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5 Investigates: Constable not guilty of firearms charges


CHAIYABHAT, WCrtVB NEWSCENTER 5. ED: NEW ON 5, A LOCAL CONSTABLE IS CLEARED OF CHARGES BY A JURY. BUT AS 5 INVESTIGATES’ KARENrt ANDERSON HAS DISCOVERED, IT’S A CASE THAT SOME SAY STILL RAISES TROUBLING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE POWERS THESE OFFICIALS HAVE. MARIA: DARRYL HINES ALWAYS SAID HE DID NrtOTHING ILLEGAL AND THE JURY SIDED WITH HIM TODA KAREN: HE MAY LOOK LIKE A POLICE OFFICER DRIVES A CAR THAT LOOKSrt LIKE ONE AND HAS A BADGE. BUT HE’S A CONSTABLE. HE WAS ON TRIAL THIS WEEK ON FIREARMS CHARGES AFTER BUYING rt
HANDGUNS THAT ONLY POLICE CAN BUY. THE JURY SIDING WITH HIM THIS AFTERNOON, FINDING HIM NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES. IN THEIR CLOSING ARGUMENTS THE ATTORNEYS SAID THE CASE CENTEREDrt AROUND WHAT THE LAW ALLOWED CONSTABLES TO DO AND NOT DO.>>MR. HINES WANTS YOU TO THINK THAT HE’S NO DIFFERENT TrtHAN A POLICE OFFICER, BUT CONSIDER ALL THE DIFFERENCES THAT YOU HEARD WHEN HE TESTIFIED. WOULD A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCYrt THAT’S GIVING OUT FIREARMS, WOULDN’T YOU THINK THEY’D HAVE MANDATORY TRAINING? THERE’S ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE THAT DARRYL REPRESENTED HIMSELF AS ANYTHING OTHER THAN Art CONSTABLE, WHICH HE WAS. UNCONTROVERTED TESTIMONY HE WAS APPOINTED BY NINE CITIES AND TOWNS,rt CURRENTLY SEVEN, AND GIVEN AUTHORITY TO DO WHAT HE DID. KAREN: 5 INVESTIGATES FIRST REPORTED LAST OCTOBER THAT THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO OVERHAUL THE LEGAL AUTHORITYrt CONSTABLES HAVE. THAT CAME AFTER A CONSTABLE SHOT TWO BOSTON POLICE OFFICERS LAST YEAR. THE PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY TELLS US HE’S STILL WORKING WITH LAWMAKERS ON BEACON HILLrt TO CHANGE THE LAW SO THAT CONSTABLES CAN’T MAKE CRIMINAL ARRESTS OR PRESENT THEMSELVES AS MEMBERS OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.rt DARRYL HINES’S ATTORNEY SAYS HE’S RELIEVED WITH THE VERDICT

3 thoughts on “5 Investigates: Constable not guilty of firearms charges

  1. It was a witch hunt, plain and simple. Daryll Hines is a man to admire. He's working to make constables professional and respectable. The jury heard everything and ruled correctly. Go to the Massachusetts Constable Office website and learn the great things this man is doing. Thanks.

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