Police Seek Assistance in Locating Dog

missing dog with suspects.jpgBoston Police Detective’s are requesting assistance in locating a white Pekinese dog that was stolen on December 23 between 7:30 and 8:00pm. The 51-year-old victim from Boston, reported to police that while grocery shopping at the Shaw’s located at 53 Huntington Avenue unknown persons untied her six-year-old dog and fled from the area. The dog is described as a white Pekinese that answers to the name “Chin Chin” wearing a blue nylon collar and a black leash. These photos are from the grocery stores security camera. Detectives are looking to speak to people that may have been in the area of the grocery store or mall that evening between 7:30 and 8:00pm and witnessed anyone taking the dog. Anyone with information about the people in theses photos, or who have seen the dog, to contact them at 617-343-5619 or remain anonymous by calling 800-494-TIPS.

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Making First Night 2007 a Safe Night for Everyone

Below is the text of Commissioner Ed Davis' comments at today's press conference outlining First Night 2007 First Night is a great Boston tradition. Not only is it one of our largest events, it is also one of our premier family events. We are expecting another large crowd this year, and the Boston Police are asking everyone to celebrate responsibly. New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration, and we expect everyone who comes into this city to celebrate peacefully and responsibly. First Night is a family event. We are encouraging families to bring their children into First Night. And we are also telling everyone to leave the alcohol at home. If there are individuals who do not choose to celebrate responsibly, the Boston Police Department will be on hand, and we will have a zero tolerance policy toward any alcohol violation. That means no open containers, no underage drinking, and no unruly behavior on our streets. The Boston Police will have a large, visible presence at all First Night events. There are at least 34 indoor events that will be held during First Night, as well as the many large, outdoor events and celebrations. You can expect to see uniformed Boston Police officers in locations such as the Back Bay, the Boston Common, Downtown and Waterfront areas.

This enforcement effort extends beyond the celebration in downtown Boston. Officers in all of our Districts will be on the lookout for loud party complaints and disorderly behavior in our neighborhoods. We strongly encourage everyone to take public transportation into First Night. We will be diverting traffic at several events, such as the Grand Procession Parade in the Back Bay, and the fireworks displays at both the Boston Common and the waterfront. There will also be a number of parking restrictions in place throughout downtown Boston. You can minimize the impact that this will have by leaving your car at home. There are no specific threats of terrorism against the city of Boston or any of our celebrations. However, due diligence demands that we take special precautions whenever we have such a large numbers of people coming into the City. We will be staffing the Unified Command Center at Boston Police headquarters, and we will be working closely with our public safety partners, including the Boston Fire Department, Transportation Department, MBTA Police, State police, and FBI. We will also have Joint Hazardous Materials Teams operating in Boston, along with alongside Army Civil Support Teams. These are all standard precautions we take at any event of this scale. Our goal is to make the 2006 First Night a safe night for everyone. There are a few basic steps that families can take to make sure that the enjoy First Night safely:

  1. Parents should not send their children into the city unsupervised, as we are expecting a very large crowd.
  2. Families should have a plan if members of their group become separated or lost. They should have an agreed-upon meeting place or a phone number of somebody they can call.
  3. Check the weather report before leaving your house, Dress appropriately.

I wish everyone a happy New Year, and, on behalf of the Boston Police Department, hope that everyone has a happy and safe First Night celebration.

Confirmed Shooting from Dunmore Street in Roxbury

At about 8:03pm officers from District 2 responded to 12 Dunmore Street in Roxbury on a report of shots fired. On arrival the officers recovered ballistic evidence and located a trail of what appears to be blood. Minutes later the Boston Medical Center reported that two people entered the Emergency Room suffering from gunshot wounds. The conditions of the victims are not known at this time. Details will follow.

Confirmed Double Shooting at 631 Cummins Highway in Roslindale

At about 6:05pm, officers from District 18 responded to 631 Cummins Highway on a report of a person shot. On arrival, officers located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims have been transported to the Boston Medical Center and the Brigham and Women's Hospital to be treated for their injuries. Details on conditions will follow.

Donation From Boston Police Foundation to the Boys and Girls Club

Boys and Girls Club.jpgThis past week Superintendent Albert Goslin presented Linda Whitlock, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club, a check for $10,000 as a donation on behalf of the Boston Police Foundation at the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club on Warren Ave in Roxbury. These charitable proceeds were raised during the International Association of Chiefs of Police Convention held in Boston last October. Additional proceeds will be given to the "Kids at Risk" Program.

Boston Police Seeking Victim Identification in Causeway Street Death Investigation

The attached article appeared in today's Boston Globe relative to a prior posting from BPDNews.comNOTE: This is a repost of an earlier entry from BPDNews.com on September 19, 2006 On June 2, 2006, officers responded to a call for a found body on Causeway Street, across from Banknorth Garden. The deceased is presumed to be homeless and was possibly living in that area. This is not a homicide. At this time, Boston Police are seeking public assistance to identify the victim. According to the Medical Examiner, the victim is reportedly a white male, estimated to be in his mid 30’s to mid 40’s, 5'9" tall, and a medium build. The victim also appeared to be missing his left front tooth. At the time of his recovery, he was wearing blue jeans and a blue and white colored "Boston Marathon 1995" jacket. The victim was tattooed. A PDF file is available showing the tattoos of the deceased. WARNING This file may be considered graphic by some viewers, as it contains actual photos of the tattoos. View the file. Tattoos are described as follows:

  • Upper right chest is what appears to be a Viking, wearing a horned helmet and standing on a cloud. Beneath the Viking is the word "Boston"
  • Across abdomen is large, arching letters spelling "Terminator". Centered directly beneath the word Terminator, is an additional design resembling a “joker” wearing a multi-pointed hat
  • On back, left shoulder, is a portrait of a woman's face
  • On left side of back, and diagonal to the portrait tattoo, is a green-colored dragon
  • Center of back, are several Asian letters running lengthwise along the spine.
  • Center of lower back is a second green-colored dragon.
  • Right arm is completely tattooed, from wrist to shoulder.
  • Inside of right leg, below the calf, but above the ankle is what appears to be a yin yang symbol.

Anyone with information that could assist us in identifying this man is encouraged to contact the Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470 or remain anonymous by calling the Crime Stoppers Unit at 800-494-TIPS.

Confirmed Double Stabbing at St. Stephen Street

At about 8:15pm, officers from District 4 responded to 1 St. Stephen Street on a report of two people stabbed. On arrival officer located two victims suffering from stab wounds. Boston EMS responded and transported one victim to the Boston Medical Center and the other to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Both victims’ injuries are considered life threatening at this time.

Promote Project Blue Light

candle.gifPlease join with "COPS" (Concerns of Police Survivors) in promoting Project Blue Light for the holiday season. By placing one blue light in a window of your home, you'll be showing your support for officers killed in the line of duty and those who continue to work America's streets. By placing strings of blue lights outside your home, at the department, and throughout the community, law enforcement officers will understand that they are appreciated!

Transcript: 12/13 Question and Answer Session

f_a2.jpgTranscript of a question and answer session following the announcement by Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis of a development in the Norfleet Homicide Investigation. Commissioner Davis was joined by Reverend Jeffrey Brown of Union Baptist Church, Reverend William Dickerson of Greater Love Tabernacle Church, and Reverend Darnell Williams, CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. QUESTION ONE: You talk about a collaboration with the community. What role if any did that play in the arrest? You said that the arrests were based on a traffic stop. And a subsequent investigation led to the finding of the weapons, and the linking of the weapons to the Norfleet murder. What role did community involvement or community collaboration play in this arrest, if any? ANSWER: The stop was made by several units of the Boston Police Department, but I think most notably one of the key individuals in this stop was a Boston Housing Officer. She has done a tremendous job in community policing outreach. She knows who the people are, in the areas of her responsibility, she knows them personally and that particular piece of information played a vital role in identifying the people responsible. I also want to stress that I can talk a lot about the community side of this, and I can probably answer all questions that I can, but on the homicide side of things, that investigation is very active and ongoing, so I’m going to be limited in what I can say

QUESTION: Are these weapons linked in any way to any other shootings? Or anything… Are you looking outside the State? ANSWER (Rev Brown:) I want to answer the first question. I believe that the collaboration as relates to Reverend Brown, Rev Culppepper, and of the Urban League Reverend Darnell Williams and others… we will send a message: let’s work together, let’s not promote any more violence, let’s promote peace. Lets not rush to judgment. So that’s where the collaboration comes in because the Police Commissioner, not even the Boston Police can handle all of Boston residents as it relates to us getting out the message. So the more tight and consent our collaboration is, as it relates to a positive message, that will help, I believe, curtail some things. That’s what I believe our collaboration will help in this regard. QUESTION: So in addition to forums like this, is that message being given personally, out on the street, and from pulpits, and meetings … ANSWER (Rev Brown): Exactly. QUESTION: Commissioner, I know you can’t discuss an ongoing investigation, but it’s clear from the charges, that the shooter hasn’t been identified? ANSWER: Correct QUESTION:And what about the weapons? Are you looking at the possibility of other crimes, maybe out of state -- ANSWER I can’t comment about this specific investigation, but as a matter of protocol all the crime guns that we confiscate are tested against other crimes, so that’s part of every ongoing investigation. QUESTION: When did the ballistic and fingerprint evidence come back? Late yesterday, or -- ANSWER I can’t get into details of when exactly things happened, it is all part of an ongoing investigation. QUESTION:Is there anything also that can be said about why he (suspect Jerome Brody) would be in possession of the guns that were used in the Norfleet killing but would not be considered a suspect? ANSWER I would not comment on that. QUESTION: He’s from Everett. Do we know what his relationship to that neighborhood is, and his relationship to Norfleet? ANSWER I don’t know about if there’s any relationship with the victim. I can tell you that we have several addresses on this individual. Everett has been one that popped up most frequently… but he was found in Boston early this morning, so he moves around, I can't say exactly where he's from. QUESTION: There’s no connection to that neighborhood? Had he lived there -- ANSWER (Rev Williams): One of the reasons we were, that we stated is that we don’t want to focus on if he has or hasn’t a specific address. The reasons we’re being very specific about that is we don’t want people jumping to conclusions; that we're not saying he's from whatever or wherever. We don’t want people to read into anything, so that we can make sure we keep the peace, and we promote peace. Because if you say he’s from East Boston, then that raises the ire in East Boston. If you say he's from Jamaica Plain, that brings in another reaction. What we are trying to say, is we do know he’s from Everett, not from anyplace else at this point in time, because we're trying to scale it down, make sure that we work in collaboration with the police until this thing gets resolved. So that’s the reasons why we, why we're emphasizing that it's not where he's from or whatever- right now we know he's from Everett. QUESTION:But there was concern about, you know, retaliations, between gangs in that neighborhood. You know, we keep focusing on ‘don't rush to judgment', and you’re saying he's not related to gang violence ANSWER (Rev Williams): All were saying is that we're trying to get on the front side of it, to tell everybody to take a chill pill, take a step back, not read into it, and as a result, that’s why the three of us are standing here saying that we're in partnership so you don’t have an issue of someone speculating or guessing. So what we do know is evident, and what we don’t know is that which we're going to leave as the investigation pursues onward. QUESTION: Mr. Norfleet was known for his efforts to bring about peace, to try and maintain the truce. What the status of the truce? Is it a frazzled truce, is it in jeopardy, what’s the assessment about things? ANSWER (Rev Dickerson): The status of the truce is that it still ongoing. We simply don't know the circumstances around the death of Jahmol Norfleet. So as a result of that, we are looking at this community and police-driven justice approach, as a way to bring answers, and to bring some resolution to this issue. We cannot revert to street rationale or street justice at this point. Our communities are too fragmented by violence in order for us to try perpetuate that with speculation. We need to have community justice to prevail over street justice at this point. That’s the message we’re trying to get through. QUESTION:What was Mr. Brody’s status in between December 4th and this morning - had he been released by police? Had he been in custody at any point prior to his -- ? ANSWER He was not in custody. He was released, due to the circumstances surrounding the … (unable to transcribe) However, evidence was developed to link him directly to the vehicle he was operating.

Update on Florida Street Double Shooting

At about 9:35pm, officers from District 11responded to 91 Florida Street on a report for a person shot. On arrival officers discovered two people suffering from gun shot wounds. One victim was transported to the Boston Medical Center and is being treated for life threatening injuries. One victim was pronounced at the scene. Detectives urge anyone with information about this shooting to contact them at 617-343-4470 or remain anonymous by calling 800-494-TIPS.