|Deputy Police Chief assaults Harold J. Wolfe|
On December 6, 2008, I attended forum on gangs in Framingham given by the
Framingham police and sponsored by St.Tarcisius catholic church.
Other attendees were Jim and Joe Rizoli, sitting next to me, and deputy police chief Ken Ferguson and town manager Julian Suso. Over 150 people were in attendance, including several film crews from different local TV news networks. I was also using my still/video camera.
Father Joseph F. Pranzo is one priest associated with the church and has a problem with the Rizoli brothers from a previous incident.
During the forum, Father Joseph F. Pranzo attacked Joe Rizoli when he was filming the event by trying to take his camera away. I was one seat away and watched the assault right in front of me.
On Tuesday, February 3, 2009, I joined Jim and Joe Rizoli to testify in a probable cause hearing for an assault charge by Father Joseph F. Pranzo. As we were starting to enter the magistrate's room, deputy police chief Ken Ferguson (who was a witness for Joseph F. Pranzo), took on the duties of a court officer and tried to restrict my entry into the magistrate's room. He grabbed my wrist with sufficient force to hold me and asked me Were you present at the incident?. I immediately replied Yes, I was, thank you very much for asking. He then released my wrist and we proceeded to enter the room.
Here we have a witness who interferes with court procedures and assaults another witness. Assault is defined as unwanted intentional touching.
I neglected to mention the assault by Ferguson during my testimony but tried to correct his testimony but was not permitted by the magistrate.
The magistrate ruled at the end of the testimony that there was no probable cause of an assault by Father Joseph F. Pranzo.
Jim and Joe Rizoli appealed the decision as permitted by court and got another date, April 7, 2009 for another probable cause hearing.
On Tuesday, April 7, 2009, I again joined Jim and Joe Rizoli in court. This time, Jim and Joe Rizoli had hired an attorney David Grossak, Esq, and we would testify before Judge Douglas Stoddart .
When it came to my turn to testify, I told the judge that Ferguson grabbed my wrist in the first court appearance and Judge Douglas Stoddart stated that this action in itself was an assault.
When deputy police chief Ken Ferguson testified, he did not deny that he grabbed my wrist, and Joseph Rizoli's a attorney David Grossak, correctly pointed out to the court that Ferguson had overstepped his authority in a state court as a witness and trying to limit the court access of another witness. One would think from Ken Ferguson's web page that he would know something about ethical issues in policing.
Ken Ferguson claimed that he was trying to control a crowd from coming in, but the only person he tried to control was Harold J. Wolfe. He did not attempt to stop anyone else.
If the tables were turned and I had grabbed Ferguson's wrist and tried to block him from entering the magistrate's room, I would have immediately been arrested and charged with assault and battery of a public official.
In fact, when I did inadvertently touch Officer Gregory Reardon on June 15, 2007, I was charged and prosecuted for Assault and Battery of a Public Official
The hypocrisiy of the police department is overwhelming and repugnant.
Our government is the potent and omnipresent teacher for good or for ill,
it teaches the whole people by its example.
Our government teaches the whole people by its example. If the government
becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man
to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
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