A chasm between Boston's feuding top law enforcement chiefs grew deeper yesterday after the district attorney snubbed Boston's police commissioner in announcing a high-profile murder arrest, says the Boston Herald. The newspaper says the incident raises “serious questions about whether the men can work together to attack the public safety crisis.” District Attorney Dan Conley did not alert Police Commissioner Edward Davis that Angela Vasquez, 31, was being charged in connection with the deaths of her two children, Yasmine, 13, and Dennis, 10, yesterday and then held a press availability without inviting the top cop.
The two men have not resolved a feud that began last month when the district attorney publicly chastised the BPD commissioner for shaking up the homicide unit without consulting him. A rankled Mayor Thomas Menino yesterday stood by Davis – and dissed the district attorney. City Councilor Stephen Murphy, public safety chairman, said, “This is petty politics at its worst to have the DA not communicate an arrest with the police commissioner.”