|Eurie Stamps Sr. was killed by Framingham police 9 years ago. On Tuesday, the district attorney released 400+ pages documents about the case.||September 9, 2020|
|Lauren Young 774-804-1499||Metrowest Daily News|
The Middlesex District Attorney's Office released more than 400 pages of documents about Eurie Stamps' case to the public.
FRAMINGHAM - Nine years ago, Eurie Stamps Sr. was shot and killed by a Framingham Police SWAT team. On Tuesday, the Middlesex District Attorney's Office released more than 400 pages of documents about his case to the public.
"I just started looking through them," said Selvin Chambers, an organizer of #JusticeForEurie, on Wednesday afternoon regarding the documents released on the district attorney's website. For the past few months, Chambers, a longtime friend of Stamps, and other advocates have been rallying to seek justice for the 68-year-old grandfather who was killed by Framingham Police Officer Paul Duncan in 2011. Duncan remains on the police force today.
An investigation by the Middlesex District Attorney's office and Massachusetts State Police labeled the shooting as accidental, and in 2016, Framingham reached a $3.75 million settlement with the Stamps family.
The documents released include Stamps' autopsy, interviews with family and police, photographs of the scene, witness statements, handwritten notes and typed communication between family members and law enforcement. The records release was a reaction to the #JusticeForEurie campaign, which asks for the Stamps case to be reopened by the U.S. Department of Justice and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, as well as to have the officer who shot Stamps fired.
In 2011, Stamps, a retired MBTA employee, was killed during a raid of his home after Duncan allegedly tripped and fired at Stamps. Police were executing a search warrant of Stamps' home following a report that his stepson was selling crack cocaine.
"I'm glad it's now public record so we can get a better understanding of what has been reported," said Chambers. "I'm excited that there's at least an opportunity now for the general public to look at them, and that there's a concerted effort in the Attorney General's Office to look at these."
Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan said in a statement on the office's website that the records were being released for the public to review and her staff is in the process of assembling additional documents that "that may be available relative to the death of Eurie Stamps Sr."
"As part of our commitment to making records associated with this Office's investigation into the January 5, 2011, shooting death of Eurie Stamps Sr. available to the public, our office has identified records that were previously released to public records requestors following the conclusion of the Middlesex District Attorney's Office investigation in 2011," reads the statement.
A representative from the office said Ryan made a public commitment to release materials from the case after Aug. 1 when she attended a vigil for Stamps in Cambridge.
Gerry Leone was the district attorney for Middlesex County at the time of the shooting.
On Wednesday night, a rally was held outside the Statehouse in reaction to the release of documents and to ask the governor to reopen past cases of what they call police brutality. Supporters of eight Massachusetts families whose loved ones have died at the hands of police along with the organization Mass Action Against Police Brutality want Gov. Charlie Baker to assign a special prosecutor to look at the cases.
"The government of Massachusetts has routinely refused to indict, much less convict and jail any officer that has taken the life of a civilian," Brock Satter, an organizer for Mass Action Against Police Brutality, said in a statement.
The families of DJ Henry, Malcolm Gracia, Burell Ramsey-White, Ross Batista, Usaamah Rahim, Terrence Coleman, Juston Root and Stamps are all involved in efforts to have their cases reopened.
Chambers was one of many speakers to talk that night, and said that advocates are planning more rallies this fall and winter, both in Framingham and Cambridge.
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