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Police commander in Boston fan death guilty of using excessive force before
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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 O�Toole shot four pepper pellets the night Victoria Snelgrove was shot the eye. She later died. His attorney says O�Toole did not fire the fatal shot.

This isn�t the first time O�Toole�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 O�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.


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