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Back in March we blogged about this Mass State Trooper named Jonathan Brown out of the Devens barracks, after he was put on leave for being drunk at work. Yet somehow he was not arrested for DUI, even though he clearly drove to work in that condition.
It’s outrageous that he not only wasn’t arrested, but that he immediately wasn’t fired for this. Instead he got put on paid leave. But, that’s a union thing, and we respect collectively bargained contracts and due process rights for union members. I have no problem with paid leave while they investigate because if a trooper is ever wrongly accused of something and has to go on leave, they should be able to pay their bills in the meantime. Plus, he should inevitably be terminated, so problem solved.
However, two months later Trooper Wobblypop is somehow back on the job, even with new information coming to light that he’s had dozens of internal affairs investigations conducted against him….
The NBC10 Boston Investigators found that since Brown joined the state police in 2001, he has had 36 complaints about or investigations into his conduct on the job. State police investigators found him responsible in 49 percent of the incidents.
“That’s certainly a lot of complaints,” said Al Donovan, a consultant to police departments on internal affairs investigations and a former Tewksbury police chief.
Before we go any further, how do you get 49 percent out of 36 complaints? It’s mathematically impossible. Nevertheless, these aren’t just frivolous complaints. IA is doing their homework, found that half of them are legit, and the dude is still on the job somehow.
Donovan said the more active a trooper is, the more complaints he will have, but even unsustained complaints are cause for concern.
“Complaints from citizens are an early indicator that that person has to be looked at and there’s something going on in their life,” he said.
The sample of complaints and investigations that were considered “sustained” included a tense encounter with a citizen at a Dunkin’ Donuts off the Massachusetts Turnpike in Framingham. The person recorded the 2009 interaction after seeing the on-duty trooper park in the only handicap space. In the video, Brown angrily rebuffs the citizen’s request for his name, though he finally did give it to him.
He was 1,000% in the wrong for parking in that handicapped spot:
Just a dick move that only someone who thinks they’re above the law would do. He didn’t park there because someone inside was dying. He did it because it was a shorter walk for him to get the coffee that he probably got for free by badging himself in.
But on the other hand, the guy who filmed him is literally the worst person who has ever lived – Harold Wolfe.
After State Trooper Matthew Daigle died last year this is what Wolfe said about him in his blog:
Fuck Matthew Daigle and the horse he rode in on and his parents. I’m convinced that his death cost the taxpayers well over $100,000 given how many state police officers showed up at the funeral. Disgusting display of arrogance! Just like the Jews.
Human garbage. Unfortunately bad cops like Trooper Wobblypop give assholes like Harold Wolfe fuel for their fire.
But sources aside, you can’t ignore the rest of Trooper Brown’s resume. There were multiple incidents of him being dickhead in uniform….
In two others, drivers say Brown screamed at them or intimidated them during traffic stops – angry, spitting and jumping up and down. According to state police documents, he told one woman that “when you see a cruiser you show respect.” He told another, “I’m going to teach you a (expletive) lesson.”
In documents from that investigation, a state police captain noted that Brown was the fourth “most frequently complained about trooper” out of more than 2,000 officers. “Someone should be looking at and saying this is an issue, because that’s not something you want to be,” Donovan said.
He’s guilty of overtime fraud….
In 2010, Brown worked eight hours of overtime on a construction detail, but also claimed he was testifying in court on a traffic violation at the same time. He charged the state another four hours of overtime for that same time.
He lied on a police report….
He even wrote in his report that the driver didn’t show up to court and therefore was found responsible for his ticket. But according to court documents, Brown was the no-show and the driver got off.
He’s a terrible liar….
When the double dipping was discovered, Brown told investigators he got his days confused, but state police ruled it employee misconduct.
The public has no receipts of his punishment because of red tape….
It is unclear how, or if, Brown was punished, because state police heavily redacted his report. Personnel information of state and municipal employees is exempt from the state’s public records law, and such information is routinely withheld from the public.
The higher ups admitted that he was a huge problem and did nothing…..
Brown’s internal affairs investigations, which are public records, did reference days without pay on some past incidents, along with repeated notes from supervisors saying that Brown’s growing file was a problem.
“These are all red flags and alerts that have been either missed or not addressed properly,” Donovan said.
Oh, and he’s a terrible driver, likely because he’s a drunk….
Brown, a patrol trooper for part of his career, has been involved in seven on-duty crashes since 2014. He also was involved in five crashes on his personal driving history since joining the force in 2001. He was found responsible for all five personal crashes and five of the on-duty crashes.
But it’s cool because he “blacked out behind the wheel” in one incident and injured a woman….
The seventh on-duty crash, which occurred last year near Logan Airport and sent a woman to the hospital, is still under investigation. According to state police documents about that incident, Brown’s cruiser moved into the woman’s lane. Brown says he blacked out behind the wheel, and so he doesn’t remember what happened.
That’s definitely something a sober person would do. I know that sometimes I’m driving down Park Ave and I randomly black out. Happens to the best of us.
And this totally isn’t shady as hell….
In the accident report, the investigating officer at the scene wrote that “Trooper Brown was advised to submit…,” but we don’t know what he was being advised to submit to because the rest of the sentence was redacted by state police lawyers.
Advised to submit to what? A breathalyzer test? Applications to AA? How is this acceptable that critical information like this is being COVERED UP by the MSP? Still!! How many rogue troopers are there like this?
There are still unanswered questions about the March 17, 2018 incident. State police say Brown showed up to work at the Devens barracks drunk, but he wasn’t sent home until halfway through his shift. It is unclear whether he drove his state vehicle to work, if he went on any calls in a cruiser or if he interacted with the public.
Of course he came to work drunk. Do you think he teleported there? It was St. Patrick’s Day. Dude got plastered and went to work anyway because….fuck it. Why wouldn’t he? He’s been driving around, passing out behind the wheel, injuring women, abusing his power, parking in handicapped spots. etc. The law clearly did not apply to him, so why WOULDN’T he show up to work drunk? Clearly there’s no consequences for his actions.
And somehow they’re STILL talking about bringing this asshole back…
A state police spokesman said Brown would have to meet several conditions to return to full duty, and then they will decide if he is fit for duty. But state police refused to say what those conditions are.
What planet am I on right now? How freaking TONE DEAF are the MSP? Return to full duty?? Do they not realize how much trust they’ve lost from the public in the last 6 months.
Higher ups forcing troopers to alter arrest reports for politically connected junkies.
Pot dealing, money laundering, tax evading, perjuring ratchets becoming troopers because they’re fucking the brass and are good friends with the Lt. Governor and former Colonel.
The highest ranking members all resigning in disgrace.
This has all happened in the last six months. This is their opportunity to show that they are reforming by weeding out the trash. How in fuckery is it an option right now for this guy to keep his job?? Imagine any other line of work where you get wasted on the job and you’re rewarded with a paid vacation and desk duty when you return. This is a job where lives are on the line. He could’ve gotten someone killed. If a valet came to work drunk he’d be fired. But a trooper, who has much more responsibility, gets a paid vacation until he’s “clean?”
Newsflash – he will never, ever be fit for duty. I don’t care if he goes to AA and does the 12 steps. His past actions matter, and people like this don’t change their stripes. As long as they continue to employ people like Trooper Wobblypop the general public can never really trust the MSP. And that’s too bad because 99% of troopers are great people who should be trusted.