“Night Of Chaos” Recalled By Officers In Boston Student Death


Boston police Officer Rochefort Milien fired two shots from a pepper-pellet guns in the direction of a college student who was killed last year after a Boston Red Sox game, the Boston Globe reports. Milien he had no idea that the FN303 pepper-pellet gun could kill someone. ”Not in a million years,” he said. Victoria Snelgrove, 21, was pronounced dead last Oct. 21. The autopsy report and the interview transcript were two of hundreds of documents that prosecutors reviewed when deciding whether to bring criminal charges in connection with Snelgrove’s death. In what Conley’s office said yesterday was an unprecedented release of investigative files to the public, it granted the Globe’s request to review the files, along with more than 200 still photographs and video clips.

Conley said last week that none of the officers will face criminal charges. On Friday, Police Commissioner Kathleen M. O’Toole demoted the overall commander that night, James M. Claiborne, from superintendent to captain; suspended two officers who shot fans; and issued written reprimands to two other officers who did not secure evidence after the shootings. The commander outside Fenway Park, former deputy superintendent Robert E. O’Toole, was criticized for poor decisions that led to Snelgrove’s death. O’Toole, who is not related to the commissioner, retired in June, thus avoiding any departmental punishment.

Link: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2005/09/21/in_snelgrove_files_officer

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