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Boston Cops Probe Radio Jamming

June 9, 1999

BOSTON (AP) _ A black police commander’s radio transmissions were jammed while he directed transportation for Hillary Rodham Clinton, and authorities are investigating whether it was intentional.

The commander, Lt. Valimore Williams, found a noose made of police tape on his motorcycle in April and has filed a $1.2 million discrimination complaint against the Boston Police Department.

Police have determined that Williams’ radio was jammed Friday by the radio used by Sgt. Michael R. Donovan, a white officer who was transferred last month, according to published reports Wednesday.

Donovan was the supervisor of the officer who admitted making the noose. An internal investigation concluded the noose was part of a prank by both white and black subordinate officers. Williams nonetheless filed the discrimination complaint.

There were no problems during Mrs. Clinton’s visit, but the Boston Herald quoted a police source as saying that security could have been compromised by what he called ``foolishness.″

Radio transmissions can be jammed, intentionally or unintentionally, during events like motorcades when several officers are sharing the same frequency. Williams himself said Friday’s incident ``could be a coincidence.″

Donovan was not in his office Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.

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