the officer’s legal instructions and continued walking towards him, the officer, in an effort to create distance and allow more time for back-up officers to arrive, shoved the suspect in the upper chest with an open hand knocking the suspect back. The suspect approached the officer several more times and each time the officer shoved the suspect back. The suspect never used his hands or feet to assault officer but just kept approaching him in a menacing manner. Numerous pedestrians were stopping on the street witnessing the incident. When back-up units arrived, the suspect complied and placed his hands on the roof of his vehicle. Suspect was placed in handcuffs and secured.
Upon looking inside the suspect’s car, officers observed a notebook opened to a page with several references to elected officials coupled with disrespectful and profane language. Officers also observed a wire protruding from the trunk area near the back window. Uneasy with these observations, officers requested the Bomb Squad for further investigation. A perimeter was established, as Boylston Street was closed between Exeter and Dartmouth Streets. The bomb unit cleared the vehicle and nothing harmful was found. The suspect was transported to District D-4 (South End) where he continued to be unruly, uncooperative and noncompliant. Boston EMS responded to District D-4 and transported the suspect to Tufts Medical Center for an evaluation. The suspect, Udaykumar Patel , 25, of Ohio, will be charged with Being a Disorderly Person and Failing to Obey a Police Officer.
On Saturday April 25, 2015, District E-13 Captain Alfredo Andres joined hundreds of families for the Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League Opening Day Parade and Ceremonies. Officers secured the parade route and safely escorted the young ball players to Daisy Field for their first games of the season.
At about 8:04 PM on Sunday April 26, 2015, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a car being broken into in the area of 120 Saint Botolph Street. While on approach, officers observed a suspect matching the given description walking in the area and approached to speak with him. The suspect immediately fled, running down a nearby alley and even jumping on and over the hood of a police cruiser in an attempt to make good his escape. The suspect continued to run but officers were unrelenting in their pursuit and eventually caught up to him near the Massachusetts Avenue MBTA Station.
The suspect, identified as Brian Jordan, 27, of Roxbury, was placed under arrest and charged with Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle. Officers recovered stolen property from the vehicle and returned it to the victim. It was later revealed that the suspect was wanted on an outstanding warrant sought out of Dorchester District Court for Possession of a Firearm and Armed Robbery. Officers later located and recovered a realistic looking black BB gun from inside a bag the suspect had been carrying.
Greek Independence Day Parade of Boston: Great to see Commissioner Evans participating in today’s (4-26-15) 2015 Greece Independence Day Parade in Boston. Today’s parade marked the 21st Annual Greek Day Parade through the streets of our fine city. Today’s celebration also was especially noteworthy and enjoyable for Commissioner Evans as he was given the honor of being a Grand Marshal for today’s celebration.
Yesterday, Saturday, April 25, 2015, Boston police officers, along with Boston University PD and MA State PD, took advantage of the sunny weather to assist cyclists along the Southwest Corridor spruce up their bikes in anticipation of Spring. The officers and the Boston Cyclists Union treated riders to a tune-up and bike wash, along with free helmets, WD-40 cleaning products, snacks, coffee, and music. In the pictures above, BPD Sergeant Gino Provenzano works with a trooper give a passing biker a rinse and a member of the Cyclist Union oils a chain. Even the kids got to join in the fun!
On Saturday, April 25, 2015, Sergeant Luke Taxter and Boston police officers from the District D-4 (South End) Community Service Office joined Washington Gate Main Street Inc., Boston University Government & Community Affairs, and Roxbury community members to do some spring cleaning in Ramsay Park for Boston Shines. These volunteers were among many that came together all over Boston for the first weekend of Boston Shines, a project focused on expanding volunteer opportunities and local university engagement, youth development, and uniting neighbors and communities. In case you missed Boston Shines in your neighborhood this weekend, there are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer this spring.
Check out http://www.cityofboston.gov/ons/BostonShines/ for more information on how you can help the BPD make Boston beautiful!
On Saturday, April 25, 2015, young performers at the 23rd Annual Boston Youth Peace Conference had a very special guest in attendance--Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross enjoyed the show from his front row seat at the Paramount Theatre in Downtown Crossing. The performances varied in presentation, genre, and style, but each carried the same message of teen empowerment for peace and progress. The Boston Police Department would like to commend all of the performers, organizers, and those unsung behind the scenes for a job well done.
This morning, Friday, April 24, 2015, the Florida A&M Rattlers and North Carolina Central Eagles baseball teams joined members of the Boston Police Department and the Boston community for a meet-and-greet at Jim Rice Field in Roxbury. These two southern teams are set to face off at Fenway Park tomorrow in a battle for first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Today, BPD Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch with City Councilor Tito Jackson, and he hurled it in there for a high, fast strike! Tomorrow’s game at Fenway is at 2:00 PM and is part of an effort by the Boston Red Sox organization to showcase the HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) teams in the greater Boston area.
On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Boston Police Department is excited to reach out to the cyclists in the city by hosting a bicycle cleaning event. The event will be held at Boston Police Headquarters (One Schroeder Plaza, Boston, MA 02120) from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. In addition to providing cleaning supplies such as WD-40 bicycle products, our partners at the Boston Cyclist Union, Boston University Police Department, and Mass State Police will give lessons on how to keep your bike in working order, safety tips, bike helmets, and snacks. All are welcome, and the BPD bicycle and community service officers look forward to seeing you!
At about 2:30 PM on Thursday, April 23, 2015, members of the City Wide Drug Control Unit executed a number of search warrants relative to an ongoing drug investigation in the areas of 44 Arbutus Street in District B-3 (Mattapan) and 140 Park Street in District C-11 (Dorchester).
In December of 2014, members of the DCU received information regarding one 53-year-old Clyde Bogle of Roxbury indicating that he was distributing illegal narcotics. Boston police officers launched an extensive investigation that, on Thursday, ultimately led officers to stop Bogle for Operating a Motor Vehicle after License Suspended/Revoked. Officers were able to execute the search warrants for Bogle and the above addresses. Officers recovered:
- Over 32 grams of cocaine
- Approximately 160 assorted prescription pills
- Over $11,500 in US currency
- Various drug paraphernalia and materials consistent with drug distribution
Bogle was arrested and charged with Trafficking Class B Drugs (Cocaine) and Trafficking Class B Drugs (2nd and Subsequent Offense). Also present and arrested during the execution of the search warrants were 41-year-old Jerome Young of Mattapan, 57-year-old William Griffin of Weymouth, and 43-year-old Tamara Johnson-Lewis of Roxbury. All were charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Classes B, C, and E Drugs.
Today’s Photo of the Day comes courtesy of one of our well-traveled and worldly Facebook followers. While on a trip to Ireland last week, this sleuth-like fan of the Boston Police Department spotted our patch proudly displayed in the Brazen Head Inn and Pub in Dublin, the oldest pub in Ireland. We found it fitting that a symbol of the first police department in our nation is exhibited in such a historic spot in Ireland. Although the BPD, established in 1854, has a rich history, the Brazen Head has the department beat—this pub and inn date back to 1198!
This week Boston Police Officer Shana Cottone was recognized by both the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Celtics for the outstanding actions and police work that she displayed on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. While leaving court downtown, off-duty Officer Cottone observed smoke billowing from a building at 1 Stillman Place in the North End. Without regard for her own safety and well-being, Officer Cottone ran into the burning building, began banging on apartment doors, and alerting residents to evacuate. Officer Cottone’s selfless actions undoubtedly saved lives that day, and for that the city is forever grateful.
Officer Cottone was honored atop the Red Sox dugout during the game’s 4th inning “Hats off to Heroes” on Friday, April 17, as well as on the Garden court at half-time during the Celtics’ play-off game against the Cavaliers on Thursday, April 23.
These photographs were taken recently during a physical conditioning exercise which focused on running the many challenging hills of Hyde Park. To all the recruits of Class 54-14, we wish you good luck, keep up the hard work and finish strong. We'll see you on the streets of our city soon.
Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2
Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0
Vehicle Thefts: 6
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 17
Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 2
Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.
On Thursday April 23, 2015, several Boston police officers were commended at the department’s Compstat meeting for their remarkable work over the past weeks. The details of the incidents are as follows:
Incident #1: At about 10:30 AM on Wednesday February 11, 2015, Officer Louberry while performing a paid detail came upon a violent and brazen shot’s fired incident near 891 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.
Officer Louberry transmitted over the Boston Police radio that a person was shooting and running down Centre Street. A short time later, the officer stated the suspect was now firing the weapon at him. Officer Louberry pursued the suspect into a backyard on Aldworth Street where responding officers were able to apprehend him.
As the arrest was being made, Szeto and Cruz proceeded to Centre Street where they located a person shot, immediately called for an ambulance, rendered aid to the victim and established and protected the crime scene. Sadly despite the officers’ best efforts, the victim later succumb to his grave injuries; a tragic outcome to a senseless act of violence perpetrated on a busy city street in broad daylight.
The immediate response of these officers, apprehension of suspects, and crime scene preservation, allowed the Homicide Detectives to locate evidence, conduct interviews, and ultimately arrest the suspect for homicide.
Officer Louberry used great restraint and judgment by choosing not to fire back at the suspect after being fired upon. Officer Louberry, being aware of the time of day and the civilian presence on Centre Street, instead chose to bravely pursue the suspect, providing the information to arriving units which ultimately led to the arrest.
Officer Cullen and Oller had keen judgment and observations to notice the actions of the suspect, while he tried to elude capture. Officers Szeto and Cruz located the original crime scene and were able to protect it from compromise. Officer Figueroa located Officer Louberry and remained with him for the remainder of the day, being mindful that even the most courageous of officers could use support in the aftermath of a highly stressful situation.
For their efforts they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.
Incident #2: At about 3:45 PM on Friday, April 3, 2015, Officers Vest and Belgrave arrested two suspects on drug and weapons charges as the result of a motor vehicle investigation in the area of Cornell Street and Colberg Avenue in Roslindale.
Upon seeing a motor vehicle parked facing the wrong direction on Cornell Street; officers approached the car to further investigate their observations. While approaching the car, the officers noted that the two individuals inside the car were moving in such a way as if to suggest or indicate either drug usage or a drug transaction. Officers learned that the driver had a lengthy criminal record including two prior convictions for unlawfully carrying firearms and that his driver’s license had been suspended. Officers removed the suspects from the vehicle after observing both of them grabbing for and reaching towards a black bag on the front passenger-side floor area. Officers then performed a pat frisk of the bag and recovered a loaded American Tactical .45 caliber ACP semi-automatic handgun. Officers later recovered heroin and prescription pills from the bag as well.
The driver was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. The passenger was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of Class A Drugs and Possession of Class B Drugs.
Through persistence and attention to detail Officers Vest and Belgrave were able to apprehend two criminals and remove a firearm from the streets.
For their efforts they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.
Incident #3: The Boston Police Fugitive Unit is tasked with conducting investigations to locate and apprehend suspects wanted for murder and other violent offenses in the City of Boston and the State of Massachusetts. In doing so, they also travel throughout the country and even internationally with members of the US Marshals Service in order to locate individuals wanted by the Boston Police Homicide Unit and other units within the Boston Police Department who request their assistance.
During the first two weeks of March 2015 the Fugitive Unit was assigned to locate numerous wanted suspects wanted for homicide. They executed numerous search warrants and arrested ten separate suspects for murder. These investigations required countless hours of surveillance that culminated in a safe effective tactical plan to make the arrests of these violent criminals.
The members of the Fugitive Unit are relied upon to track the most violent and illusive offenders in the City. These above mentioned arrests for homicide and rape have brought closure to family and friends of over a dozen victims in just a short two week period. They are consistent in their efforts and have conducted these in-depth investigations with the utmost professionalism and safety of all concerned.
For their efforts they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation and the Fugitive Unit is hereby awarded a Unit Citation.
At about 8:45 AM on Thursday April 23, 2015 Commissioner Evans, Chief Gross and members of the Boston Police Department Command Staff gathered with sworn and civilian personnel to take a “Stand Against Racism”. This is the second year the department has joined with the YWCA for this National Awareness Campaign. The Boston Police Department shares and believes in the campaigns message of peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. For more information visit: www.StandAgainstRacism.org
ONE LESS GUN: At about 5:46 PM on Wednesday April 22, 2015, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 8 Johnston Road in Dorchester. While en route to the call, the police dispatcher informed responding officers that a black male with dreadlocks was seen firing gunshots from the passenger side of a black vehicle that was then seen fleeing down Blue Hill Avenue towards Mattapan Square. Additional information indicated that the vehicle was occupied by three individuals. Officers queried vehicle’s registration and learned that it was registered to a black Mercury coupe. A search of the area enabled officers to locate a black vehicle in the area of 20 Goodale Road that matched the description of the vehicle seen fleeing 8 Johnston Road. Upon seeing the car, officers noted that there were three individuals inside the car. As officers approached the car, the car took off. Officers gave chase and followed the suspect’s vehicle until it came to an abrupt stop in the area of 27 Merola Park. With the car stopped, officers observed the operator and front passenger quickly exit the vehicle and take off running. Officers were able to chase down and subdue both suspects.
The operator, Ray Roe, 22, of Boston, was arrested and charged with Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, Operating on a Suspended License, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting Arrest and Leaving the Scene after Causing Property Damage.
The front passenger, Darren Gillespie, 19, of Boston, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Armed Career Criminal.
The third occupant of the vehicle, Laraysha Robinson, 20, of Boston, was arrested and charged with Resisting Arrest.
During the pursuit of the suspect’s vehicle, officers received information indicating that the front passenger was seen throwing a firearm out the window of the vehicle in the area of 1257 Blue Hill Avenue. Officers responded to the area and were able to quickly locate and recover a Ruger .22 Caliber LR Semi Automatic Pistol from in front of the Morningstar Baptist Church.
Reflecting on the 119th Running of the Boston Marathon: The men and women of the Boston Police Department are always proud to play a role as it pertains to protecting and serving the greatest marathon in the world. When runners entered the city of Boston, Boston’s Finest – decked out in their lime green rain gear - were there to safeguard and support them every step of the way. From Cleveland Circle to Kenmore Square to the finish line on Boylston Street, BPD officers were out in full force and Boston’s top cop appreciated all the hard work. Said Commissioner William Evans: “I want to thank my officers for their professionalism and poise at this year’s Boston Marathon. The weather was cold and the day long but – once again – the men and women of the Boston Police Department proved equal to the task and I thank them for making our department and city proud.”