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May 09, 2018 | Bob Dunn | Berkshire Eagle
Dale Eason disqualified himself from being a police officer when he falsified information on a report, an attorney representing the Pittsfield Police Department argued before the state's highest court.

But his attorney contended other officers have not been held to the same standard, and that an arbiter's ruling that he be reinstated should stand.

The Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments Monday over the city's effort to block the arbiter's ruling, which called for Eason to be reinstated following a three-day suspension for falsifying a police report.
March 31, 2018 | Brad Petrishen |
After a retrial sparked by a legal error, a Worcester Superior Court jury Friday awarded $885,000 to a Millbury official who alleged Worcester Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis' office fired him for reporting illegal campaign activity at the jail during the 2010 election.
November 06, 2017 | Bob Dunn | Berkshire Eagle
A former Monterey police sergeant who was denied reappointment to the force has filed a federal lawsuit against the town, its Select Board and Selectman Kenneth Basler, alleging civil rights violations and retaliation.

Sgt. Michael Johnson claims the Select Board declined to reappointment him as a full-time officer as retaliation for critical comments he made about the board during an unsuccessful campaign for election to an open seat in 2016.
July 14, 2017 | Bob Dunn | The Berkshire Eagle | Tim Burke Law Main Office
PITTSFIELD — The city has settled the second of two federal suits brought forward by former city police officers alleging, among other things, retaliation for raising concerns regarding hiring practices within the department.

That information comes on the heels of the disclosure that the city settled an earlier suit with former Pittsfield Police Officer Mark Lenihan for $120,000.
June 06, 2017 | Chris Lisinski | Lowell Sun | Tim Burke Law Main Office
Two Townsend residents filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging police violated state law and their constitutional rights by accessing and disseminating the residents' background information

Kelly Merrill, who was hired last fall as the town administrator's assistant, and boyfriend Adam Cotty are suing the town of Townsend, former Police Chief Robert Eaton and former Police Sgt. Randy Girard. Attorney Timothy Burke filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Worcester.

April 27, 2017 | Travis Anderson | Boston Globe | Tim Burke Law Main Office
A former Newton police chief who was fired in 2012 over allegations that he used vulgar and sexist language with female employees is entitled to back pay that an arbitrator previously awarded him, the Massachusetts Appeals Court has ruled.
December 29, 2016 | Tim Burke Law Main Office
A deputy commissioner with the Department of Correction who was fired for failing to discipline officers involved in the 2009 death of a Bridgewater State Hospital patient can bring a civil rights claim against the former secretary of public safety, a Superior Court judge has ruled
August 11, 2016 | Lexis Legal News | Tim Burke Law Main Office
A former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) worker may proceed with her gender bias and sexual harassment claims, the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 11, finding that the trial court erred when it required the plaintiff to present direct evidence of gender discrimination and show that the alleged conduct was both severe and pervasive to establish harassment
February 16, 2016 | Boston Globe | Evan Allen
A Malden police captain has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit with a whistleblower claim against the city and the police chief, alleging that officials obstructed his efforts to investigate two crimes involving Malden city employees, then reassigned him when he refused to back down.

Captain John Amirault, a 31-year veteran of the department, alleged he was blocked in his investigation into an alleged sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl at the Malden YMCA, by a suspect the police chief's brother had hired; the other investigation concerned stolen city funds.

December 11, 2014 | Mike Beaudet | my Fox Boston | Tim Burke Law Main Office
A road rage incident in Lexington that raised questions about whether police are protecting one of their own ends without criminal charges.
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