Police commander in Boston fan death guilty of using excessive force before
BOSTON (AP) -- One of the Boston police officers who may have fired the fatal shot that killed a college student celebrating a Red Sox win has been in trouble before.
His lawyer says Deputy Superintendent Robert Oďż˝Toole shot four pepper pellets the night Victoria Snelgrove was shot the eye. She later died. His attorney says Oďż˝Toole did not fire the fatal shot.
This isnďż˝t the first time Oďż˝Tooleďż˝s been accused of using too much force after a Red Sox game. In 1986, he was filmed by a TV crew slapping a drunken reveler.
In the 1986 case, a jury found that Oďż˝Toole had used excessive force and he was demoted. The current commissioner reinstated him years later.
His critics say he has a tendency to go overboard. They argue he should never have been in charge of crowd control the night the Red Sox clinched a spot in the World Series.
The investigation into the incident continues.