Canton Coverup Part 321: Wrentham Police Report Shows Canton Police Chief Helena Rafferty Covered Up Hitting Elderly Man In Crosswalk While Driving Town Owned Vehicle


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We have received the police report from Wrentham Police confirming the story we published last night about Canton Police Chief Helena Rafferty hitting an elderly man in a crosswalk while driving on February 16.


WPD was very helpful and responsive in getting me this report, which they emailed to me this morning without ever submitting a request.

It’s interesting that the victim’s address was not redacted, but Rafferty’s address was redacted.

Possibly because she doesn’t want people to Google her and find out that she lives in a $1.8 million house, because people might start asking questions about how a public servant can afford to live in a 7K square foot mansion in Norfolk. Either way, she seems to be getting special treatment and consideration that the elderly man she mowed down did not get. This is why officers tried calling Wrentham Police Chief Bill McGrath within minutes of finding out Rafferty was involved.

Chief McGrath needs to explain why the victim’s address wasn’t redacted, but Rafferty’s was.

Yesterday we reported that our source claimed that it may have been a town owned vehicle that Rafferty used to strike the victim. This was confirmed by the police report.

Rafferty apparently takes her police car home with her, which is paid for by the taxpayers of Canton, and drives around with it recreationally. The 2022 Ford Explorer was not one of the 6 vehicles seen parked outside of her home yesterday.

The police report clearly states that the victim was walking with a cane and wearing a reflective yellow vest, yet Rafferty claims she did not see him. The responding officer made sure to put in the report that the intersection was poorly lit. Chief Rafferty also wisely requested to be breathalyzed.

The only reason for Rafferty to ask to be breathalyzed is because she anticipated that this police report would eventually be made public, and she didn’t want to be accused of being drunk. But if she knew that it would be made public then why didn’t she mention it at all over the last 7 weeks? She claims to be a reformer who preaches transparency. The first woman appointed to her male-dominated position. Yet she didn’t think to issue a statement about her complete failure to follow basic traffic laws that ended up hospitalizing an elderly man? Her first thought wasn’t to be transparent, it was to cover her own ass.

The lone witness statement from the woman behind Rafferty made it clear that the first thing she saw was the victim’s yellow “very reflective” vest.

Michael Barry took every possible safety precaution while going for a walk at 6:30 PM. He wore a reflective vest and walked in a crosswalk with his cane. Then a woman whose department regularly cites citizens for not obeying traffic laws, ignored all traffic laws and hit him with a police-owned vehicle despite the precautions he took.

If the woman behind Rafferty saw the vest then why didn’t she? There is no way she was paying attention to her surroundings. There is no way she came to a complete stop. Taking a left out of that intersection is probably difficult at that time of day, and when she saw an opening she likely just gunned it without making sure no one was in the crosswalk.

I would have empathy for Rafferty if she hadn’t hidden it, along with the Select Board and the Canton Police Department who all had to have known about this and didn’t want it getting out. The car was owned by the town of Canton, which means their insurance had to pay for any damages to the vehicle. She was duty bound to report it to the town because the vehicle is owned by the town.

But the Board of Selectman chose to cover up this incident because the 5 entrenched old men who are in charge of hiring her and deciding what she gets paid, fully support the police and oppose all efforts at transparency. They all voted against the police audit in November, and none of them has demanded any sort of accountability from their hand picked, legacy police chief.

There is an election in Canton tomorrow for the Board of Selectmen and two of the candidates – Rita Lombardi and Trish Boyden – have been vocal supporters of the audit, and vocal critics of Rafferty. The two incumbents they are running against – Michael Loughran and Tom Theodore – must have been aware that this happened, but continued to support Rafferty anyway.

This is ELECTION INTERFERENCE. It is no different than not reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop a month before the presidential election of 2020. Had the public been made aware that the police chief, who is backed by Loughran and Theodore, had been cited for running over an elderly man in a town owned vehicle that she was using for recreational purposes, then it might affect who they vote for on Tuesday.

Chief Rafferty has a long and documented history of supporting police corruption and not being transparent. In April she issued a statement suggesting that Karen Read’s attorneys were unethical, and called our accurate reporting on the coverup of John O’Keefe’s murder “sensationalist,” while urging people not to talk about the case, but rather wait until trial so an innocent woman could be lynched by the Commonwealth.

Chief Rafferty also failed to alert the mother of a 5 year old boy, who was the victim of a drive by egging in which a close friend of the McAlberts threw an egg during a peaceful protest outside of the Canton Police Department, about a clerk magistrate’s hearing in Stoughton District Court. As a result the mother did not show up and the charges were dropped. Rafferty went on to blame the 5 year old victim’s mother.

In early November her department dispatched four officers to a peaceful protest on the busiest street in town, threatening them with felony charges for witness intimidation if they did not voluntarily surrender their First Amendment rights to protest an elected official on a public sidewalk.

She said the peaceful protest was “criminal in nature.”

But unlike her, the 9 individuals she has attempted to charge with felony witness intimidation never hurt anyone physically like she did when she ran over an elderly man in a crosswalk.

In January of 2023 Rafferty issued a virtue signaling public statement condemning the Memphis Police Department for “eroding public trust” for the beating death of Tyre Nichols, whose injuries looked remarkably like John O’Keefe’s.

Since Rafferty is so concerned about the “public trust” why wouldn’t she be up front and forthright about the fact that she violated traffic laws by running over an elderly man while driving her police owned vehicle for recreational purposes in another town in Norfolk County?

The day after we reported that State Police intentionally chose not to interview Lucky Loughran – the plow driver who reported that John O’Keefe’s body was not on the front lawn of Brian Albert’s house at 2:30 AM – Rafferty responded to this police corruption and completely lack of transparency by going on a rant about how bad Turtleboy is. She defended Jennifer McCabe, claiming that the woman who Googled “hos long to die in cold” at 2:27 AM, was a victim of witness intimidation because a bunch of people peacefully protested her involvement in the murder while standing on a public street.

McCabe’s 2:27 AM Google search is undeniable evidence of a coverup. Yet Rafferty LIED to the public by claiming that there was “no evidence of a coverup.”

She ended the self-serving rant by saying that her children would always be able to view her as a “person of integrity” because there was no evidence of a coverup of John O’Keefe’s murder. Tom Theodore thanked her at the end.

Six months later she covered up her own involvement in a car crash that was 100% her fault and ended up putting an elderly man in the hospital for 3 weeks.

Did the victim have dog bite marks on him? Or does that only happen to people who get hit by cars in Canton?

Did the victim have lacerations on his arm, a 3 inch gash in the back of his head, and raccoon eyes, or does that only happen when people are hit by cars and land on grass?

Did police find 35 pieces of headlight at the scene over the next 3 weeks, or do car lights only shatter during low impact crashes when the vehicle is going in reverse?

Karen Read, Chris Albert, Helena Rafferty. 

The only person in that group who has not hit people with their car or killed a man is Karen Read.

The only person in that group who does not have institutional power in Norfolk County is Karen Read.

The only person in that group who does not have direct family ties to the State Police and Canton Police Department is Karen Read.

The only person in that group whose alleged crash received any attention from the media is Karen Read.

The only person in that group  who made no attempts to coverup anything was Karen Read.

Both Chief Rafferty and Chris Albert should resign from leadership immediately, but they won’t because they are shameless corrupt bullies. The only way to get rid of them is by voting in tomorrow’s election for Trish Boyden and Rita Lombardi.


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