Maybe Detective Michael DiMeglio is in charge of the Lynn Police Department’s Internal Affairs (IA) files… or maybe whoever is just took a page out of DiMeglio’s book. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the department that continues to employ an officer who failed to report or make any log of hitting me with his unmarked Lynn police caruiser would also fail to file complaints made against their officers. The Herculean task of attempting to get a reasonable response from the Lynn Police Department, after being hit by their officer’s car, having the accident covered up, being intimidated and threatened with false arrest when I tried to report the issues, and having the department fail to comply with the public records law has a new chapter. After Lynn Police Chief Kevin Coppinger sent a letter summarizing his IA investigation’s findings I submitted a records request for several things including the IA files of the officers involved in the incident.
The Lynn police responded – this time within ten days and with a list of records which is a step in the right direction in terms of the public records law – explaining that both officer David Fitzgerald, who refused to identify himself and then illegally refused to show his ID card, and Sergeant Thomas McDermott, who threatened me with false arrest and created a disturbance in the Lynn police station lobby with his yelling and belligerent behavior, have no IA files.
This means after investigating his officers and finding that they broke laws “at their discretion” Coppinger didn’t even file the complaints I made or the results of his investigation in their files.
Accountability at the Lynn Police Department does not exist and seemingly will not under Chief Coppinger. For the $180,000 the citizens of Lynn shell out to Coppinger, they deserve better than this guy.