By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said State Police need to have more explicit protocols in place for what can be edited out of an arrest report after a recent controversy involving a judge’s daughter led to the retirement of two of the top police leaders in the state.

Col. Richard McKeon and Deputy Superintendent Francis Hughes retired after two troopers sued State Police after being ordered to edit details from the police report of Alli Bibaud, whose father Timothy Bibaud is a judge in Dudley District Court.

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Troopers Alli Rei, left, and Ryan Sceviour, when he was a Brewster police officer. (Photo credits: Alli Rei and Brewster Police)

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker told WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller any reprimand reports of the troopers should be removed from their record, and “will be.”

 

Baker said there will be further investigations into the incident, but added that McKeon admitted from the beginning that he ordered the changes be made.

“His stated position, and he’s never said anything other than this, he’s owned it from the beginning, is that he wanted to clean it up because he felt some of the information in it was not germane to the charges that were being levied against the defendant,” Baker said.

But Baker added that after further review, the details should have been left in the report.

“Our own review of this was, was his order right or wrong? And we basically concluded that it was a mistake,” said Baker.

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Baker said that despite the mistake in judgement, he does not believe this was a case of police doing a favor for a judge to prevent embarrassment, arguing that the charges never changed.

“In terms of anybody getting anything out of this, it’s pretty hard to make that case,” said Baker.

In general, Baker said it is critical for police to avoid giving special treatment to anyone.

“You should never do a favor for a local big shot. Ever. No exceptions,” said Baker.

 

Share your opinion via email at keller@wbztv.com, or you can reach me on Twitter, @kelleratlarge.

Comments (3)
  1. IS THIS GOVERNOR IN TOUCH WITH REALITY?
    THE DAMN DEAL WAS A FIX THAT WENT BAD BECAUSE HONESTY PREVAILED OVER CORRUPTION……DAMN WELL A FIX IN PROGRESS AND THE NIGHTMARE IS THE GOVERNOR IS EITHER STUPID OR A LIAR!
    NOW THE ISSUE…..TAKE THEIR PENSIONS THAT WERE TRASHED AND HOW DEEP WAS THE MINDSET TO FIX……
    WHAT ELSE WAS FIXED?
    THE MASS AG IS USELESS….A FEDERAL GRAND JURY IS A MUST!

  2. Name the elephant in the room. This is workplace bullying. It did not end with just telling the officer to edit the report. It ended with a disciplinary action. This was intentional infliction of emotional injury. Baker lost many votes/supporters. He should have taken a strong vocal stand against corruption. He is either ignorant, out of touch, or a sociopath. It is not about putting in more protocols! It is about changing the work culture of corruption; where “white hats” are publicaly praised by the organizations. STOP WORKPLACE BULLYING!!! We need a governor that fights for the people of the Commonwealth, not a career politician.

  3. jordan lewis ring Agreed. This extends to local and national senators and speaker of the house, MCAD and local EEOC. The last 2, AG know is taking large amounts of tax payer money and mainly serving to silence victims who had the courage, strength, and stamina to advocate for themselves. Instead of advocating for all people, she only advocates for identity groups. How do we justify having and F ON OUR STATE’S REPORT CARD FOR JUDICIAL EFFICACY FOR OVER A DECADE ? As long as it benefits the power holders, it does not matter that corrupt individuals bully out the best, most effective, ethical workers in the Commonwealth. Re: Officer Sceviour, the white hat, hero; all of those in the chain of command should be disciplined (the officers who told both officers to rip up or alter their work) in the manner they wanted to discipline the officers. They enabled the corruption process. Dan Wolf for governor!

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