BR-123957 (Apr. 4, 2013) – Clarifying its interpretation of the Supreme Judicial Court’s Shepherd decision and the Board’s earlier rulings under Shepherd, the Board held that alcoholism did not mitigate a police officer’s unprovoked, off-duty instigation of a bar-room fight, where the claimant’s misconduct was so egregious and directly antithetical to the core function of a police officer.
BR-109103-A (Mar. 26, 2010) -- Although not convicted of a crime, it was undisputed that the claimant broke into a dwelling and a vehicle. Such conduct was a wilful disregard of the employer’s expectation that correctional officers not detract from the dignity of their law enforcement position.