0002 5114 03 (Feb. 25, 2014) - Police officer was disqualified under G.L. c. 151A, § 25(e)(2), because he violated his chief’s order not to take any action that would tend to discourage, persuade, or retaliate against a particular witness with respect to that witness’s truthful cooperation in the claimant’s pending disciplinary proceedings. The fact that the witness was the claimant’s best friend and that the claimant was understandably feeling anxiety did not mitigate the wilfulness of sharing detailed information about the investigation.
[Note: The Board of Review’s Decision has been affirmed by the District Court.]
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.