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Carla Grant is a well known commenter on the Brockton Hub’s Facebook page. She’s also a regular turtle rider, and I’m pretty sure she’s messaged our Facebook page many a time with story ideas. In being such a visible online presence she’s made quite a name for herself in the Brockton area and burned pretty much every bridge possible.
Well today the Brockton Hub popped it’s “real news” cherry today, after this legendary commenter made headlines:
Brockton Enterprise: When 21-year-old Kyle Thistle was charged in a fatal crash last month, Brockton resident Carla Grant took to a popular city Facebook page and blamed Cory Wasilewski, the victim, for his role in the deadly event. Thistle, she wrote on The Brockton Hub, was “NOT responsible for the crash – which was caused by the decedent – per the dash cam evidence.” The post infuriated Wasilewski’s father, Thomas, especially since Grant is not just a Brockton resident, but a 19-year state police dispatcher, who released information that had not yet been made public. Cory Wasilewski died in a crash on Route 24 in Avon.
“I’m not letting this go until she’s terminated,” Thomas Wasilewski told The Enterprise. “She’s abusing her power as a dispatcher. She constantly says nasty things about issues she has nothing to do with. She shouldn’t be looking into police reports. She crossed the line big time.”
The Enterprise has learned that Grant has not just commented on the Wasilewski case, but on other sensitive cases, including a domestic violence incident that did not result in criminal charges. Grant had previously posted comments on the same Facebook page about that Brockton case, saying, “I did look through the logs,” and then bashed the Brockton Police Department in a post last August over its use of restraining orders.
“Not that BPD enforces them – I have a friend who’s (sic) call for help they ignored completely last night then when an officer responded to today’s attack he screamed at her as if it’s her fault!” she wrote.
Grant, 53, is now under investigation by the state police, and has been suspended, for commenting publicly on an active investigation – the Thistle case – since she likely used her position to gather information about criminal cases before posting it online. Her information about the dash cam evidence in the death of Cory Wasilewski wasn’t released until a month after her post in court documents, when Thistle was arraigned in Stoughton District Court. The post may also be in violation of the department’s social media policy.
Grant has been a civilian dispatcher for the state police since May 1999 and works at the South Boston Barracks.
“We have opened an internal investigation,” David Procopio, a spokesman for the state police, said Wednesday.
On Thursday, he told The Enterprise that Grant was placed on leave pending a hearing.
In another post about the crash involving Wasilewski, Grant attacked the victim’s family, saying, “The decedents family is engaging in a defamation campaign that will hopefully see them losing everything they own.”
“Kyle had nothing to do with the crash,” she said in another post on Feb. 9, a month before Thistle’s arraignment. “It’s all in the dash cam photos.”
Grant recently deleted her Facebook page, effectively getting rid of all the comments, but her LinkedIn profile, which identifies her as a dispatcher for the commonwealth of Massachusetts, states, “I say it like it is, don’t ask for my opinion unless you’re prepared to hear the truth.”
At the time of the posts about Wasilewski, her profile picture stated, “I ALWAYS mean what I say … I may not always mean to say it out loud, but I always mean it.”
In the summer of 2013, state police issued a general order to employees regarding social media use. It states that employees should “be considered to be publicly representing the agency in a professional manner” if they identify themselves as working for the agency in any way. Grant, who was paid $87,694 last year, has used the state police logo in her Facebook profile picture.
“Department employees, who choose to identify themselves as an employee of the Massachusetts State Police, whether explicitly, implicitly, or visually, shall: Be considered to be publicly representing the agency in a professional manner from that period forward while still employed by the agency; and be responsible for all content published on their individual social media sites,” the policy reads.
The social media policy also prohibits employees from discussing ongoing investigations. The case against Thistle is ongoing and he is due back in court in mid-May.
“Department employees shall: Not conduct any activity related to ongoing investigations through their personal social networking accounts,” it states.
Giacalone said the main issue is releasing information before it even hits the court system, but said Grant shouldn’t discuss any cases – ongoing or closed – on social media.
“Divulging information to the public is a capital offense in a police department,” he said. “You could ruin the investigation, get people hurt and put lives in danger. Divulging confidential information is a breach of the public trust and a breach of the job trust.”
Thomas Wasilewski, the victim’s father in the Avon case, said he won’t rest until Grant is fired.
“Who the hell is this lady? She’s posting about the dash cam, this and that, saying it was Cory’s fault,” he said. “Nobody knew anything about a dash cam. She leaked confidential information on Facebook. I want her job.”
Taunting a dead kid’s family on the Brockton Hub. Bold move Cotton, let’s see how it plays out.
Welp, looks like she messed with the wrong grieving father. This guy is NOT fucking around.
A lot of people talk a big game on Facebook. This mofo delivers. I can’t help but respect that. Savage.
This is why Turtleboy can never get arrested or get in trouble for doing something ratchet. Oh man, the Internet would eat us alive!! Luckily we’re not complete fucking morons and have a general idea of how social media works, so the last thing we’d do is brag about doing illegal things on the Brockton Hub.
The crazy part about this is that this chick is a turtle rider, and has been for quite a while. I’m quite certain I’ve seen that name many a time in the inbox. (On days like this I really miss having the page because we could just do a search in our inbox and everything she sent us would still pop up). I wanna say she sent us shit on Genduso months ago before we broke the story but we dismissed her as the crazy lady from the Brockton Hub. Had no idea that just like Leigha, she was also a MSP dispatcher. Oops!!
Hate blogging about one of our own but everyone knows the rules. Don’t be ratchet and you won’t be on Turtleboy. Pretty simple. Turtle riders should know better. She should’ve known that this is what we do – laugh at people who think that Facebook is their dear diary.
Wanna play a fun game? Go to the Brockton Hub’s Facebook page and enter the words, “Carla Grant” into the search bar:
She’s the south shore’s version of Regina George. Except more grizzled and menopausal. And now that she’s become one of the ratchets that she’s spent countless hours bashing on the Hub, it’s become one gigantic #MeToo festival in the comments….
Some got so upset they busted out the CAPS LOCK
Others started reminiscing about some of her classic hits….
And mostly everyone else was just letting the good times roll and sucking in the sweet taste of Brockton Hub Karma….
So the lesson here is simple – if you’re gonna comment on literally every single post on the Brockton Hub in a condescending, know it all tone, and in doing so make more enemies than Richard Nixon, make sure you don’t compromise a criminal investigation, violate Massachusetts State Police protocol, and end up becoming Turtleboy famous. Because the Internet will celebrate like they’ve never celebrated before.
The bottom line here is if you wanna become a Massachusetts State Police dispatcher you should’ve just done it the old fashioned way – sell pot, launder money, and bang a Lt. Colonel!