After two long years, Fall River has finally settled with a man wrongly arrested for recording police.Read More
Fall River mother of four Monica Velozo provided The Bay State Examiner with a video of Fall River police officer Keith Pires barging into her home on July 26 for no apparent reason. In the video, Pires threatens to arrest her and report her to the Department of Children and Families when she refuses to go upstairs, then grabs at her phone.
The short video clip begins with Pires already in the doorway and Velozo very agitated, and the situation quickly escalates.
Velozo said she was very scared, but decided to release the footage anyway.
“I am a mother to four and this can't continue. We should feel safe when we see a police car not have a panic attack,” she said.
According to Velozo, Pires showed up at her home to respond to a domestic issue that had been resolved prior to his arrival. “I told [my father] to leave,” she explained. “30 minutes later cops are here. I went downstairs to let them know they will not be coming upstairs because that's where my children were.... Long story short my dad said he would be back next week, so I asked the officer how I could make sure that didn't happen.”
“He charged up my porch and by the time I hit record he was already pushing his way into my hallway. That's why when the video starts, I'm backing up because he was pointing in my face and pushing himself forward,” Velozo said.
In the video, Pires threatens: “I’m gonna tell you the last time, okay? Go upstairs or you’re gonna get locked up, okay? That’s number one, okay, and I will call DCF on you. You understand that?” Pires grabs at the Velozo’s camera immediately after making the threat. Velozo’s voice becomes even more agitated as she tells Pires that what he is doing is illegal. Pires backs off from her, then addresses her boyfriend Shawn while she continues to protest his actions.
“He just grabbed my phone out of my hand. I’m posting it and everybody’s getting fired,” Velozo says in the video. Pires responds, “Okay, I’m gonna tell you what. I’m gonna notify DCF [unintelligible...] Okay? That’s being done,” Pires responds.
“I thought for sure I was going to get arrested when I told him I was recording. His eyes were scary. Very intimidating man,” Velozo said.
The video doesn’t show how the interaction began, but shows enough to conclude that Pires was out of control. He entered the home aggressively with no warrant on a call for a domestic incident that had already ended before his arrival. He threatened and physically attacked Velozo in her own home for refusing to go upstairs. And he used the threat of calling DCF to try to force her to comply with his demands.
The unreasonableness of Pires’s entry into the home is demonstrated by that fact he never claimed that he suspected anyone inside of committing a crime, and he left shortly after entering. Pires actions seem to be part of a pattern. Last year, Fall River police officer Thomas Barboza barged onto the porch of resident George Thompson, shoved him to the ground, and arrested him after he became upset that the man was recording him.
Barboza faced no penalty for the wrongful arrest, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Pires would behave in a similarly aggressive way. For this reason, Fall River Police Chief Dan Racine deserves some of the blame for Pires' actions. The Fall River police non-emergency number is (508) 676-8511. You can also find the department on Facebook.
The saga of George Thompson, the Fall River man who was arrested for recording a police officer, is emblematic of America's tiered justice system, where ordinary people are punished just for exercising their rights, but powerful people like police officers face no repercussions whatsoever even when the brazenly break the law.
George Thompson was arrested by Fall River police officer Thomas Barboza in January, 2014 after he used his iPhone to record the officer even though recording police is protected by the First Amendment. While Thompson was still facing wiretapping and resisting arrest charges, a police department employee wiped his phone, destroying the video and all other data on it. The police department tried to blame Thompson for deleting the video, claiming without evidence that he might have used a cloud service to do it, until a company they hired to examine the phone determined a police employee had done it.Read More
After the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office, the authority on the Massachusetts public records law, ordered the Fall River Police Department to comply with a public records request from The Bay State Examiner, the police department has simply refused to follow the law.
On December 5, 2014, the secretary's office ordered the police to revise the fee estimate for a public records request. The request was related to a case from last year during which Fall River resident George Thompson was attacked and wrongfully arrested for recording a police officer after he caught the officer talking on his phone and profusely swearing while he was supposed to be working a detail. The police said they would charge $1 per page for records, but the law generally only allows government agencies 20 cents per page for photocopies and 50 cents per page for computer printouts. The police were told to provide the revised fee estimate within 10 days.Read More
Yesterday, Fall River voters booted William Flanagan out of the mayor's office and replaced him with Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter in a recall election. According to The Herald News:
Amid tears and cheers, Will Flanagan conceded office after a landslide recall election ousted the third-term mayor, who will be replaced by his former boss, Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, out of a slate of eight candidates...
Voters, in a historic move for the city, chose to recall Flanagan by nearly 70 percent, with 10,631 voting for the recall and 4,669 voting against the recall.
As well, Sutter handily defeated Flanagan with 36.77 percent of the vote to Flanagan’s 26.83 percent, or 6,021 to 4,393.
We previously reported on how Flanagan refused to open an independent investigation of the Fall River Police Department after George Thompson was wrongfully arrested for recording a police officer and police wiped the data off his phone while it was in their custody.
We later reported on how the thin-skinned mayor was trying to have his estranged cousin John Creeden, a recall supporter, put in jail over a satirical Facebook post. Flanagan claimed that a picture Creeden posted of a tombstone with the name “Flanagan” with the added text “The Last Selfie” constituted a threat. Creeden said it was a satirical reference to the predicted end of Flanagan’s political career. The mayor later gave up and dropped the case.
Between his carefree tolerance of police corruption, his love of censorship, and his casual waste of taxpayer money, we're happy to see Flanagan get the boot.
George Thompson has filed a federal lawsuit against Fall River Police Officer Thomas Barboza, who wrongfully arrested him earlier this year for video-recording.
“There was no excuse for Officer Barboza to arrest me. His actions showed a blatant disregard for my constitutional right to videotape police officers in public. Police officers need to be held accountable when they violate the law,” Thompson said in a press release.
David Milton, the attorney representing Thompson, said: “Recording the police is a critical, well-established First Amendment right. Officer Barboza’s unhappiness that he was being recorded does not make Mr. Thompson’s exercise of this fundamental right a crime.”
Milton, along with attorney Howard Friedman, previously represented Simon Glik in his high profile lawsuit against three Boston police officers who arrested him for recording. That case led to a federal precedent that recording police and other public officials is a well-established right protected by the First Amendment and resulted in a $170,000 settlement for Glik.
Thompson's lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Boston earlier today, seeks monetary damages for violations of Thompson's civil rights as well as legal fees.
Thompson was shoved to the ground and arrested by Barboza in January as he stood on his porch recording the officer with his iPhone. Thompson said he began recording Barboza because he was talking loudly on his cell phone and swearing while working a detail. Thompson was charged with wiretapping and resisting arrest.
After the arrest, the data on Thompson's phone was wiped while the device was still in police custody. The Fall River police tried to blame Thompson, saying that he must have reset it using a cloud service, but an outside company examined the phone and determined that a member of the police department was responsible.
The charges against Thompson were dropped on April 11, but police refused to return his phone so that they could investigate how it was reset. Police did not give Thompson his phone back until May 28, after he obtained a court order requiring them to return it.
Barboza has still not been held accountable for his actions by the police department. Thompson filed a complaint after he was arrested and Barboza was punished with a one-day suspension and prohibited from working details for 15 days because he was talking on the phone and swearing when he was supposed to be working, however, he still has not been punished for wrongfully arresting Thompson.
When Thompson was still facing charges, Police Chief Daniel Racine said during an interview with WPRI that he supported Barboza's decision to arrest Thompson. Racine has still never publicly admitted that the arrest was wrongful.
The person responsible for tampering with Thompson's phone has also still not been held accountable by the department. Racine told WPRI that if it turned out that a member of the police department wiped the phone, he would fire them, but he later went back on his word when that turned out to be the case. When the Racine announced that a member of the police department wiped the phone, he claimed that "the action was not malicious," although he did not say how he came to that conclusion or who was responsible.
Update (12/9/14): The Herald News has the police department's reaction to the news of the lawsuit:
It is not clear if the city will represent Barboza in defense of the lawsuit.
“If it is something job-related, the city represents its employees,” said Lt. Ronald Furtado, a department spokesman.
“We haven’t been served with the suit. When we receive notice, we will address it.”
As the movement to recall Fall River Mayor William Flanagan has picked up steam, members of the city's political establishment have been turning to the police and courts to try to jail their critics over mocking posts on the Facebook group "Threw Up in Fall River," as we've previously reported. John Creeden, a cousin of Flanagan, previously faced charges brought on by both Fall River Corporation Council Elizabeth Sousa and the mayor. Sousa accused Creeden of "accosting" her after he posted a picture of her with a vulgar caption suggesting she had a sexual relationship with the mayor. The mayor accused Creeden of intimidation after he posted of a picture of a tombstone with the name “Flanagan” with the added text “The Last Selfie,” which Creeden said was merely a reference to the predicted end of the mayor’s career as a politician.
Creeden insisted that both pictures were just pieces of satire protected by the First Amendment and beat both charges. Flanagan agreed to dismiss the charge he sought and a clerk magistrate dismissed the charge brought by Sousa.
Now, a second member of the group has beaten an "accosting" charge, this one brought on by a city councilor who supports the mayor. According to The Herald News:
A clerk magistrate dismissed City Councilor Pat Casey’s attempt to press criminal charges against a Fall River man who posted an inappropriate illustration with her name on Facebook.
Casey, 79, a city councilor for 17 years, said she will pursue a civil case against the individual who posted the picture meme on the “Threw Up in Fall River” private group page on Facebook.
“I still think it’s terrible that you have to put up with such bad things,” Casey said. “They feel as if this is about freedom of expression, but to me, it’s not.”
During a Nov. 20 show-cause hearing in Fall River District Court, a clerk magistrate found no probable cause to sustain a charge of accosting or annoying a person of the opposite sex, said defense attorney Patrick McDonald, who represented Jason Ramalho, the individual who allegedly posted the inappropriate meme.
“There was no threat found with the posting. There was neither a veiled or an actual threat,” said McDonald, who also represented John F. Creeden...
McDonald said he filed the same brief he used in the Creeden case to argue against Casey’s request.
I'm glad to hear the clerk magistrates in Fall River have enough common sense to throw out cases like these. Hopefully by now, the politicians and bureaucrats in Fall River have learned that it's better to grow a thicker skin than to try to throw people in jail over mockery and gossip.
In related news, as the December mayoral recall election draws near, CommonWealth magazine reports on a strange possibility: even if Flanagan is recalled, he may still be able to win back the mayor's office due to the large number of candidates on the ballot:
Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan may pull off one of the most improbable election victories in history in three weeks: the odds are pretty good that voters on the same day will recall him from office for a variety of alleged misdeeds and then immediately reelect him.
The recall effort is gaining momentum because concern about Flanagan’s mayoralty has reached a fever pitch. But on the same ballot where voters are being asked to weigh in on the recall, they will also be asked to select a replacement. Flanagan has thrown his hat in the ring, along with seven other candidates. The early betting is that Flanagan’s rivals will split the vote and the recalled mayor will return to office...
The potential for that [outcome] to become reality was set in motion earlier this month when Judge Thomas McGuire Jr. ruled that the Dec. 16 vote for mayor will not be a preliminary election, with the top two finishers moving on to a runoff in January. That means all Flanagan needs to win is to gain a plurality of the votes cast. McGuire also gave Flanagan a bit of a lift, ruling that his name should be placed atop the ballot because of state election laws that mandate that incumbents be listed first. It was a win-win for Flanagan, who agreed he feels optimistic that the ducks are lining up for him to keep his job.
CommonWealth speculates that the other person most likely to win the election is Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, which would be an interesting outcome considering Flanagan previously worked under Sutter at the district attorney's office:
[Shannon] Jenkins, [a] UMass Dartmouth professor, said most people in the area believe Sutter has the best chance of defeating Flanagan. With his name recognition and campaign machine, Sutter could pull in the majority of votes from those who want change in what she thinks will be a low-turnout affair.
Whatever the outcome is, only time will tell.
During a recent talk at Talbot Middle School, Fall River Police Chief Dan Racine spoke out against the militarization of police. He also emphasized the importance of accountability for police who engage in misconduct. According to The Herald News:
In his remarks at Talbot, Racine stressed the philosophy of "community policing" - which emphasizes close relationships and cooperation between police officers and local residents. Racine added that any police officer guilty of breaking the public's trust through unethical or criminal behavior should be held accountable.
"If he or she didn't do the right thing, then they should be prosecuted," Racine said.
Those are pretty words, but I imagine Racine had his fingers crossed when he said them.
Earlier this year, Fall River resident George Thompson used his iPhone to record Officer Thomas Barboza who he saw talking on his cell phone and loudly swearing when he was supposed to be working a detail. Barboza responded by barging onto Thompson's property, shoving him to the ground, and wrongfully arresting him for wiretapping and resisting arrest. The Massachusetts wiretapping law makes it a felony to secretly record someone's voice, but there was nothing secret about what Thompson did. Barboza actually wrote in his own report that he saw Thompson's cellphone and that Thompson said he was recording twice.
Did Racine respond by having Barboza arrested? Nope. In fact, he went on TV to show his support for the wrongful arrest. "You cannot surreptitiously record people, people – not public officials – in Massachusetts," Racine told WPRI, repeating the lie that Thompson secretly recorded Barboza. "That’s the state of the law."
While Thompson's phone was in police custody, it's memory was somehow wiped. Racine claimed that if a police officer was responsible for wiping the phone, they would be held accountable. "If a Fall River police officer erased that video, he’s fired and I would suspect the district attorney would take out charges," Racine told WPRI.
Was that true? Again, nope. After prosecutors dropped the charges against Thompson, Racine hired an outside company to examine Thompson's phone. When the company determined that a Fall River police officer had wiped the phone by activating a security feature by repeatedly entering incorrect passwords into it, Racine did nothing.
"It is apparent that the data on the iPhone was ‘wiped,’ but the action was not malicious,” Racine said in a press release. That's pretty hard to believe since Racine did not identify the officer who was responsible or even explain why they were trying to gain access to Thompson's phone in the first place.
If Racine is an example of a police chief who believes strongly in accountability, I'd really hate to see a police chief who doesn't.
The Bay State Examiner has been keeping up with the Fall River mayoral recall effort against Mayor William Flanagan. In previous coverage, we highlighted the mayor and his staff using their court connections and the Fall River police against recallers and others who post on the Facebook group “Threw Up in Fall River.”
Since the previous report, the mayor has dropped the “intimidation of a witness” charge against John Creeden, as confirmed by The Herald News. Flanagan claimed that a picture Creeden posted of a tombstone with the name "Flanagan" with the added text "The Last Selfie" constituted a threat. Creeden said it was a satirical picture referencing the predicted end of Flanagan's career as a politician.
“Although I do not condone Mr. Creeden’s actions, based upon advice of counsel, I will not go forward with the complaint," Flanagan said after dropping the charge.
The courts have thrown out Fall River Corporation Council Elizabeth Sousa's case against John Creeden. Sousa claimed she was accosted by Creeden when he posted a picture of her with a vulgar caption suggesting she had a sexual relationship with the mayor.
Creeden sent The Bay State Examiner a photo of the dismissal motion:
In a statement to The Bay State Examiner, Creeden's lawyer Patrick McDonald said:
The motion to dismiss was allowed. The motion was to dismiss the charges prior to arraignment. John has a date of November 19, 2014 at which time the court will formally dismiss the case prior to arraignment. It will not appear on Mr. Creeden's record. The motion was allowed by Judge Deborah Dunn on the day it was argued on 10/20/2014. For an accosting [charge] the language must be disorderly and offensive. In this case the language had to contain a threat either real or implicit. The court found that the posts did not meet the disorderly requirement and did not contain a threat or veiled threat.
Given that both Flanagan and Sousa previously worked for the district attorney whose office was prosecuting Creeden, shouldn't they have known better than to try to push forward with these groundless cases? Fall River residents favoring Mayor Flanagan’s recall have been citing this kind of casual waste of taxpayer dollars as grounds for his removal. This December, Fall River residents will have the opportunity to thank Flanagan for these, and other dubious actions by him and his staff, by giving him the boot.
Watch our previous video about the Fall River mayoral recall here:
The events surrounding the ongoing mayoral recall movement in Fall River are frankly hard to believe and hard to follow.
The Bay State Examiner reported extensively on the wrongful arrest of George Thompson for recording Fall River Police Officer Thomas Barboza with his iPhone. In a related interview earlier this year, Mayor William Flanagan explained that he had “full confidence” in the police department and Police Chief Daniel Racine despite the blatant wrongdoing in Thompson’s case. Chief Racine and the Fall River Police Department appear to be repaying this confidence by assisting the embattled mayor.
Mayor Flanagan faces a recall election after a petition successfully gathered enough signatures to force a vote. Recallers cite city issues including high unemployment, financial blunders, out of control police, safety issues, and a controversial “pay as you throw” trash collection scheme as reasons for recalling Flanagan. Flanagan’s honesty and ethics are now in question too.
The tactics used by the recallers offer insight into social media era grassroots politics. One major source of momentum for the recall is a closed Facebook group called “Threw Up in Fall River,” a parody of the page “Grew Up in Fall River.” The parody page, which describes itself as "a virtual wasteland designed for any person in Fall River to voice their opinions about whatever they choose," gathered steam as people posted humorous pictures and memes mocking Mayor Flanagan. It has since come under legal fire for the sometimes inappropriate tone posters take when describing local politicians.
Interspersed on Threw Up in Fall River with the mockery are the genuine gripes of community members. The page has helped reveal just how widely unpopular the mayor is and has helped unite many unhappy residents.
The loosely assembled group of angry citizens decided to petition for a recall. Their first two attempts to submit recall paperwork were rejected due to formatting issues, but Jordan Silvia, an ex-police officer who now works as a clerk for a defense attorney, drafted a third set of recall papers that were finally approved.
Once the recall petition paperwork was accepted, the crew of political outsiders hit the streets collecting signatures and, because of the Threw Up in Fall River following, already had an online community of people ready and willing to sign. The recallers have also made their cause more visible by showing up in person at public meetings and the mayor’s events.
Throughout the campaign, Mayor Flanagan has turned himself into a living example of the sacred internet rule “Don’t feed the troll.” Each time Flanagan has reacted to the recallers has been a political disaster which, of course, has helped fuel further mockery. Flanagan, who used to be an assistant district attorney, has responded to the recallers by using the police and courts against them.
John Creeden, an active poster on the Threw Up in Fall River page and the mayor’s cousin, was slapped with criminal charges for posting a picture of Fall River’s Corporation Council attorney Elizabeth Sousa, who works under the mayor. The picture was taken from her Facebook and had vulgar text referencing Sousa performing her “best lawyers [sic] work” on her knees. Creeden claims he did not add the text, but did post the picture with the comment “Looks like the mayor's secretary needs to take some dictation.”
Some members of the recall group allege that the mayor and attorney are engaged in a sexual relationship and that the picture was posted as political satire. When Creeden sat down with The Bay State Examiner, he explained that he didn't make his comments with malice and was “kind of happy that the mayor,” who is married, “had a girlfriend.”
Creeden claims the Mayor threatened him in a series of phone calls when the image was first posted. Creeden said he filed an intimidation complaint against the mayor, but it was dismissed after a probable cause hearing.
The charges sought by the Corporation Council attorney and the mayor’s office against Creeden were in the harassment or stalking category, but according to Creeden the only potential violation Magistrate John O’Neil allowed to move forward to a hearing was a charge under M.G.L. c. 272 § 53.
According to the statute:
(a) Common night walkers, common street walkers, both male and female, persons who with offensive and disorderly acts or language accost or annoy persons of the opposite sex, lewd, wanton and lascivious persons in speech or behavior, keepers of noisy and disorderly houses, and persons guilty of indecent exposure shall be punished by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than 6 months, or by a fine of not more than $200, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(b) Disorderly persons and disturbers of the peace, for the first offense, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $150. On a second or subsequent offense, such person shall be punished by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than 6 months, or by a fine of not more than $200, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Mayor Flanagan publicly endorsed the charge, telling The Herald News that “No man has the right to refer to any woman in an obscene or vulgar way.”
One thing to note about the Facebook post is that it was published in a closed group not accessible to the general public. Sousa did not have access to the page, so the accusation that Creeden accosted her is hard to understand in this context. Creeden said that he didn't even know who Sousa was when he commented on the picture and had not met her until he was brought into court to face her.
Furthermore, Mayor Flanagan, a former Assistant District Attorney, and Elizabeth Sousa previously worked for current District Attorney Sam Sutter, suggesting a conflict of interest in the prosecution.
The absurd saga continued with a now famous early morning car ride involving a conversation about the recall and the mayor’s firearm during which Flanagan allegedly threatened City Councilor Jasiel Correia, who had signed the recall petition. What exactly happened during this bizarre meeting is in dispute, but what is not in dispute is that the mayor and two other men met with the city councilor in the early morning and took them for a ride during which he displayed a firearm and spoke about the recall.
Councilor Correia, who told his side of the story on the radio, said that the mayor attempted to intimidate him into filing a false police report that would accuse the recallers, and Jordan Silvia specifically, of intimidating him into signing the recall petition. Mayor Flanagan denies threatening or intimidating Correia.
Correia reported the incident to Chief Racine, who said he “put the mayor on notice.” The Fall River police sat on the incident without taking any investigatory action for about two weeks before the councilor went on the radio and told his story. The police say that they didn’t act because Corriea didn’t press charges, but Silvia pointed out that Correia was not the only potential victim.
Jordan Silvia sat down for an interview with us and explained the personal repercussions he could have faced if Correia had accused him of threats.
“I started, along with a group of numerous people, this recall petition process to get rid of the mayor and what happened as a result was completely unimaginable and it has turned my life into turmoil,” Silvia said. “The conversation [during the car ride] according to the city councilor was regarding me and how I am on probation… because I was in this precarious position as a probationer… which would, if I was ever found to violate that, subject me back to the original charges [up to 30 years in prison]. That is why the mayor, according to the city councilor, was asking him to file a false police report against me. I have a pregnant wife at home. I have a one year old son at home. What the mayor was trying to do is was have me ripped from my family on false allegations.”
“Because I was trying to just have next November's election this November he decided to take all these actions against me,” Silvia said. “I could never in my life do to anyone what this man tried to do to me.”
Since Correia initially reported the alleged intimidation by the mayor, the district attorney appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the incident due to prior relationships with both the mayor and Correia, whom he has known since the young city councilor was in middle school.
In another strange move that feels like it was ripped from a “who’s the dad” episode of a trashy daytime talk show, Mayor Flanagan recently took a polygraph test which he says shows he did not intimidate Councilor Correia with his firearm. During the press conference announcing the test results, Flanagan’s lawyer admitted the test is not admissible in court.
Having not yet worked the system hard enough, Flanagan swore out an affidavit alleging that another Facebook post by John Creeden was threatening and constituted intimidation of a witness. Creeden posted a picture of a gravestone with the name “Flanagan” with the text “the last selfie.”
“Mayor Flanagan was putting up everyday selfies of him, so he just took something like 800 selfies in a matter of two months,” Creeden said. “It was just funny. When I said 'the last selfie' I meant it as an end to his political career.”
“[The report of intimidation] was sworn out four days before my hearing with Liz Sousa [over the derogatory Facebook post]. I would like to ask the mayor what witness were you because in the [first hearing] he said he wasn’t a witness. This is basically perjury,” Creeden said.
“I am the only person through all this stuff [being charged], the day I went to court with Liz Sousa they [posters on Threw up in Fall River] superimposed two pictures of [Sousa] and Casey Anthony. Basically they were comparing her to a baby killer, yet that person was never 'brought to justice,'” he added.
On October 10, John Creeden was back in court over the accosting charge, but the district attorney's office asked for more time because they were not prepared. Patrick McDonald, Creeden's lawyer, said the charges should be thrown because Creeden's actions don't fit the statute and are protected by the First Amendement. He also pointed to the conflict of interest in the district attorney prosecuting Creeden on behalf of a former employee. The next hearing is scheduled for October 20.
Meanwhile, on the very same day, City Councilor Pat Casey, a Flanagan supporter, filed a police report seeking charges over a separate Facebook post in Threw Up in Fall River that she claims was inappropriate.
Also on the same day, Jordan Silvia posted this comment on Threw Up in Fall River at 10:55 PM:
A few hours ago, I was driving my car with my 1 YEAR OLD SON, and PREGNANT WIFE in the car. I heard what sounded like a flat tire. I subsequently discovered 2 missing lug nuts and a third about to fall off of one of my tires. I subsequently called the #FRPD in an attempt to report the incident to them, which they told me to either drive to the station, or report the incident #Online.
I went online, and the only type of report that was similar was a vehicle vandalism report, and provided examples such as your car was #Keyed or some glass was broken.Make no mistake about it, this wasn't #FUCKINGVandalism, this was an attempt to #SeverlyInjureMyFamily.
So we now live in a city, where Mayor's can go around intimidating people with guns into filing false police reports and #AndNothingHappens. Someone can try to hurt my pregnant wife and small son, and #NothingHappens. But if John Creeden post an unflattering #FacebookPicture of the Mayor's #AllegedFloozy, they send in the #FuckingFRPDBrass. This city is an #AbsoluteFuckingJoke.
The post was followed up with an update saying that the Fall River police had voided Silvia’s online complaint and that they had taken a proper complaint in person. Silvia confirmed the incident to me by text.
City Councilor Raymond Mitchell is also now calling for another investigation into the mayor after new windows seemingly appeared on the sixth floor of Government Center without any payment made or contract signed.
Throughout these ordeals, Mayor Flanagan has declared time and again that he will continue on in the role as mayor and he plans to win the recall vote. Flanagan categorizes the recall as a minority trying to usurp the rule of the majority and his lawyer is attempting to secure an injunction against the recall vote being held.
The recall vote will be held in December, but the shenanigans show no signs of stopping. Get your popcorn ready.