Police and Law Enforcement

Boston officer apologizes for racially insensitive video, suspended for 1 year

A Boston Police officer will be off the job for a year after creating a fake movie trailer with text that read, "black people have met their match."

"We don't tolerate this type of behavior. We work so hard to build community respect," said Commissioner William Evans. 

Officer Joseph DeAngelo issued a written apology to the public in a news conference Thursday.

"I was taught by my parents at a young age to respect people of all races, colors and religions, and was taught that all people, no matter what they look like or where they come from, should be treated the same....We all make mistakes in life, and some are bigger than others. I made a big one and ask for your forgiveness," said the apology, in part. 


"It was clear from Officer DeAngelo's interview that he feels significant remorse for his actions," said Evans. 

Boston 25 News broke the story about the video, which had sparked an internal investigation at the department. Some of the text in the video said, "This summer Black people have met their match." Evans said DeAngelo made the video and sent it to friends, some of whom were police officers. One officer alerted the department to the video's existence on June 8. 

At that point, the main officer featured in the video, Dennis Leahy, was interviewed and placed on leave. Then, DeAngelo stepped forward and admitted that he made the video without was interviewed and placed on leave on June 15. Leahy was cleared of wrongdoing. 

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