A police sergeant was caught seemingly bragging about hitting Black Lives Matter protesters with a car. He only seemed to change his tune and story after a fellow officer told him they had their body camera on.
In a video that is going viral across social media, a sergeant with the Boston Police Department recalls "fucking hitting people with the car" when speaking with another officer.
“Dude, dude, dude, I fuckin’—I drove down Tremont. There was an unmarked state police cruiser they were all fuckin' gathered around,” the sergeant says while laughing.
“So then I had a fucker keep coming, fucking running,” he seemingly excitedly continues. “I’m fucking hitting people with the car. Did you hear me? I was like, 'get the fuck—'”
The officer then taps the sergeant on the head and walks away from him before circling back to tell him, "It's on. This thing is—," referring to his bodycam. The sergeant seems to try and play it off, saying "I know" before changing his story.
“Oh, no no no. I know. What I’m saying is, though, ... I didn’t hit anybody, like, just driving,” he says. “My windows were closed, the shit was coming in.”
The officer then seems apologetic for having his bodycam on. “This thing just fucking went on automatically,” he tells the sergeant.
The incident occurred in June, when the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement, spurred by the police killing of George Floyd, was at its height. The footage was exclusively obtained and published on Dec. 18 by the Appeal. The footage is part of the hours of footage featuring Boston police's response to the protests that the Appeal received from attorney Carl Williams, who is representing some of the protesters.
Update 4:48pm CT, Dec. 19: When reached for comment, the Boston Police Department pointed the Daily Dot to its public statement regarding the incident. Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross said in the statement that the "Sergeant involved in this incident" was placed on administrative leave and that an investigation by the Bureau of Professional Standards is underway.
"I will take any additional action as necessary at the conclusion of the investigation. I want to encourage people to bring these matters to our attention so that we can investigate them appropriately,” Gross said.
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