Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others...

Quincy police captain 'blanket denies' domestic assault charge
QUINCY, Mass. —The attorney for a Quincy police captain charged with domestic assault and battery against his estranged, pregnant wife said Capt. Michael J. Miller "blanket denies" the allegation.

According to the Patriot Ledger, Quincy defense attorney Jack McGlone also said Miller's wife declined to press charges when she first contacted police in Plymouth, where she now lives.
So, this guy's a captain in Quincy, and magically his ex-wife initially declined to press charges? They're surprised about this? Isn't this how, oh, 99% of all domestic violence cases shake out? After she got out of the hospital she decided to press charges. You know, after she's had time to talk to people about, oh, domestic violence.

And what does his lawyer have to say about it?
"You're dealing with a captain. They're doting the i's, crossing the t's and they're going above board,” said McGone. “Because of who he is -- if he was just Joe Blow, (it) probably wouldn't have been an issue."
Right, it wouldn't have been an issue at all. Because the cops would have come to the house, taken him out at gunpoint, confiscated any weapons he had, and he would stand a very good chance of never seeing them again. Instead, he gets paid administrative leave and a pretty good chance of them dropping the charges.

Now, what about that Lautenberg Amendment? Granted, the Captain would have to be convicted, which at this point looks about as likely as an actual conservative ever getting elected to office again, but if he is convicted, he will have to give up his right to possess firearms forever. Going to be tough to be a cop that way, isn't it?

More equal than others indeed.

That is all.


Chris Byrne said...

No, he wouldn't have to be convicted. An outstanding warrant or indictment on a DV charge or any felony, or a DV restraining order/order of protection and you're a prohibited person until they are lifted or discharged.

The conviction is only required for the lifetime prohibition.

Ed said...

No conviction necessary for him to lose his job. In Quincy, all police officers are required to have a Massachusetts License to Carry Firearms in order to continue employment. The LTC is issued and revoked at the discretion of the Quincy Chief of Police under the "may issue" law.



Anonymous said...

Or, he could wind up like a couple of types I know (knew) of, who managed to wrangle to keep their job, and just left their pistol locked up at the station when they went home.

Yes, there were a couple of local PDs round these parts that did that. Officer gets DWI/DUI, or DV, they yank his gun -when he goes home- at the end of the day, and give it back to him the next.

More equal, indeed.