Boston Police Commissioner Is Fired After Domestic Violence Allegations Emerge

BOSTON — Kim Janey, Boston’s appearing mayor, introduced on Monday that she had terminated the town’s police commissioner, Dennis White, over allegations of home abuse that emerged in February, shortly after he was appointed to the job.

Ms. Janey has been attempting to take away Mr. White since May, when an impartial investigation detailed accusations by his former spouse that he had hit and threatened to shoot her in 1999 once they had been married. Another lady alleged that he had hit her.

Mr. White, who was positioned on go away when the allegations emerged, has denied wrongdoing and vigorously fought his removing in court docket.

The standoff has pitted Ms. Janey, Boston’s first Black and feminine mayor, in opposition to its second Black police commissioner, who dismissed the allegations in opposition to him as false and tainted by racism.

On Monday, Ms. Janey stated she rejected that argument.

“The disparate treatment of Black people in our country is a genuine concern, but let’s be clear: Racism is a burden carried by both men and women of color, and I will not turn a blind eye to domestic violence against Black women, or any women, for that matter,” she stated.

She condemned Mr. White for failing to precise regret, and stated that whereas he was on go away, he had tried to hinder the investigation by lingering round Police Headquarters, which she stated “fostered a climate of intimidation.”


Kim Janey, Boston’s appearing mayor, stated conserving Mr. White in his function “would send a chilling message to victims of domestic violence.”Credit…Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

To enable him to stay, she stated, “would send a chilling message to victims of domestic violence, and reinforce a culture of fear and a blue wall of silence in our Police Department.”

Mr. White’s lawyer, Nick Carter, blasted the mayor’s determination, describing his consumer in an announcement as “a Black man, falsely accused of crimes, not given a fair trial or hearing, and then convicted, or terminated which is the equivalent here.”

“This reflects an ugly pattern in our country,” Mr. Carter stated, including that Mr. White deliberate to file a civil rights declare in opposition to the town “to send a message that this kind of unlawful and harmful treatment must not be allowed to happen again to anyone.”

Friction with the town’s Police Department has dominated Ms. Janey’s first months as appearing mayor, a high-profile tenure that she hopes will place her to win the workplace this fall. Mr. White was appointed by her predecessor, Martin J. Walsh, who left his seat to grow to be secretary of labor.

Immediately after Mr. Walsh swore Mr. White in as police commissioner, The Boston Globe reported on a restraining order granted by a choose in 1999, after his spouse on the time, additionally a Boston police officer, stated he threatened to shoot her. The two divorced in 2001. Though the claims had been the topic of an inner affairs investigation, he was neither disciplined nor charged with against the law.

Mr. Walsh abruptly positioned Mr. White on go away, including that “these disturbing issues were not known to me or my staff, but should have been at the forefront.” Mr. White has contradicted that declare, saying in a sworn affidavit that he instructed the previous mayor concerning the restraining order.

The metropolis’s investigation described widespread obstruction of the inquiry throughout the Police Department. Of 21 officers approached by the investigating lawyer, solely seven agreed to speak. One retired officer stated he acquired 5 telephone calls from colleagues discouraging him from cooperating.

Ms. Janey stated on Monday that she would impose new necessities on candidates for police management positions, requiring thorough vetting and background checks.

“The residents of Boston must have confidence the officers charged with enforcing laws are themselves people of integrity,” she stated.

Policing is shaping up as a central difficulty within the race for mayor, during which three of the front-runners — Ms. Janey and City Councilors Michelle Wu and Andrea Campbell — have referred to as for deeper cuts to the police funds. Another prime candidate, City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George, has stated she would improve police staffing and funding.