Boston Police Officer Under Investigation Charged With Witness Intimidation

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Boston Police Officer that was under review by the anti-corruption division has been criminally charged after he allegedly took actions to try and scare the officer investigating him.

Officer Matthew Morrissey was arrested on Sunday and charged with Intimidation of a Witness and Harassment by both fellow Boston officers and the Milton Police Department, officials said. Morrissey was being investigated for his violation of city residency requirements, Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said in a statement.

“All of us in law enforcement are supposed to protect the residents of the municipalities in which we serve, and we are rightfully held to the highest standard,’’ Hayden said. “The actions of Officer Morrissey are troubling on many levels: he lied about where he lived, and he intimidated a fellow officer who had placed him on administrative leave.’’

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According to police, Morrissey had already been placed on administrative leave, and had been the subject of an internal investigation from the Boston Police Bureau of Professional Standards.

“Conduct such as this will not be accepted or ignored by the Boston Police Department. Our officers take an oath to uphold the law and will be held accountable to that very oath. This arrest serves as a clear reminder that the Boston Police Department holds its officers to the highest standards," Boston Superintendent-in-Chief Gregory Long said.

Morrissey was arraigned Monday in the Dorchester Division of Boston Municipal Court on his charges, officials said. It was there in court that Deputy Chief of Hayden's Special Prosecution Unit alleged that Morrissey had gone to the home of the anti-corruption officer and blocked access to the house with his truck, rolled down his window and stared at the fellow officer.

A judge released Morrissey on personal recognizance, ordering him to stay away from both the fellow officer's home and the anti-corruption division of the BPD. Officials said that a pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for April 21.

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