WCVB has uncovered two examples of high-ranking Revere police officers who have been allowed to keep their jobs despite losing the right to carry firearms years ago, including one whose gun was taken away after he was convicted of drunk driving:
WCVB notes that since the current police chief has taken over, the department has adopted a "zero tolerance policy" and made being convicted of a crime a fire-able offense. But that still raises the question of why the department hasn't always fired officers who were convicted of crimes and why it can't go back and fire officers who were convicted of crimes in the past.
Earlier this year, a Revere police officer was able to resign -- rather than be fired -- after he reportedly admitted to stealing money from the police department, although in this case no charges have been filed against the officer yet. According to the Revere Journal:
A Revere Police Officer resigned earlier this year after admitting that he stole money used in a controlled drug buy last December.
Former Officer Carlos Amaro resigned several months ago when faced with the allegations, but City officials have been slow to confirm or explain what led to that resignation.
Just recently, in a filing on an unrelated case, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley’s Office detailed the circumstances surrounding Amaro’s resignation.
According to that document, on Dec. 27, 2013, Revere Police had been conducting a drug investigation and executed a search warrant at the target’s apartment. Inside the target’s coat, police located an unknown amount of cash that had been used earlier in a controlled, undercover drug buy.
The DA’s filing indicated that Officer Amaro stole the money in the coat between the initial Revere Police search and the follow-up search by the State Police.
It also indicated he admitted to the theft.