(ANTIMEDIA) Worcester County, MA — A Massachusetts trooper is suing state police after higher-ups ordered him to alter a police report concerning the daughter of a judge who was caught driving drunk and in possession of drugs.
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According to that report, republished by the Boston Globe, Trooper Ryan Sceviour found Alli Bibaud, daughter of Dudley District Court Judge Timothy Bibaud, on the side of the road near Worcester. She had crashed into a guardrail, was emanating an “immensely strong odor of alcoholic beverage,” and appeared groggy and lethargic.
Sceviour checked her record and found she had previously been charged with possession of heroin, and he reported in his summary of the incident that she admitted to having used the drug that morning. After conducting a field sobriety test, Sceviour determined she was intoxicated, and she reportedly said she was “sick” and a “heroin addict.” He found a “heroin kit” and needles in her car.
He transported her to a booking area.
While these details are all present in the report, Sceviour is now suing because he says he was forced to remove others. The Boston Globe reports that Sceviour originally recounted that she “admitted performing sex acts on men to support her heroin addiction…and offered him sex as well in return for leniency.”
Further, “she started ranting that her father was a judge ‘He’s going to kill me,’ screamed Bibaud, the trooper reported.”
Two days later, Sceviour says a trooper showed up at his house and demanded that he drive 90 miles to the State Police barracks in Holden where he was told to remove the sexual references and mention of Judge Bibaud, who presides over the drug court in Dudley, located in Worcester County. Sceviour and his lawyer are suing top state police commanders on the grounds that he was ordered to falsify the report. Boston outlet WBGUR reported:
“Sceviour says he was told that the changes were ‘ordered by the colonel’ — which he presumes meant State Police Colonel Richard McKeon, who supervises the state police. The suit goes on to say that a state police major told Sceviour that he was being ‘ordered’ to make the changes in the arrest report — an order that came from the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.”
Though Alli Bibaud is still charged with drunk driving and operating a vehicle under the influence of narcotics, among other charges, state police did admit they instigated the changes to the report. Police spokesman David Procopio defended the actions in a statement:
“The revision consisted of removal of what the Colonel and senior commanders felt was a sensationalistic and inflammatory directly-quoted statement that made no contribution to proving the elements of the crimes with which she was charged.”
Further, state trial court officials insist Judge Bibaud never discussed the incident with police or requested the changes. They also pointed out that Alli’s case was quickly transferred out of Worcester County, where her father is a judge, to avoid a conflict of interest. Judge Bibaud admitted his daughter has a problem but denied any wrongdoing.
Nevertheless, Sceviour and his attorney maintain the situation was out of the ordinary:
“When was the last time the colonel got involved in a police report?” asked Sceviour’s attorney, Leon Kesten. “There was absolutely nothing wrong with his arrest report. Trooper Sceviour simply reported what he heard, and now he gets sanctioned? Because he treated her [Bibaud] the way he treats everyone else? Apparently the colonel wants connected people treated differently.”
The suit also alleges that “troopers shredded notes about Bibaud made by a third trooper, Ali Rei, who administered drug tests to Bibaud and wrote that Bibaud admitted to performing oral sex to pay for drugs, according to the lawsuit.”
Dana Pullman, president of the State Police Association of Massachusetts, sided with Sceviour in a written statement:
“I am deeply troubled by the serious breach of ethics perpetrated by the colonel and his leadership team. For State Police leadership to demand falsification of official police reports and deletion of the daily administrative record is criminal.”
As Kesten said, “We expect the State Police administration to enforce the law, not break it,” said Sceviour’s lawyer. “What they did to Trooper Sceviour is shameful.”