This morning Karen Read and her Attorney Alan Jackson were featured on a two minute Today Show segment promoting an upcoming episode of Dateline that will be covering this case. We learned a few things by watching it which I discussed during an impromptu live stream this morning.
A Massachusetts woman who’s charged with murdering her boyfriend, Boston police officer John O'Keefe, alleges that it was a cover-up. @DatelineNBC's Dennis Murphy sits down for an exclusive interview with Karen Read. pic.twitter.com/bCj7tIP1Oi
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 24, 2023
The charging documents paint the picture of a drunk, angry woman, who intentionally backed into her boyfriend with her Lexus in order to kill him. Suggesting that their relationship was toxic was necessary for them to up-charge her with murder.
But for the first time we are now seeing how Karen Read greeted John O’Keefe when she walked into CF McCarthy’s at 9:45 PM. John is there with two of his friends, Karen walks up to him, puts her arm around him. He then puts his arm around her, pulls her closer to him, and they whisper something in each other’s ears while smiling.
This is not how people who hate each other embrace. Yet the Commonwealth wants you to believe that this is what Karen Read looked like while she was plotting to murder John O’Keefe.
They show images from 7 AM from where John’s body was discovered, after he had been taken to the hospital. Notice there is barely over an inch of snow on the ground at the time, and almost no blood splatter, despite O’Keefe allegedly bleeding out on that one inch of snow for 5.5 hours.
Three Canton Police officers – Lt. Paul Gallagher, Detective Lt Michael Lank (then a Sergeant), and Sergeant Goode – searched around John’s body and only found a broken cocktail glass and six small blood samples in the snow.
Why were they taking blood samples if they thought he was hit by a car? Police do that when they believe that the blood might have come from the suspect, but cars don’t bleed.
Most importantly, there is no mention anywhere of tail light fragments.
Twelve hours later over a foot of snow had fallen. During that time Michael Proctor towed Karen Read’s Lexus from her parent’s home in Dighton to the Canton Police Department, despite the fact that the Canton Police were no longer involved in the investigation due to conflicts (Kevin Albert is a Canton Police Officer). During those 12 hours the crime scene was completely unsecured and there were pictures taken of people walking their dogs through the area where John’s body was found. Yet when State Police did a second search of the crime scene at 5:45 (12 hours after Canton Police arrived), they found three things the Canton Police somehow missed – John’s missing black sneaker (he had only one shoe on when they found him, which CPD didn’t think was suspicious), two red plastic pieces of tail light, and one clear plastic piece of tail light.
It was already unbelievable to think that two sergeants and a lieutenant from the Canton Police Department could not see a shoe and three pieces of tail light, but we now know that the SERT team found the red tail light piece ON TOP OF THE SNOW!!
Like it floated to the top. You would think that a foot of snow would bury a small piece of tail light, forcing investigators to dig up the snow to find it. But luckily for them the laws of physics cease to exist in the town of Canton, and the tail light remained on top of the snow, no matter how much more snow fell on top of it.
In the coming days the crime scene remain completely open to the public. These images were shown on the Today Show segment.
Then on February 4, Ken Berkowtiz, who was NOT the acting Police Chief at the time, and was NOT on duty, decided to drive across town to go by the house for the hell of it. He noticed from his moving vehicle what Brian Albert and Deputy Chief Tom Keleher (who lives across the street) did not see the dozens of times they had driven by that crime scene since John O’Keefe was found dead – more tail light fragments.
Karen Read’s attorneys know that they are likely to be gagged tomorrow, and there is a chance Judge Cannone (who is not the assigned judge anymore but has kicked Judge O’Shea off the case) will revoke Attorney Alan Jackson and Liza Little’s pro hac vice status. For attorneys who are not barred to practice law in Massachusetts they must be vouched for pro hac vice by another attorney, who is essentially advocating that they understand procedures and rules in Commonwealth courtrooms. This was previously granted by Judge Krupp, but since public opinion has turned against the Commonwealth they want to revoke it. They know that the reason Alan Jackson has been so effective is that he has gotten the media to pay attention to a case that was not getting the attention it deserved for well over a year. They preferred when no one was paying attention to this case, they want to shut Alan Jackson up, and hurt Karen Read in the process.
This is why we are protesting at the hearing tomorrow. They can gag the defense attorneys but they cannot gag us all. We will be starting the protest on the steps of Norfolk Superior Courthouse in Dedham at 12:15, in anticipation of the 2 PM hearing. As Martin Luther King Jr. said,
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
This isn’t just Karen Read’s fight, it’s OUR fight. If they can do this to her they can do it to anyone. Karen is our Mockingjay, a symbol of resistance against tyranny.
The courtroom is open to the public, but has limited seating. Protesters who do not go in the courtroom and those at home are able to watch the hearing on Zoom, which you can get the code for by calling the courthouse. It will also likely be streamed by multiple media outlets, including Canton Television.
The only thing I insist of all protesters is that we remain peaceful. The other side is getting desperate and unhinged (see Chris Albert), and it is highly likely that they will try to provoke a violent reaction in the hopes that we will respond in kind on video. They would love nothing more than to paint our side as unhinged and violent, but we won’t let that happen. We are there to peacefully protest an outrageous injustice, and our passive, nonviolent resistance will stand in sharp contrast to provocations from the forces of evil.