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Canton Cover-Up Part 141: Helena Rafferty Made Post Condemning Memphis Police For “Eroding Trust” In Tyre Nichols Murder, Praised Turtleboy For “Humane And Thought Provoking Inisight”


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Canton Police Chief Helena Rafferty has threatened to arrest peaceful protesters in her town, and used the official CPD social media accounts to urge people to stop paying attention to the Karen Read case. At a Board of Selectman meeting where she spoke with her back to the audience, Rafferty urged people to let the case play out in court, instead of in the court of public opinion, before making blatantly untrue comments that there was “absolutely no evidence of a coverup in the tragic death of John O’Keefe.” She’s also been a vocal critic of mine, criticizing my award winning journalism for inciting peaceful mobs of grandmothers and small children to show up and protest at her friend Jennifer McCabe’s house.

But it turns out that like many of the villains in this story, Chief Rafferty is a long time turtle rider, and a huge hypocrite.

In January of 2020 Chief Rafferty commented under a blog post I had written about Patrick Clancy, whose wife Lindsay had murdered their three children in his Duxbury home while he got takeout. That story still haunts me, and was incredibly hard to process while I was writing it. I did not defend what Lindsay Clancy, but I empathized with whatever demons she was dealing with that caused her to do something so heinous. More than anything I was in awe of Patrick Clancy, who issued a statement in which he said he still loved his wife. Chief Rafferty said it was “humane and thought provoking insight.”

In other words, Chief Rafferty doesn’t mind “sensationalism” about high profile murder cases, so long as they don’t take place in her town, and aren’t covered up by her officers. You can show empathy for Lindsay Clancy, but you can’t show empathy for Karen Read.

Right around this same time Rafferty also posted an official statement from the Canton Police Department about Tyre Nichols, a black man who was beaten to death by 5 black police officers in Memphis. In the statement she said that it “shocks the conscience” that officers who took an oath to protect and serve, would do the opposite. She asked where their humanity was, and rightfully stated that the murder “further erodes the trust earned by the righteous officers I interact with daily.” She also offered a plea to the black community of Canton that her thoughts were with them over the death of a man they never met 1,500 miles from Canton (because apparently she believes that black people are a monolith).

It’s OK to sensationalize police misconduct in Tennessee, but when you talk about it in Canton you’re part of the problem. It’s easy to condemn bad police when they’re 1,500 miles from home. It’s a lot harder when they’re the people who coach your kid’s Little League team.

In what way have her officers “earned the trust” of the community?

Lt. Michael Lank has been promoted twice since an incident in which he wrongly arrested the Lopilato brothers, while he was under the influence of alcohol, at the request of his ex-con friend Chris Albert.

Where was Lt. Michael Lank’s humanity when he saw a distraught Karen Read crying for her murdered boyfriend, went inside 34 Fairview Road, and purposely chose not to investigate the crime scene where John O’Keefe was beaten?

Former Police Chief Ken Berkowitz planted tail light evidence a week after O’Keefe was murdered, and asked a reporter to take down a tweet mentioning the fact that O’Keefe’s body was found on Brian Albert’s lawn because BA was a “pillar of the community.” When we reported this she didn’t bemoan how it “eroded the trust earned” by police. Instead she demanded that people stop paying attention to “sensational” reporting on the facts of the case.

Officers Saraf, Mullaney, Lt. Lank, Lt. Gallagher, and Sgt. Goode all searched the scene where John’s body was found and found zero pieces of Karen Read’s tail light. Yet their cowardice forces them to remain silent as the State Police, led by Michael Proctor, “found” 35 pieces of tail light that they somehow missed. This erodes the public trust.

When a peaceful rolling rally protest came to her town in July she ordered her officers to stay far away, despite the fact that residents were allegedly in fear. Many residents vocalized this concern at a Select Board meeting in August, but Rafferty said nothing to address it. How is this earning the trust of the community?

Speaking of Tyre Nichols, his autopy photos look eerily similar to O’Keefe’s.

Maybe he got hit by a Lexus too.

Why is Chief Rafferty encouraging protests in Memphis, while discouraging protests in Canton?Why has she criticized the Memphis Police but not the State Police? They quite clearly planted tail light evidence at a crime scene in her town, and in doing so made her officers look blind and inept. Why does she feel comfortable criticizing 5 cops in Memphis for doing something horrible, but makes demands that peaceful protesters stop demanding accountability for a corrupt MSP detective who lives in her town, and is leading the coverup of a murder?

It’s so easy for cops like Rafferty to criticize the Memphis Police Department, because she’ll never go there. But when it comes to cops in her own town covering up the murder of a fellow police officer she has nothing to say, except to ask people to stop talking about it.


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  1. The Heart is a personality aspect that comes up in just about any ensemble. They’re the caretaker, the peacekeeper, or just generally the bringer of goodwill. The barometer of the team’s emotional wellness. Their role is based on getting the others to recognize that there are more important things than personal grievances, especially if The Team isn’t getting along among themselves, or becoming a group of Knights Templar and Well Intentioned Extremists. This is the person who will argue and fight against the justification of “I Did What I Had to Do”. Quite often The Heart character will also be an All-Loving Hero, where they go out of their way to help all of the little people.

    Like The Hero and The Leader, they aren’t one and the same, but they often overlap since they are a good fit. The Heart often has a higher emotional intelligence than other teammates and may go out of their way to make sure everyone is taken care of.

    Alternatively, The Heart can also be The Hero (in the case of the Magnetic Hero) or The Leader, as their leadership skills keep the team from falling apart. Characters like the Plucky Comic Relief, the Tag Along Kid, and the Gentle Giant are also prime candidates for The Heart since they’re often just as lovable to the characters as they are to the audience. This also means their death or loss is most likely to trigger Losing the Team Spirit for dramatic effect.

    Due to their usual relative introversion, and tendencies towards pacifism (whether technical or actual), this character is sadly often C-List Fodder and a prime target for a single character (rather than the entire show) version of The Firefly Effect. Many series will start out with a Heart character, but the writers will begin to view them as boring and impossible to write for, so they end up being either Put on a Bus/kept Out of Focus at best or Character Death at worst. This also tends to happen when studio executives want to replace the character with a more talented or physically attractive character, in an attempt to boost ratings.

    Given that said characters are usually sweet types, this also tends to seriously anger a certain portion of the fanbase, but because the studio executives care more about ratings than they do about upsetting what is normally a minority, the character will stay dead. If fan outrage is sufficiently vocal, and the executives haven’t managed to completely alienate the actor, then the character may come back periodically as a ghost or a clone.

    Compare The Face who does the talking on The Team. See also Restored My Faith in Humanity and Morality Chain. Compare The Conscience, Token Good Teammate. Not to be confused with What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?, Heart Is an Awesome Power, or (if Elemental Powers are a factor) a Heart Beat-Down though they often overlap. Contrast with Lack of Empathy.

    1. I’d say put down the bottle Jill, but the vocabulary is too good. “Shut the fuck up and let me talk you losaaah, Turtleboy Colin wasn’t even in the house you fuckin looosaaah.” Lol

    2. You sound like a silver ponytail with sandals and white socks that puts kids to sleep at the local community college.

  2. This entire case is drowning in the hypocrisy of the police, prosecution, District Attorney, and other recipients of the “public trust.”
    Turtleboy is in a class by himself when it comes to eloquently pointing this out. Well done.

    As the defense has rightly observed: “How dare they??”

  3. She’ll eventually resign in disgrace. Not a big enough fish to make a splash. Barely a mention in the Netflix series. The “here’s what happened to them” text on the screen before the credits roll.

      1. Maybe, but she’s gone on record way too vehemently to come out unscathed. Asked citizens (that she’s responsible for protecting) to stop talking about it. Ordered her police to stay away from a peaceful protest. Speaking up in favor of murderers. Likely has no confidence from any honest officer on the force. It’d be a very uncomfortable tenure for her. This isn’t going away for somebody like her, even when it’s over.

        1. But why would she be “forced” to resign? Who is calling for her head? How many of these people are there and do the players who control her job care?

  4. Why did she interject race into it? It was 5 black cops that beat the black victim to death. SHE brought race into the equation for no apparent reason.

      1. Well. We know it won’t happen in Canton because of demographics. Not anything the Chief bureaucrat of the police department says. It’s utter unfounded bullshit and phony altruism.

  5. Hos long has this been going on?
    Hos long has this been going on?

    Well, if friends with their LEO profession
    Don’t admit that it’s part of a scheme
    But I can’t help but have my suspicions
    ‘Cause I ain’t quite as dumb as I seem

    And they said they was never intending
    To the investigate the scene the right way
    But there ain’t any use in pretending
    Karen Read’s we could all be any day

    Hos long has this been going on?
    Hos long has this been going on?

    Ooh, your friends with their LEO profession
    Don’t admit that it’s part of a scheme
    But I can’t help but have my suspicions
    ‘Cause I ain’t quite as dumb as I seem

    Oh, they said you was never intending
    To investigate the scene the right way
    But there ain’t any use in pretending
    Karen Read’s we could all be any day

    And hos long has this been going on?
    Hos long has this been going on?
    (Hos long?)
    Hos long has this been going on?
    (Hos long has this?)
    Hos long has this been going on?
    (Hos long?)
    Hos long has this been going on?

    1. Great stuff Ace

      Just another example . . .

      TB has the most talented
      most generous followers

      Love Paul Carrack
      He wrote it
      Actually not about adultery
      Its about the bass player
      who starts the song
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  6. Why couldn’t I just have John?
    I practically threw myself at him, touching him and he refused. I’m just tired of Matt and I knew he’d show me how a real man does it.
    What don’t I have that she does?!

  7. This article perfectly explains why in the minds of some there literally are no good cops. When you refuse to call out the wickedness alongside you, you are just as wicked.

    1. Cops are only as good as the community they police. There are more cops per Capita in Holden than in Boston. Yet one town is on orders of magnitude more criminal than the other. It’s not the cops that make a good town or city, it’s the quality of the people.

      1. that has nothing to do with my comment. 🤦‍♀️I’m talking about the so-called “good cops” staying quiet through all of this BS instead of calling out and condemning the corrupt. The same thing literally happened in the catholic church.

        1. It happens everywhere. It’s called “in group preference.” The Stanford Prison experiments were a test into a similar phenomena.

          And yes. It does have something to do with your post. The sample of a hiring pool gives preference to residency and race. Hire more diverse people from a diverse area, generally the less law abiding and ethical police you will get (generally).

          1. there is not a single thing you’ve said for me to address other than what I already have. Again, your replies have nothing to do with my original comment. Run along, now and take your uneducated opinions with you.

          2. “This article perfectly explains why in the minds of some there literally are no good cops. When you refuse to call out the wickedness alongside you, you are just as wicked.”

            This is what you said. ☝️

            I said the police are only as good as the community they police. Corrupt citizens allow for corrupt police. It’s like John Adams explaining that The Constitution can only be maintained with a moral and honorable citizenry. Is this too difficult for you to comprehend?

            Why do you think some police departments are worse than others?

          3. I know what I said and what I meant by it. You clearly are either too dumb or ignorant to understand. As I said, take your uneducated opinions and go away.

  8. I the police chief lady of Canton hereby shout out to my black peeps i will sometimes honor my oaf and pledge allegiance to the antifa flag and saint george floyd.

    I may be emotionally compromised and dumb but I listen to the teachings of PBS and Tik Tok. As police chief I will order all my white officers to watch every episode of The Jeffersons and join Oprah’s book club to create equity in Canton. Looting is equity!

    All Hail Monica Cannon Gunt and Dildo Dilgado!!!!

  9. Food for thought: What’s the most OBVIOUS difference between incredibly violent Memphis Tennessee and very law abiding (by contrast) Canton Massachusetts?

    Also Rafferty like most bureaucrats is a hump. She is an affirmative action appointed system cog who cares about her growing pension. That. Is. It.

  10. Can you imagine how pissed BA was when he found out about JM’s 2:27am google search?! What a rookie mistake to make.
    And so brazen of JM to wear a BPD fugitive unit cap in public – an insult to the entire BPD and task force

  11. That’s what people like her, the “new white liberals” do: they claim to NOT be racist, they claim it’s US that are racist while doing and saying the most racist things imaginable. Just look up Ami Horowitz’s video on Youtube where he asks a bunch of white Democrats about why voter ID’s are racist. It’s very telling.

  12. Will KR lawyers be calling Proctor’s Mom as adverse witness and grill her on her and her sons (2nd Family) relationship??

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