Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Somerville Police Officers Spit On by Suspect



The following is a summary of the details regarding this incident.

On April 17, 2015 at approximately 1117 hours, I attempted to serve a probation warrant issued for Cameron Bourque. I arrived at Bourque’s residence, who will now be referred to as the suspect, with Street Supervisor SGT Tam and Sector East Officer Ubeda. We were met at the front door of the residence by the suspect’s mother who allowed is into the home and directed us to the suspect’s bedroom in the rear of the home. We proceeded into the bedroom and found the suspect sleeping in his bed. The suspect was woken up and given the opportunity to get dressed.

The suspect was then handcuffed in a manner consistent with my training. Upon being handcuffed, the suspect became increasingly agitated and began to tense up his body in attempt to prevent myself and assisting officers from escorting him out of the house. It should be noted that the suspect was becoming increasingly belligerent and verbally assaultive to myself and the assisting officers. At this point, Officers Van Nostrand and Cattato had also arrived to assist. Approximately halfway out of the house, in the living room of the residence, the suspect tensed up his whole body again and began to struggle to break free of my escort. I proceeded to regain a grip on the suspect when he dropped to the floor and refused to get up. After approximately 1 minute on the ground the suspect got up under his own power while I guided him to his feet. The suspect is being charged with resisting arrest due to this.

As we reached the front stairs outside of the residence, transport vehicle Unit 200 arrived operated by Officer Ducasse. I continued to guide the suspect towards the transport vehicle as he unwillingly moved towards it. As I opened the doors to the transport vehicle the suspect continued his verbal assault on myself and assisting officers. The suspect was patted down by Officer Ducasse and placed in the rear of the transport vehicle. Officer Ducasse proceeded to shut the metal cage door of the transport vehicle, which should be noted has openings in it that are not covered by glass. Just prior to Officer Ducasse shutting the second door that covers the metal cage, the suspect spit through the hole in the metal cage door hitting Officer Ducasse and Officer Van Nostrand. The suspect is being charged with two counts of assault and battery on a police officer for spitting at these two officers.

As a result of these events, the suspect is being charged with one count of resisting arrest, and two counts of assault and battery on a police officer.

Respectfully submitted,

Officer Anderson #315

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