From Bay Windows we learn:
Acting Provincetown Police Chief Warren Tobias said that based on his reading of the “numerous and detailed” police reports of the incident, “I would have to say that I do not believe the police overreacted.” Tobias declined to make the police reports available to Bay Windows, citing the ongoing legal proceedings related to Scott’s arrest
I didn't know it was within the power of a Police Chief to withhold public documents from the public, but even if it is within his authority, what does this action tell us about his intended level of cooperation in finding the truth? The article continues:
Tobias, who stressed that he could not discuss the arrest in detail as it is still an open legal matter, said he believes the officers acted appropriately. He pointed out that there were “numerous complaints about the party from residents of the neighborhood.”
He also stated that police “responded in a tempered manner” by using gradual sanctions against the party hosts during their first two visits to address the complaints. Tobias notes that officers handled similar noise complaints about a party earlier in the summer “in the exact same manner. We have not done anything to change or alter our response.” Tobias expressed his belief that Scott’s actions when police arrived for the third time “escalated the situation,” which resulted in his being arrested.
It seems to me that Tobias is all too eager to say he defends his men's actions, and reserves the "I can't talk right now" card for the questions he doesn't like.
Here is something I think I would like to hear Acting Chief Tobias say:
"The police officers involved in this incident have been suspended until an independent investigation is concluded."
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UPDATE: The Edge Boston is reporting that all three calls for noise complaints for the party that Barry Scott was DJing for came from 22 Franklin Street, over half a mile away from the party. This is the first clear evidence that this party was targeted, for one reason or another.