Real Life Somerville Police Stories: John DELANEY (Disorderly)

On 9/19/2018, I (Officer Devin Schneider) was in full uniform while assigned to marked cruiser East-1 during the 4pm-12am shift. At about 4:05 pm, I was dispatched to the Mount Vernon Restaurant, located at 14 Broadway, for a report of a male party drinking and refusing to leave. Upon arriving, I met with the manager (XXXX) and the owner (XXXX), outside the restaurant. With them was a person who was later identified as John Delaney. Delaney was appeared agitated and was arguing with the XXXXs. Officer Soares (Sector East) was dispatched as back up.

I spoke with XXXX, who stated that Delaney had been barred from the restaurant some time ago. Delaney had been in the restaurant today, when he went into the kitchen area, which is a restricted access area to employees only. Delaney then mock punched XXXX in the gut. XXXX told Delaney to leave the restaurant, and Delaney refused.

When I spoke with Delaney, he started pacing back and forth while yelling profanities at Officers and the XXXX s. He stated, “I don’t like people who call the cops!” I advised Delaney that he was causing a disturbance, and that he should calm down. After a few minutes I was able to de-escalate Delaney’s belligerent behavior. Delaney stated that he was waiting for a friend to pick him up, then would be leaving.

Officer Soares and I waited nearby for a few minutes. After a short period of time, XXXX and XXXX came outside and they exchanged words with Delaney. I could not hear what was said, but it agitated Delaney who began shouting and walking westward down the sidewalk. Officer Soares and I followed from a distance of about 50 feet, to ensure public safety in Delaney’s agitated state. Delaney was yelling, while walking in and out of the street. At the time, it was rush hour, and Broadway was busy with heavy traffic, along with heavy foot traffic on the sidewalk.

Delaney stopped turned around to face Officer Soares and me. He punched his fist against his hands several times then pointed at Officer Soares and I. I observed that a pedestrian scrambled to walk around Delaney as he flailed his arms around. I called for an additional unit, Officer Chris Fusco (East-4), Officer James Torres (East-2), and Detective Jason Costa arrived on scene. I informed Delaney that he was under arrest and placed him into handcuffs in a manner consistent with my training (double locked, checked for tightness.) Due to Delaney’s large physical stature, I had to use two sets of cuffs.

Delaney was transported back to the station in prisoner transport unit 200, operated by Officer Thomas Lambert. At the station, he was booked in the usual manner by the Commanding Officer, Lt. William Rymill. I will be filing a criminal complaint against Delaney for Disorderly Conduct.

Respectfully submitted,

Officer Devin Schneider

Badge #295

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