|Officer Daniel Talbot (My Fox Boston)|
In a scalding letter, Revere Police Chief Terence K. Reardon lays out Franklin's conduct that night and why he should no longer be a police officer. The story goes as follows: Once the shooting started and Officers Soto and Bruzzese returned fire, Franklin bolted from the scene. Reardon says that Franklin ran "a considerable distance from the scene," and came upon on-duty officer Robert Impemba. Franklin, being a sergeant, ordered Impemba to drive him home (apparently Franklin was so drunk that Impemba had to help him out of the back seat of the cruiser). When Impemba asked Franklin if everything was OK, Franklin lied and said yes. The lies continued, as Franklin, who neglected to let the department know that an officer had been shot, lied to State Troopers about how he got home and that he did not know that someone had been shot.
|Sergeant Evan Franklin (Christopher King Blog)|
|Revere Mayor Thomas Ambrosino|
Sergeant Evan Franklin's behavior speaks for itself. It seems ridiculous that he is fighting the fact that his breaking several laws and lying to State Police investigators about an incident in which a fellow police officer was killed warrants his dismissal from the force. He has been getting paid administrative leave since September 29, 2007 (minus the five day unpaid suspension). It looks like he has little to complain about, and I would argue that he has gotten off pretty easy considering what he's done (public drinking, leaving firearms unsecured, lying to investigators, etc.) It will be interesting to see if Revere Mayor Thomas G. Ambrosino uses common sense or keeps Franklin on the force. What occurred that night back in September on the property of Revere High School continues to be shrouded in mystery.