I-Team: Father Arrested After Speaking To WBZ About Arrest Of Hockey Coach

I-Team: Father Arrested After Speaking To WBZ About Arrest Of Hockey Coach


TONIGHT, AND I TEAM INVESTIGATION INTO THE CONTROVERSY ALL THE REST OF THE YOUTH HOCKEY COACH. OFFICERS TASED HIM SEVERAL TIMES . NOW, SIX MONTHS LATER, A PARENT WHO WAS THERE AND SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE POLICE IS FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES. CHIEF INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER HAS THE EXCLUSIVE STORY. REPORTER: CHRIS ALBANO WAS RECORDING A SALEM NEW HAMPSHIRE POLICE TASTE AND ARRESTED YOUTH HOCKEY COACH. THAT WAS IN DECEMBER. IN MAY, POLICE HAD CHRIS TAKEN OFF THE PLANE AT LOGAN AIRPORT, AND ARRESTED. LARRY FOGELMAN IS A TOP CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER . IT SURE LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE TRYING TO INTIMIDATE WITNESSES. REPORTER: CHRIS WAS ONE OF SEVERAL PARENTS WHO SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE POLICE AND — IN AND I TEAM REPORT. TELLING US THAT THE COACH DID NOTHING WRONG . HE WASN’T GOING ANYWHERE. THERE WAS FOR COPS ON HIM. AND HE WASN’T FIGHTING BACK OR ANYTHING. THERE WAS NO REASON FOR THAT. IT FELT LIKE IF YOU OPENED YOUR MOUTH, THEY’RE GOING TO ARREST YOU TOO. REPORTER: THE COACH WAS THE ONLY ONE ARRESTED IN THE INCIDENT. UNTIL NOW. JUST WEEKS AFTER OUR REPORT AIRED, OFFICER SEAN WILKIN SAID, CHRIS ASSAULTED HIM THAT SAME NIGHT. I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF IT BEFORE. AND CERTAINLY IN MY EXPERIENCE, WHICH RUNS FOR FOUR DECADES, IT WAS DETERMINED THAT AN ARREST WAS WARRANTED, THE ARREST SHOULD HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN DECEMBER. NOT SIX MONTHS AFTER THE FACT, AS WE ARE SEEING HERE. THIS IS BEYOND THE PALE FOR WHAT IS APPROPRIATE AND PROFESSIONAL POLICE CONDUCT . IT IS NOT LIKE A NEW EVIDENCE IS COMING FORWARD. THE POLICE WERE THERE AT THE SCENE. SO, IT IS VERY SUSPECT. REPORTER: THAT I TEAM EXPLAINED — ACQUIRED A COPY OF THE POLICE REPORT. IN IT, HE SAYS, THE SITUATION WAS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS FOR THE THREE OFFICERS ON THE FLOOR. HE GOES ON TO SAY, I WAS THE ONLY OFFICER TRYING TO CONTROL THE CROWD. I REMOVED MY FLASHLIGHT FROM ITS HOLDER AND TURNED IT ON STROBE. I DID THIS SO THAT IF PEOPLE WERE UNABLE TO VIDEO, THEN MAYBE THEY WOULD LISTEN TO MY COMMANDS. BUT, HE MAKES NO MENTION OF BEING ASSAULTED. OFFICER WILSON ALLEGES CHRIS HIT HIS HAND WHEN HE WAS TRYING TO PREVENT WITNESSES FROM VIDEOTAPING THE COACHES ARREST . IF HE WAS TRYING TO PREVENT THE TAPING OF THE INCIDENT, THEN THAT IS ALL HE WAS TRYING TO DO, THAT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL . I DID NOT SEE ANYTHING THAT APPROACHED A DISORDERLY PERSON, OR CERTAINLY NOT AN ASSAULT AND BATTERY ON A POLICE OFFICER. THERE ARE SITUATIONS WHEN POLICE OFFICERS ARE INS — ASSAULTED AND BEATEN IN. AND TO DIMINISH IT AND TRIVIALIZE IT LIKE THIS, I THINK UNDERMINES SITUATIONS WHEN POLICE OFFICERS ARE LEGITIMATELY ASSAULTED. REPORTER: THE I TEAM LEARNED JUST LAST WEEK, POLICE CHARGED ANOTHER MAN WHO WAS AT THE RINK WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT . WHAT DO YOU THINK THE MOTIVATION IS NOW BEHIND CHARGING ALL THESE WITNESSES? INTIMIDATION. THEY SAY TO ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE THAT WERE THERE, DON’T YOU SUPPORT THIS GUY. BECAUSE, IF YOU DO, YOU ARE GOING TO GET LOCKED UP ALSO. REPORTER: IN SALEM, THE POLICE AND THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND THE SALEM TOWN MANAGER SAY THEY ARE UNABLE TO COMMENT ON OPEN CASES.

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