According to the woman who accused Rachael “Road Rage” Rollins of threatening her and abusing her power while in traffic on Christmas Eve, Rollins also said that she would write the woman a ticket, something she has no authority to do.
I bring this up because exactly a year ago today a Boston Police officer was accused of doing something similar, and Rollins had something to say about that.
A lawless Boston police officer allegedly mailed a fake $790 citation and a threatening note to a driver who cut him off on a highway, according to a report. The case of apparent road rage involved Christopher Curtis, 35, who is now facing criminal charges after nearly forcing another driver into a median barrier on Interstate 93 near Stoneham on March 1, the Boston Globe reported.The unidentified driver then received a bogus State Police citation in the mail a week later, complete with the logo of the Boston Police Department on its envelope. The ticket, however, listed “state” as the agency that issued the citation, court records show.
Watched you go in and out of traffic, tried pushing my truck off the road just to get into the left lane,” an accompanying handwritten note read. “Clocked you going over 90 in a 65. I have a 6 min video of you driving like an [expletive], and pulled up next to you and took your picture.”
The threatening missive concluded: “Try fighting this … I dare you! What happens when you try and run an officers truck off the road on 93S. Hope it was worth it. See you in court.” The driver ignored the stern warning and ultimately appealed the citation, prosecutors said. An investigation was launched after clerks in Woburn District Court and state troopers were unable to identify who wrote the ticket, which had an illegible signature, records show.
State Police subsequently learned that the citation was written with a Boston Police Department ticket book that had been signed out to Curtis, who initially denied any involvement, records show. But investigators got a break last summer after state records showed that Curtis had a white Toyota Tundra with a damaged front grill – just like the unidentified motorist had previously described. When confronted in August with cellphone records showing him traveling on I-93 on March 1 after an overtime assignment, Curtis “remember[ed] completely and became absurd in his explanations,” Assistant District Attorney Kevin Bergin wrote.
Curtis insisted to investigators that the other driver had nearly run him off the road but claimed the note was intended to be a joke for another cop rather than the motorist. He admitted to writing down the driver’s license plate before mailing him a ticket “as sort of a warning,” Bergin wrote.
“These allegations outline an abuse of power by an individual responsible for protecting the public and upholding the law,” District Attorney Rachael Rollins said in a statement. “The community’s relationship with members of law enforcement relies on trust, and actions like these harm the ability of every member of law enforcement to effectively perform their vital duties.”
“‘These allegations outline an abuse of power by an individual responsible for protecting the public and upholding the law,” The community’s relationship with members of law enforcement relies on trust, and actions like these harm the ability of every member of law enforcement to effectively perform their vital duties.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself. How is anyone in the community supposed to trust Rachael Rollins after this blatant abuse of power by an individual responsible for upholding the law? She already said she would not be investigating herself. Her actions of threatening a civilian and then a TV reporter harm the ability of all members of law enforcement to perform their duties. How does anyone in Suffolk County think they can get a fair trial in a case her office prosecutes? Does anyone believe that Rollins isn’t capable of planting evidence, or lying in a courtroom? She knew she was being records and she still told a reporter that she was going to make up a false allegation in order to have the reporter arrested for doing her job.
Does anyone think a white person accused of a crime would receive the same due process as a black person? She called the legitimate complaint of a white woman she committed a crime against “rantings and ravings of a white woman.”
How is this any worse than what the Boston police officer did? It’s almost the exact same story. Law enforcement officer cuts someone off in traffic, drives erratically, breaks the law, and attempts to use the authority of the state as a form of punishment by threatening to write a ticket because a civilian dared to get in their way.
“Try fighting this … I dare you!”, was Rollins’ “Today is not the day to try me,” and “Im dead serious, I will find your name.”
She’s right to go after bad cops, but the fact of the matter is that she is one herself. Rachael Rollins is unfit for the office she holds and must resign.
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