Letter: Otis PD posting is unfair to accused
Otis PD posting unfair to accused
To the editor:
I am writing to express my concern about a posting by the Otis Police Department on its Facebook page under the guise of a "press release." The posting involved a detailed account of a recent incident of alleged domestic assault and subsequent police chase and capture of an Otis man.
I think the Otis police actions are unprofessional, pre-judgmental and obviously designed to sway public opinion. I do not believe the social media network is the forum for any police department to use as their police log.
Legislation signed into law by Gov. Patrick in August of 2014 restricts the public release of any police records pertaining to domestic violence and abuse. This includes incident reports, log entries, and arrest records.
Make no mistake! I am not defending the accused. Due to the seriousness of the charges, a jury trial is likely to ensue. What I am defending is every citizen's right of due process and the Otis police, by their prejudicial actions, are undermining that right.
Bill Dyer, Otis
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