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Posted: 9/14/2005 1:09:35 PM EDT
Boston DA: Charges Not Warranted In Fatal Shooting Of College Student Celebrating Red Sox Win
DENISE LAVOIE
Associated Press


BOSTON (AP) -- No criminal charges will be brought against the officers involved in the fatal shooting of a college student at a raucous celebration by Red Sox fans last fall, prosecutors said Monday.

''There is no evidence that any officer on Lansdowne Street acted with any intent to commit a crime,'' Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said at a news conference attended by Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole.

Victoria Snelgrove, a 21-year-old Emerson College student, was shot in the eye socket with a pepper-spray pellet outside Fenway Park on Oct. 21. Officers were trying to calm the crowd that had filled the streets following Boston's victory over the archrival New York Yankees to win the American League pennant.

Police said some of the revelers were throwing bottles, lighting fires and wrecking cars, but Snelgrove was not involved in the rioting.

''The fact that the officers were placed in such a chaotic situation ... was a result of poor crowd control planning,'' Conley said. ''The inadequate planning resulted in conditions ... that ultimately set in motion the chain of events that led to Miss Snelgrove's death.''

In May, an independent commission headed by former U.S. Attorney Donald Stern faulted the police department for poor planning and training, a breakdown of command discipline and inadequate research before purchasing the air-powered pellet guns for crowd control.

Only one of the three police officers who fired pepper pellets into the crowd of fans was certified to do so, the commission found.

When the Stern report was released, O'Toole said the three officers faced possible disciplinary action, along with Deputy Superintendent Robert E. O'Toole, no relation to the commissioner, and Superintendent James Claiborne, the overall incident commander that night. A decision on disciplinary steps was still pending. Robert O'Toole retired in June.

In May, the city awarded $5.1 million to Snelgrove's family - the largest wrongful death settlement in the city's history.

Link Posted: 9/14/2005 1:11:18 PM EDT
I kicks ass when assholes get shot in the face.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 1:13:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 89grand:
I kicks ass when assholes get shot in the face.



But even the police said she wasn't involved in the rioting. What if she just went to watch the game and was leaving when the crowd got unruly? That sucks.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 1:17:57 PM EDT
There's still multi-million dollar suit pending against FN Herstal.

It's all been worked out between the city and the family members of the "victim". Works out nice. No government agents get charged, the city doesn't pay a dime, and they both get to legally harass a gun manufacturer for millions. This has Ted Kennedy's ass-print all over it.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 1:19:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By IAMLEGEND:

Originally Posted By 89grand:
I kicks ass when assholes get shot in the face.



But even the police said she wasn't involved in the rioting. What if she just went to watch the game and was leaving when the crowd got unruly? That sucks.



Oh, maybe I should read the whole thing before celebrating a face shooting next time.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 1:20:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By IAMLEGEND:

Originally Posted By 89grand:
I kicks ass when assholes get shot in the face.



But even the police said she wasn't involved in the rioting. What if she just went to watch the game and was leaving when the crowd got unruly? That sucks.


For sure. I wonder if state law was followed with the proper dispersal order given? Once given, if you remain, you are involved. The 10 or 12 guys burning cars and such generally quit when their audiance of thousands goes home.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 2:42:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/14/2005 2:43:06 PM EDT by Kablaam]
The city paid 5.1 million to the Snelgrove family. There were two other bystaners hurt, who I belive are still sueing the city.
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