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Colonel Mawn's Statement Following the Mistrial in Commonwealth v. Karen Read

"Following the mistrial in Commonwealth v. Karen Read, the Massachusetts State Police would like to offer our condolences again to the family of Boston Police Officer John O’Keefe. We cannot imagine the way in which this result has heightened the O’Keefe family’s immeasurable grief, heartache, and sense of loss. John lived a life of honorable service – both to the City of Boston and the children entrusted to his care after the unexpected death of his sister and brother-in-law. We will remember him.


Upon learning today’s result, the Department took immediate action to relieve Trooper Michael Proctor of duty and formally transfer him out of the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office State Police Detective’s Unit. This follows our previous decision to open an internal affairs investigation after information about serious misconduct emerged in testimony at the trial.  This investigation is ongoing.


Our focus remains on delivering the highest level of police services with professionalism and integrity.” – Colonel Mawn


The Department has relieved Trooper Proctor of duty effective immediately. He will also be transferred from the Detective Unit assigned to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office (NCDAO) effective Sunday, July 7, 2024.


The collective bargaining agreement requires a 5-day notice for any change of assignment (shift, functional role, etc.). For this reason, the effective date of Trooper Proctor’s transfer from NCDAO is effective on the first possible day, Sunday, July 7, unless otherwise agreed to by the parties.  


In any State Police discipline process, the Trooper is subject to a duty status hearing where they will be retained on full duty, placed on restricted duty, suspended with pay, or suspended without pay.




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