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Videotape Shows Police Chief Breaking Into Office

July 5, 1985

CHELSEA, Mass. (AP) _ Mayor James Mitchell will decide next week whether to take action against the police chief and two officers who were videotaped by a private detective as they allegedly broke into the acting chief’s office.

Mitchell, who hired the private detective, showed the tape Wednesday at a public hearing to determine whether there is evidence to act against the chief, Charles H. Wilson and officers Francis J. Belanger and John R. Phillips Jr.

Mitchell suspended the three without pay Monday for five days.

The mayor first suspended Wilson a year ago, saying he countermanded orders to revamp the police department. A judge on June 24 ordered Wilson reinstated but stayed the order to give Mitchell time to appeal.

The tape, made June 25 by James O. Mills, was shown at the request of Mitchell’s attorney, Alfred Bielitz Jr. It purportedly shows the men removing the lock from the door of acting chief Edward R. Rogers’s office.

Mitchell, who accused the men of breaking and entering and destroying city property, was hearing officer. He has 10 days to decided whether to take further action.

Rogers testified Wednesday that Wilson had no authority to enter his office.

″He committed mutiny,″ Rogers said after leaving the stand. ″He broke into my office without my or the mayor’s knowledge.″

Wilson refused to be sworn in or speak when he took the witness stand or to respond to the mayor’s offer to review evidence during the proceeding.

A woman who identified herself Thursday night as Mrs. Wilson said he was not home and not available for comment.

No phone numbers for Phillips or Belanger were listed in the directory.

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