Today I am pleased to release the 2019 MPD Accountability Report. This document provides an overview of some critical MPD data: use of force, vehicle pursuits, vehicle crashes, citizen complaints, etc. Previously this data was compiled in multiple databases/locations in formats that were difficult to extract for analysis or release. However, new software and improved tracking processes in the last few years now allow us to analyze this data internally, and to share it with the public. This is the second annual MPD Accountability Report, and demonstrates the department's commitment to transparency and continuous improvement.
The information provided below about some of the calls officers responded to is derived from notes provided by MPD Officers-In-Charge (OIC) at the end of their shifts. Most narratives represent early and preliminary information that was gathered by an OIC from those in the field who were actively working cases. The OIC is sharing what they were being told, in the moment. In many instances, facts and circumstances, even the type of crime listed, can change as officers, detectives and investigators continue their work.
From 6:00 a.m. on 05/05/2020 through 6:00 a.m. on 05/06/2020, MPD received 371 calls for service. This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials. A breakdown of the calls for service per district is as follows: Central (48), East (62), Midtown (52), North (79), South (29), West (45), and Other (56). "Other" is used for calls that either do not have a sector or the sector is not in the City. This would be used in the case of one of our officers assisting another law enforcement agency.
NORTH: Traffic Incident – 8:30 a.m. A traffic stop was attempted on Northport/Troy Drive. The vehicle fled at a high-rate of speed through red traffic lights. MPD did not pursue the vehicle. **The vehicle was later observed on Packers Ave/Kipling. The driver/suspect (23-year-old male) was contacted and determined to be the same driver from earlier in the day. The suspect was arrested for eluding and received multiple traffic citations.
WEST: Death Investigation – 10:28 a.m. Officers responded to a residence for a deceased subject (94-year-old female). Nothing suspicious identified. Medical Examiner's office notified.
EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 1:05 p.m. Officers responded to a disturbance between two subjects (female victim and 23-year-old male suspect). The suspect threw the victim to the ground and punched her. The suspect attempted to prevent the victim from calling 911. The suspect was arrested/charged with domestic battery, domestic disorderly conduct, domestic intimidation of a victim and criminal damage to property.
NORTH: Sexual Assault – 2:53 p.m. Officers met with a victim who reported being sexually assaulted by a known suspect (49-year-old male). The suspect was not on scene when officers arrived. Probable cause developed to charge the suspect, once located. Investigation continuing.
CENTRAL: Crash – 4:02 p.m. Officers responded to a roll-over crash on E. Washington Ave. The driver/suspect (40-year-old male) was observed driving recklessly outbound on E. Washington when he clipped another vehicle which resulted in his own vehicle rolling. The suspect was unconscious when officers/EMS arrived. Naloxone was administered which revived the suspect. The suspect admitted to using oxycodone earlier in the day. The suspect failed field sobriety tests. The suspect was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (2nd offense) and issued multiple traffic citations.
MIDTOWN: Domestic Disturbance – 5:11 p.m. Officers responded to a residence for a disturbance between two subjects (female victim and 31-year-old male suspect). The suspect was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct.
NORTH: Crash – 5:42 p.m. Officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at Portage Rd/Lotheville. A protective frisk was conducted on a driver/suspect (23-year-old male) due to information obtained about him possibly being armed. The suspect was found to have individually packaged oxycodone on him. The suspect was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule II narcotic and possession with intent to deliver a schedule II narcotic.
CENTRAL: Domestic Disturbance – 5:46 p.m. Officers responded to a residence for a disturbance between two subjects (female victim and 33-year-old male suspect). The suspect was not on scene when officers arrived. Probable cause developed to arrest/charge the suspect, once he is located. Investigation continuing.
EAST: Disturbance – 6:15 p.m. Officers responded to a disturbance between two subjects (male victim and 32-year-old male suspect). The suspect kicked in the door to the residence where the victim resides. The suspect and victim are known acquaintances. The suspect roamed the residence and hit the fridge while the victim called 911. Officers responded and made contact with the suspect who was found to be under the influence. The suspect was not cooperative with officers. The suspect resisted arrest and threatened the officers. The suspect was charged with criminal trespass to a dwelling, disorderly conduct, resisting, threats to law enforcement and bail jumping.
CITY-WIDE: Stolen Vehicle – 8:50 p.m. Officers were notified of a stolen vehicle being pursued by Fitchburg PD and other outside agencies on the west side and through the midtown district. The stolen vehicle drove on the bike path, golf course and other private properties. MPD was not involved in the pursuit. The vehicle stopped and four occupants fled. MPD assisted with the perimeter and K9 track. Investigation continuing.
SOUTH: Check Area – 10:41 p.m. Officers responded to a report of a male subject reporting he had been shot near Park/Cedar St. Areas checked. No subjects with injuries located. No witnesses located. No evidence of shots fired/disturbance. Investigation continuing.
EAST: Check Person – 12:44 a.m. Officers responded to a report of a female reporting she had been sexually assaulted, fled the scene and was stuck in muck. Phone ping conducted to locate the female subject. The female was located and rescued from ankle deep muck. The female was evaluated by EMS. The female disclosed doing drugs with a male subject. The female reported that that the male forced her to have sex. The female was not observed with any physical injuries and decided she no longer wanted to cooperate with any investigation. The female was conveyed to a local hospital for a physical and mental health evaluation. The male subject showed up at the hospital with a non-life threatening cut which required stitches. The male subject had a different explanation of what occurred. The male subject reported that the female subject stabbed him. No charges have been substantiated at this time. Investigation continuing.
WEST: Domestic Disturbance – 1:28 a.m. Officers responded to a residence regarding a disturbance involving a 27-year-old male suspect. The suspect was contacted and he admitted to using heroin up to 3 times a day. The suspect was conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation. The suspect was arrested/conveyed to jail after obtaining a medical clearance. The suspect was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting and bail jumping (3 counts).