Massachusetts state trooper is suspended after video appears to show him fighting with women on sidewalk on night out while off duty
- Video footage appears to show an off-duty Massachusetts state trooper fighting with a group of women on a Boston sidewalk
- The trooper is seen pushing and punching the women after one of them screamed ‘You hit my friend!’
- The trooper has been identified by the Massachusetts State Police and faces a department hearing on Friday. He has not been named publicly
- A man who was out with the women – who did not wish to be identified – told WBZ4 that the fight it was sparked after a disagreement in a nightclub
- Sources say there may be other off-duty troopers involved in the fight
A Massachusetts state trooper has been put on paid leave after a video emerged which appears to shows him fighting with a group of women on a Boston sidewalk while off duty.
Video of the confrontation shows a man in a red plaid shirt pushing several women and then appearing to punch one of them.
The man has since been identified as a state trooper who has been on the job for a year, and he has been relieved of duty, according to WBZ4. He has not been named publicly.
The footage shows a woman in a blue crop top shouting ‘You hit my friend!’ at the off-duty trooper.
Three other women in the group and a man are seen standing behind the arguing pair before the chaotic melee began to ensue.
The officer appears to push the yelling woman, who then lunges towards him and begins aggressively punching him as the group followed behind.
Another woman in a black top also appears to punch him before he shoves her away.
A man in a white shirt, who appears to be with the trooper, then appears to shove the two other women to the ground before they have a chance to intervene.
The video then cuts back to a group surrounding the trooper as another one of his friends attempts to push them of of him.
The trooper then makes his way back to the pair of women who were pushed to the ground and appears to striking one of them with a closed fist.
The unnamed trooper was seen wearing a red flannel shirt and was identified by the Massachusetts State Police Department after the video was released
Video footage captured the moment an off-duty Massachusetts state trooper was seen physically assaulting a group of women on a Boston sidewalk
The footage began with a woman in a blue crop top yelling ‘You hit my friend!’ at the trooper before he shoved her
A man who was out with the women – who did not wish to be identified – told WBZ4 that the fight it was sparked after a disagreement on a nightclub dance floor.
He said he and the women accidentally bumped into the off-duty trooper while dancing, and the ensuing argument led to the fight on the sidewalk later.
He told the CBS-affiliate: ‘I didn’t realize that he was an off-duty state trooper fighting women. He punched my friend in the chest, pinned one against the wall.’
He added: ‘I do want there to be justice. We do want to see him fired.’
Sources told the news station that other off-duty troopers are believed to be involved in the fight.
The trooper in the video faces a duty status hearing Friday, the network reports.
Other troopers that were involved in the video may also be disciplined as well.
The woman’s group of friends then lunged towards him as chaos began ensuing
The woman in the blue crop top and another woman in a black shirt then began aggressively punching the trooper before he shoved the one in the black shirt aside
The department began investigating the incident after a video of the fight was made available to them.
‘Yesterday the Department became aware of a disturbing video depicting an assault committed by a man alleged to be an off-duty member,’ department spokesman David Procopio said in a statement.
‘The actions as depicted in the video are the antithesis of the values and conduct demanded of department members.
‘We have opened an investigation to determine the identities of the alleged assailant and the victim or victims.’
The trooper then went to strike two of the other women involved who were shoved to the ground by one of his friends
This is not the first time a Massachusetts state trooper has been in trouble for assault.
Former trooper Michael Atton was accused of abusing his wife as she claimed he forced her arms behind her and then threw her into the ground back in June, according to WCVB.
Police responded to the alleged attack as she showed them bruises she sustained on her arms and legs.
He was given a restraining order against his wife even after he denied laying a hand on her and claimed that she bruised easily because of a rare blood disorder she had.
He was arrested for breaking proximity rules and was forced to wear an ankle monitoring bracelet.
Atton was then arraigned in court on June 7 and made bail after pleading not guilty to charges of assault and battery against his wife.