By Laura M. Reckford, Enterprise Newspapers
The Town of Falmouth’s insurance company has hired a lawyer to conduct an “independent investigation” of allegations of harassment within the Falmouth Police Department.
Police personnel received a memo from Falmouth Police Chief David F. Cusolito this week that attorney Donna Brewer McKenna of the Boston law firm Casner and Edwards has been retained “on behalf of the town” to conduct an investigation “into the conditions in the police department that have led several members recently to file complaints of discriminatory treatment with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.”
According to information from the office of Falmouth Town Counsel Frank K. Duffy Jr., Ms. McKenna has been hired by the town’s insurance company, Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), which is paying for her services.
Since December, seven members of the police department have filed complaints with MCAD.
Six of the complaints are from white patrolmen. They say that Falmouth Police Sergeant Arthur R. Gonsalves, who is of Cape Verdean descent, has harassed them by accusing them of being racist... Read the rest of this Falmouth Enterprise story here, and comment below.