Course Description

Recent Police misconduct cases and case law in Massachusetts have created confusion regarding what is required under the law concerning Police conduct.  This seminar will clarify what is expected from Massachusetts Police Officers and what the consequences must be when a Police Officer’s misconduct places themselves unfit to continue in the Police Profession because of their failure to be truthful or the seriousness of their misconduct.

MGL 6E    The Police Reform law provides a new Definition for Truthfulness

“Untruthful” or “untruthfulness”, knowingly making an untruthful statement concerning a material fact or knowingly omitting a material fact:

(i) on an official criminal justice record, including, but not limited to, a police report;

(ii) while testifying under oath;

(iii) to the commission or an employee of the commission; or

(iv) during an internal affairs investigation, administrative investigation or disciplinary process.

Impact that the new law and new definition will have on Law Enforcement will be fully discussed.

Cases to be Discussed

  • Lachance v. Erickson
  • Brady v. Maryland
  • Kyles v. Whitely
  • Giglio v. United States, 405 U.S. 150 (1972)
  • City of Boston v. Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association
  • City of Pittsfield v. I.B.P.O. Local 447
  • Recent issues regarding Medford Police Officers

Other Items to be Discussed

  • Brady List what is it?
  • What has to be disclosed?

What is exculpatory?

  • Documented Untruthfulness?
  • Criminal Convictions?
  • Internal Affairs records/convictions?
  • Internal Discipline?
  • Whose responsibility is it to provide info?
  • What are the Police Chiefs responsibilities?
  • What is a Discovery Notice?