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DA Clears 20 State Troopers In MA Suspect's Death

DA Clears 20 State Troopers In MA Suspect's Death

Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett speaks during a press conference, releasing investigative findings in the arrest and death of Kenneth Howe. Howe, of Worcester, was arrested after a struggle at a sobriety checkpoint in North Andover. [AP]

The Boston Herald via YellowBrix

November 24, 2010

WORCESTER, MA – Police did nothing wrong when they busted a 45-year-old Worcester man who died hours after resisting arrest, Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett has found.

“While Mr. (Kenneth) Howe had injuries associated with a strenuous physical struggle, he did not have any associated with purposeful hitting,” Blodgett said. “The medical evidence also shows that Mr. Howe suffered from a heart condition and high blood pressure that contributed to his death.”

The 20 state troopers and other officers involved in Howe’s 2009 arrest “did everything correctly,” Blodgett said, releasing the results of an 11-month probe.

Last November, Howe was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint in North Andover. He was carrying nearly 200 Oxycontin pills and more than eight ounces of marijuana.

After a struggle, Howe was arrested and transported to the state police barracks in North Andover.

When he arrived, officers noticed he wasn’t breathing. He was later pronounced dead at Lawrence General Hospital.

Howe’s family has said he was beaten by police and filed a civil rights lawsuit against officers involved in his arrest. Attorney Frances King said the family will address the report today.


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  • Eagle_and_flag_max50

    36TR

    over 3 years ago

    7638 Comments

    Glad to hear they have been cleared!!! Anyone know how 20 Troopers were involved?? Did the lawsuit name everyone working at the Post??

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    dolphinblue

    over 3 years ago

    42984 Comments

    Good news!

  • Ba_old_glory_max50

    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    42886 Comments

    I am very happy for the Troopers.

  • Flags_and_stars_max50

    djs2v

    over 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    Glad to hear that they have been cleared.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50

    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11214 Comments

    Glad the troopers were cleared after the investigation.

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Glad to hear the troopers were cleared.

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14636 Comments

    Good, what were they wanting to do, charge 20 fine Mass Troopers with murder or something? Wouldn't have surprised me. Good finding for a change.

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    One for the good guys................................

  • Marine_max50

    Devil_Dawg

    over 3 years ago

    58 Comments

    Glad to see the Troopers cleared. Sorry to hear that Mr. Howe died, but it was clearly not the Troopers fault.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    50914 Comments

    Glad to hear the Troopers are cleared.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Big surprise, another suspect dies from stupid, self imposed actions and the family (and a greedy lawyer, of course) is looking for a big payout, lets ignore the facts and sue the police.

  • John_groh_max50

    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10982 Comments

    Glad the Troopers have been cleared. Good news for a change.

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