Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Another Boston Cop Disgraces the Badge

From the Boston Globe:

A 19-year-old prostitute feared no one would believe her if she said an off-duty Boston police officer repeatedly forced her to perform sex in his car. One night, she fled his car with a key piece of evidence: his badge.

It was a bold move, the woman’s lawyer said Tuesday. And later, the lawyer said, when Officer Michael LoPriore called the woman to get his badge back, the FBI was listening.

LoPriore, 37, of Everett, was charged in federal court Tuesday with depriving the woman of her rights by using his position as a police officer to coerce her to perform sex in September 2004.

In some circles (read: Amongst the peasantry), that also goes by the names of "rape" and "sexual assault", not to mention "solicitation of a prostitution" - albeit with the "donut shop discount" in effect. Normally, this behavior would warrant criminal charges, filed at the state level, as well. No word, yet, on whether the laws that apply to us regular folks will come into play here.

Join me, won't you, in not holding my breath.

Adam at Universal Hub asks, in regard to Officer Blowmebitch:

Aren't Boston officers supposed to live in Boston?

Not exactly.

The Boston Globe had a good article (which I blogged here) a couple years ago on this issue, exposing Mayor Menino's "residency requirements" for what they are - a complete and utter load of crap. Shocking, I know.

Boston Globe (4/19/04) excerpt :

A decade after Mayor Thomas M. Menino declared residency a cornerstone of his administration, more than two-thirds of city employees are still exempt from a law requiring Boston workers to live within city limits.

Just 4,836 of 16,695 city employees are subject to the residency ordinance, and most of those are workers who can least afford Boston’s skyrocketing housing costs - clerks, secretaries, laborers, and others at the bottom of the salary scale.

Meanwhile, higher-paid employees who are members of more powerful unions often have found ways to remain largely unaffected. Teachers secured an exemption through state legislation. Police superior officers refuse to abide by the law because it was never written in their union contract. Other unions have negotiated lenient grandfather clauses that allow the bulk of their members to remain exempt. And ever since unions challenged a rule that requires grandfathered employees to move to the city when they are promoted, it has not been enforced.

Read the whole thing.