Hours after Boston police officer Roberto Pulido abruptly pleaded guilty to federal cocaine-trafficking charges yesterday, Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis vowed to investigate other allegations of corruption that emerged during two days of testimony.
"There certainly was information that came out during the course of the trial that we have to review," Davis told reporters after giving a pep talk at the evening roll call of the motorcycle unit to which Pulido had belonged. "There will be a thorough investigation."
That is definately not what the people of Boston want to hear. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure there are far more decent cops in Boston than crooked ones, but this problem does seem to be pervasive and it's not going to go away. Clearly, the BPD has to get its house in order, because they're not going to clean up gangs, stop the violence and end the worst-offending drug trades in the city if a good number of cops in the force is in on the action. That's when we say Boston has "systemic" crime problems. Ouch.