Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki
Protesters demanded harsh and immediate punishment for a Boston cop accused of seriously injuring a 21-year-old man in an alleged drunken-driving crash on New Year’s Day.
“If it was one of us, we would be fired. The fact that he was able to go home to his family and enjoy his family while receiving paid administrative leave is unacceptable,” said Monica Cannon-Grant, who organized yesterday’s protest outside the Boston Police Department’s Roxbury station.
Domenic A. Columbo, 39, was ordered released on his own recognizance last week after his arraignment in Dorchester District Court, where he faces a charge of negligent operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol resulting in serious bodily injury. He has been suspended with pay.
Police say Columbo was off-duty and driving his personal Ford F-150 pickup truck when he collided with a 2011 Honda Accord at the intersection of Columbia Road and Ceylon Street, according to a police report.
Jose Teixeira was seriously injured in the crash, and protesters said they want justice for the victim.
“In this situation, we believe Domenic Columbo should have been fired,” Cannon-Grant said, flanked by a protester holding a sign stating: “Hold BPD Accountable.”
Cannon-Grant accused prosecutors of granting Columbo special treatment by releasing him on personal recognizance.
“They didn’t even ask for bail, nor did they require Officer Domenic Columbo to go to Alcoholics Anonymous,” she said. “The only thing they asked for is that he stay away from the family, and that is unacceptable.”
Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office, said Columbo did not receive “preferential treatment.”