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Three Lowell Patrolmen on Paid Administrative Leave Amid Inquiry

December 7, 2018

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LOWELL -- The Police Department has formed a three-member Board of Inquiry to investigate three patrolmen who have been placed on paid administrative leave, The Sun has learned.

The incident involves one of the department’s investigative units, the superintendent of police announced Friday afternoon.

The board of inquiry’s formation comes as a result of information received from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Superintendent Kelly Richardson said in a short statement.

A three-member Board of Inquiry is formed for very serious matters. The seldom-used board goes beyond the normal internal-affairs investigation.

“By using this board we hope to expedite this review and address any identified deficiencies,” Richardson said in a statement.

When contacted for further comment, the chief declined to divulge the incident and the investigative unit that are the focus of the probe.

Richardson said he hopes the board is finished in a couple weeks, and the department will provide more information at that time. The findings will be provided to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

The last time a Board of Inquiry was formed was in 2014, when it determined that former Sgt. Thomas Fleming brought an electronic device into a promotional exam and subsequently lied about having it.

In another high-profile case, a 31-year-old woman who died in police custody in 2013 led to a Board of Inquiry that found six officers and an detention-area attendant were in neglect of duty.

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