Boston Police Commissioner Dennis White Fired by Acting Mayor Kim Janey Over Decades-Old Domestic Violence Allegations

Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced Monday she fired Boston Police Commissioner Dennis White, who had been on administrative leave since February as a city-hired attorney investigated decades-old domestic violence allegations against him.

Janey, speaking at a City Hall press conference, said she reached the decision to terminate White’s employment after considering the findings of the independent review along with testimony provided during a private hearing on June 1.

Janey informed White of her decision earlier on Monday, she said. The termination is effective immediately.

“Dennis White has repeatedly asserted that the domestic violence allegations against him are false, but he stated in his hearing and during the investigation that he has hit and pushed members of his household,” Janey said. “The allegations and evidence of this behavior raised serious questions about his fitness to lead the Boston Police Department, and Dennis White’s actions in recent weeks have done even more to erode public trust in his judgment and ability to lead.”

In terminating White, Janey vowed to bring forth departmental reforms and announced her administration is setting the stage for a nationwide search for his successor “to be named toward the end of the year.”

Specifically, Janey pledged to institute new department policies requiring all candidates for leadership positions to undergo background checks; to revisit and revamp the force’s 15-year-old domestic violence policy; and to create a new policy on sexual assault.

Janey said she will also form a committee of residents, public safety advocates, and law enforcement professionals to lead a process to hear from residents about what they want to see in police department leadership.

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SOURCE: Boston.com, Christopher Gavin

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