Yesterday, a small group friends and family members of Denis Reynoso rallied along the route of Lynn's Memorial Day parade to show their support for the Iraq war veteran who was shot to death last September.
Reynoso did not die overseas; he was gunned down in his own home, in front of his five-year old son, by a Lynn police officer. In January, the Essex County District Attorney's Office released a four-and-a-half page report about the shooting that cleared the three officers who were involved of any criminal wrongdoing.
After the report was released, The Bay State Examiner made a public records request to the district attorney's office and received a large number of documents related to the Reynoso shooting. After reviewing the documents, I found discrepancies in the story told by the police and important information that never made it into the district attorney’s report which I detailed in an article published in March.
I was not able to attend the Memorial Day rally for Reynoso, but my friend Matthew Krawitz shared a number of photographs he took with me.
Krawitz said the rally was fairly uneventful. He said about a dozen people showed up, including Reynoso's fiancee Jessica Spinney.
"It was relatively impromptu. Jessica called for the meet on Friday. We promoted it a bit, and brought flyers and stickers," he told me.
The flyer that was handed out called for "a new, impartial investigation" of the Reynoso shooting and encouraged people to call Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, City Council President Tim Phelan, and the district attorney's office.
Krawitz said a few parade marchers, including at least one city official, thanked the group for being there.
The Bay State Examiner is currently involved in a battle to get more records related to the Reynoso shooting released. While the district attorney's office released a number of records about the shooting earlier this year, they also refused to disclose a number of other records including police radio transmissions, 9-1-1 calls, emails, and statements made by Reynoso's son.
Earlier this month, The Bay State Examiner filed an appeal with the Supervisor of Records, the state agency which is responsible for oversight of the public records law. We are currently waiting for a resolution to the appeal.