BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Suffolk County District Attorney Rachel Rollins has released a list of more than 100 law enforcement officers "whose credibility is questionable."
The Suffolk County Law Enforcement Automatic Discovery (LEAD) database was made public late Friday night, as hundreds of protestors marched through the streets of Boston demanding police reform in honor of Breonna Taylor.
The list includes the names of 136 former and current officers at multiple agencies, including Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police, Chelsea and Revere Police Departments, and the MBTA, "whose prior conduct could impact their credibility as witnesses in a court proceeding."
The LEAD list details each officer's alleged offense, whether it was previously made public, and whether it resulted in a disciplinary action, an indictment, arraignment, conviction, dismissal, or no prosecution.
It also includes any plea entered by an officer, and whether investigations are ongoing. It notes that 23 officers have been indicted, and 20 officers were convicted.
Many of the MSP officers on the Suffolk County LEAD database are charged in connection with the department's overtime scandal. Other charges on the list include Assault and Battery, Larceny: Theft During Execution of a Search Warrant, OUI - Serious Bodily Injury, Rape, and Witness Intimidation.
Other counties, including Norfolk and Middlesex, have already released their so-called "Brady Lists," or "do-not-call list" of officers who have engaged in, or been accused of, misconduct that would legally have to be disclosed by the DA to any defense.
Rollins said if testimony provided by prosecution witnesses is suspect, then so is the criminal legal system itself. She said the database will be one of the pillars of her office’s Integrity Review Bureau.
"As members of law enforcement, we are held to a higher standard. We in law enforcement cannot adequately perform our duties if the community does not trust us or believes that we lack integrity," Rollins said. "That does nothing to keep our communities safe; to solve crimes; and to foster, cultivate, and build mutual trust and respect between the police and the people and communities they serve."
"The LEAD database will help us ensure that the legal process works and people charged with crimes by our office receive all of the information they are entitled to in order to properly defend themselves. The constitution requires as much,’’ Rollins continued. “All of us in law enforcement must be beyond reproach because what we do impacts matters of life, death, and freedom for the general public.”
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