Archives for March 2013

Ayer MA employees, officials rally to support police chief

by Mary E. Arata | published in Nashoba Publishing

Dozens of Ayer employees and officials swarmed the selectmen’s meeting room Thursday night in a show of force for Ayer Police Chief William . Murray was the subject of a closed door board meeting regarding 9 selectmen-initiated “complaints” against Ayer’s top cop.

The audience was packed with town employees, officials and department heads, including the Treasurer, Fire Chief, DPW Supt., Building Commissioner, Town Accountant, Assessors administrator, Town Moderator, Council on Aging Director, the Police Lieutenant, patrolmen and fire fighters. Many expressed support for Murray.

As required by the Open Meeting Law, the board first convened in open session. Fay cited the separate exemptions the board would rely upon to legally discuss matters under so-called ‘executive session’ cover.

First, the board was to consider “complaints against a public officer.” Fay asserted that Exemption #1 of the Open Meeting Law applied to the closed door discussion. [Read more…]

RJA successfully defends member of the Fall River Police Department in matter before the Massachusetts Appeals Court

In 2005, a detective in the Fall River Police Department’s Vice and Intelligence Unit received information from a confidential informant regarding individuals dealing drugs in the City. The detective investigated the situation, including using the confidential informant to make a controlled purchase of drugs, and ultimately the individuals involved were arrested, prosecuted and convicted.

In 2009, one of the convicted individuals sent to the Fall River Police Department a public records request looking for copies of certain material related to the investigation. That request for documents was denied by the detective, to whom the request was forwarded because of his familiarity with the case. Following the denial of the public records request, the detective was sued by the individual in Superior Court. [Read more…]