By William Tauro
Why wasn’t Former Somerville High School Resource Police Officer Alex Capobianco charged criminally for his actions and terminated like a similar situation where school resource officers in another state where the termination of two deputies who were found to have neglected their duties as school resource officers.
In recent national headlines, the two are former Deputy Scot Peterson and Sergeant Brian Miller where as a result of the continuing internal investigation and disciplinary process, Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony officially announced the termination of two deputies who were found to have neglected their duties.
The deputy and sergeant were found to have neglected their duties at MSD High School. They have been terminated and will no longer be privileged to serve as law enforcement deputies for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
The former Broward County Sheriff Deputy Scot Peterson is being charged that he did not pursue a gunman attacking a Parkland, Florida high school during an attack on the school last year.
The deputy was arrested and charged with child neglect and negligence stemming from his actions that day.
Scot Peterson, 56, was arrested by his very own department that he had worked for.
Peterson was charged with 11 counts and excoriated by law enforcement officials who decried his response to the shooting. The charges against Peterson include seven counts of child neglect, three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury, according to Broward County court documents.
Peterson’s actions during the 2018 attack that took place at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, that resulted in 17 students and staffers killed have been scrutinized since the message . Peterson was armed as the only school resource officer on campus during the attack that was recorded in security footage standing outside the school building while the massacre was taking place.
Broward Sherriff’s Office in a statement said “Subsequent to an administrative discipline hearing at BSO headquarters this afternoon, former Deputy Peterson was taken into custody on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges and booked into the BSO Main Jail.”
Former Somerville Police Officer Alex Capobianco is being scrutinized for negligence and for his role in alleged drug dealings during his assignment as a Somerville Police Department school resource officer who had been assigned to the Somerville High School.
In a recent article posted in the Somerville News Weekly retired Somerville Police Luitenent Joseph Mccain wrote “(As resource officer Capobianco reached the halls and classrooms of Somerville High School in 2002, he began providing members of the narcotics unit with information regarding drug dealers operating in the city. It wasn’t long before these officers realized that Officer Capobianco was feeding them his competition.)”
McCain’s article also reads “(That same school year, in June, DeMedeiros died. Three months later Curtatone, Capobianco’s first cousin, defeated Dorothy Kelly Gay and subsequently went on to win the general election in November. The Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Criminal Division respectively agreed to a request from the city of Somerville and granted Capobianco transactional immunity on September 24,th and September 30, according to the state civil service commission. By granting transactional immunity to Capobianco the city government of Somerville was enabled to control the investigation internally. Immunity also afforded Capobianco the ability to avoid criminal prosecution were further illegal activities on his part discovered.
Is it a coincidence that the office of the Middlesex County District Attorney and the Attorney General at would grant Capobianco immunity in the same month his first cousin won the mayoral election?
It has been suggested by several of my former colleagues, that the district attorney and attorney general granted Capobianco immunity, enabling him to avoid criminal prosecution, because he was feeding “bigger fish” to the prosecutors. But who is a bigger fish than a drug-dealing cop?
What now Mayor Curtatone didn’t count on was that Mayor Dorothy Kelly Gay would fire Capobianco.)”
Below is a released statement from the Broward County Sheriff’s office:
SHERIFF GREGORY TONY TERMINATES
SCOT PETERSON AND BRIAN MILLER
PIO Number: 19-6-1
Date: June 4, 2019
Immediately after taking command, Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony focused on the internal investigation of seven deputies to determine whether their actions at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018 complied with Broward Sheriff’s Office standards.
Today, as a result of the continuing internal investigation and disciplinary process, Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony officially announced the termination of two deputies who were found to have neglected their duties. The two are former Deputy Scot Peterson and Sergeant Brian Miller. The deputy and sergeant were found to have neglected their duties at MSD High School. They have been terminated and will no longer be privileged to serve as law enforcement deputies for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Subsequent to an administrative discipline hearing at BSO headquarters this afternoon, former Deputy Peterson was taken into custody on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges and booked into the BSO Main Jail.
“We cannot fulfill our commitment to always protect the security and safety of our Broward County community without doing a thorough assessment of what went wrong that day,” Sheriff Tony said. “I am committed to addressing deficiencies and improving the Broward Sheriff’s Office.”
Sheriff Tony concluded, “The Broward Sheriff’s Office and our first responders are now better prepared and trained to respond to an active shooter crisis. We have enhanced our active shooter response protocol, increased our training staff, introduced essential equipment, established training partnerships with federal organizations and are building a regional training center.”
THIS REPORT BY:
Veda Coleman-Wright/Dir. of PIO
Read retired Somerville Police Luitenent Joe McCain’s article below:
SOMERVILLE’S OPIOID HYPOCRISY