Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bad Salem Cop

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Salem Massachusetts Officer Suspended After YouTube Posting

Salem Patrolman Lawrence Puleo, whose arrest of a disorderly man in October was
videotaped and posted on has been suspended following an internal

Puleo received a 15-day suspension without pay for "conduct unbecoming an
officer and discourtesy."

The video titled "Bad Salem Cop" shows Puleo using what police call a "neck
grabbing takedown" in his arrest of a 21-year-old Swampscott man.

The investigation found that Puleo was justified in making the arrest because
Travis Markarian ignored repeated warnings to disperse after downtown bars
closed for the night. However, the report calls Puleo's actions "improper and

The video, which had been viewed more than 64,000 times on YouTube, shows Puleo
walking across the street, pointing at Markarian and yelling "Get the fuck out
of here now!"

As a woman attempts to pull Markarian away, Puleo grabs him by the throat and
pulls him to the ground.

"The force used in this case, while not excessive, was certainly not proper and
customary," Capt. Paul Tucker wrote in his report. "The (profane) language used
has no place in a professional police agency."

Puleo agreed to the disciplinary action and waived his right to appeal, Salem
police said.

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