Boston Police officer lied, used
The Boston Globe reported
on a pending civil rights case handled by
Nardizzi Inc.: Boston police officer Officer David C. Williams has
been placed on paid administrative leave for using unreasonable
force while arresting a man in the North End in 2009. Williams then
lied about the episode to department investigators, according to an
Internal Affairs Division report obtained by the Globe. Our client
Michael P. O’Brien, a 30-year-old Middlesex County
corrections officer, filed a complaint against Williams and five
other officers who arrested him on Hanover Street on the night of
March 16, 2009. Williams smashed O’Brien’s head into a
concrete sidewalk and choked him, angry that O’Brien was
videotaping Williams and his partner with a cellphone as they
responded to a minor traffic accident.
This will prove a test of Police Commissioner Edward F.
Davis’s policy of dismissing officers who lie in the line of
duty, to internal affairs investigators, or in court.
Williams was among the Boston Police officers found responsible for
the notorious 1995 beating (and subsequent coverup) of a
plainclothes officer, Michael Cox. Williams and the cops said they
mistook Cox, who is black, for a murder suspect they were chasing.
Cox was nearly beaten to death by fellow officers on on a dead-end
street in Mattapan. Cox later sued the city and won $817,000.
Williams continues to represent the city as a police officer.
The photo in the Globe article is not Williams; the Globe printed a