Gutwill allegedly told Ferguson during a Feb. 5 phone call that he was going to "blow the place up," "turn the place upside-down" or words to that effect. e-Services. Despite the setback, Steiner asked that the second 11-member City Council take up the issue again. The federal complaint alleges that Police Chief Ferguson accused Gutwill of "untruthfulness" and opened an investigation into his actions in March - about a month after Gutwill spoke with the FBI. This web site is designed for general information only. In the lawsuit Gutwill's lawyer argues Gutwill's federal civil rights were violated, aloso citing the "whistlebower statute" when "Chief Ferguson trumped up a charge of "untruthfulness" against Det. Efforts Monday evening to reach lawyers representing the town and the union were unsuccessful. His amendment passed, but the amended motion with Steiner’s change failed in a 4-6-1 vote, with City Council Janet Leombruno abstaining. call or text at 508-315-7176. Detective Matthew Gutwill, who was placed on leave in August, filed suit in U.S. District Court on Friday alleging his civil rights were violated and a violation of the Massachusetts Public Employee Whistleblower statute. #framingham Steiner insisted he wanted it to take effect during this current City Council term, and amended the motion at the City Council’s meeting on June 30. "He's looking to clear his name," Anderson said, "and he's looking to serve the community the best he can.". Town Manager Bob Halpin told Fox 25 there is "an absence of fact in the allegations. The original bylaw proposed by Steiner in mid-2019 did not include those exceptions. Gutwill met with the FBI in January to discuss what he called the "entrenched practice of tolerating corruption," within the department, discussing both the allegations of the other officer lying under oath and other departmental problems. In comments provided to a local television station earlier this year, Town Manager Bob Halpin there is "an absence of fact" in Gutwill's allegations. Gutwill is also pursuing a federal whistleblower lawsuit against the town, in which he alleges the chief retaliated against him because he voiced concerns about the police department to the FBI. CRISPR Therapeutics, a Switzerland-based biopharmaceutical gene editing company, has announced it is building a new cell therapy manufacturing facility in Framingham. After an internal investigation, Ferguson placed Gutwill on leave, claiming that Gutwill lied to the internal investigator. Ferguson said he could not comment due to the ongoing case. In my opinion, the amendment as currently written would now only impact an existing office holder upon reappointment or if they are reelected when they take office for the subsequent term. Gutwill's return marks a drastic turn of events for the veteran officer, who was set to undergo a disciplinary hearing Monday. "We feel that he's been unfairly targeted both in the manner the investigations were conducted and the results that were reached, as well as the town turning a blind eye to other misconduct by other officers.". FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/22/20 For further information, contact: Christopher J. Petrini, City of Framingham Solicitor Tel: (508) 665-4310 *STATEMENT* Summary Judgment Issued in Favor of the City of Framingham by a Former and Current Member of the Framingham Police Department FRAMINGHAM, MA- Today Judge Talwani of the US District Court in Boston entered summary judgment in favor of the City … "This is an important decision for Framingham and for police departments throughout the Commonwealth.". The decision paves the way for the police department to proceed with a disciplinary hearing scheduled in Gutwill's case, which stems from comments he allegedly made to the police chief during a heated exchange in February. A suspended Framingham police detective has filed a federal lawsuit against the Town of Framingham and Framingham Police Chief Ken Ferguson alleging his civil rights were violated when he reported corruption complaints against about the police department to the FBI. FRAMINGHAM - The state's highest court will not take up the case of a Framingham detective who lost his post working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, ending a legal challenge filed on his behalf by the Framingham Police Officers Union. Please select a Lawyer / Law firm from the Right column. According to court filings, the union has asked the American Arbitration Association to intervene in Gutwill's case, arguing the police chief violated the union's contract by placing Gutwill on leave. - A Framingham police detective has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming town officials retaliated against him for reporting corruption allegations against fellow cops to the FBI, FOX25 has learned. #boards__commissions. Christopher J. Petrini was appointed by Mayor Yvonne Spicer to serve as the City of Framingham’s first City Solicitor. Online Payment. Mary J. 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In a pair of reports issued in August and September, the lawyer found that Gutwill "was not credible" when she interviewed him about his conversation with the police chief, and that his conduct "violated established rules and standard(s) governing truthfulness, integrity during investigations, and conduct unbecoming an officer," according to the town's court filings. Christopher J. Petrini was appointed by Mayor Yvonne Spicer to serve as the City of Framingham’s first City Solicitor. ", According to the court documents, "Chief Ferguson decided to take even more decisive action to silence Det. Please direct questions to Alaa Abusalah, Citizen Participation Officer, or 774-405-9496. In a ruling released last month, a panel of judges sided with the city in a long-running dispute with Officer Matthew Gutwill and his union representatives. SOURCE is a 365-day a year, 24-hour a day news organization. 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An attorney, who was employed as the police chief's assistant and a special police officer, was allowed to appear in court on behalf of his private clients during work hours and access law enforcement databases to help those clients; "These are very serious allegations by a respected and admired public servant, who woke up every morning to get drugs off the street," Gutwill's attorney, Seth Robbins told FOX25. The detectives let confidential informants buy drugs for their own use after making undercover buys for police. Court backs Framingham police chief in officer's transfer, Framingham officer who filed whistleblower suit back on duty, Framingham drops lawsuit against police union, UPDATED: Suspended Framingham Detective Files Lawsuit Against Town, Police Chief, Framingham: Detective files suit against chief, town, Framingham Places Police Detective and Lieutenant on Paid Leave, Framingham sues police union over drug detective's case. An internal affairs investigation determined that Gutwill was right, but Ferguson asked the investigating officer to change their finding, the lawsuit alleges. In case you did not find a appropriate lawyer. And in each of the cases, found that there was no validity to the allegations and in fact, in several instances found that Detective Gutwill was untruthful.". "... the Chief turned what was supposed to be an investigation into corruption and other wrongdoing in his department into an investigation into the person who blew the whistle," states Gutwill's complaint. Prior to working for Framingham, he was a member of the Ashland Police Department. The bylaw can not be enacted however without two votes of the Council. The rules subcommittee supported the amendment, but wanted it to begin with the third City Council, that would be sworn in January 2022. Framingham Police confirmed to Framingham Source that Framingham Detective Matthew Gutwill and Lieutenant Vincent Stuart are both on "paid administrative leave.". Gutwill is currently on paid administrative leave pending disciplinary action," said Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin. ", Halpin also told FOX25, "I can confirm Det. The town conducted an extensive, independent and thorough investigation of the three allegations that Mr. Gutwill made.In each of the cases, the independent investigator found that there was no validity to the allegations. We have run into some roadblocks with the city on getting it licensed when the time comes and have received little to no help from various councils and departments,” said Roth, earlier this week. SOURCE is a 365-day a year, 24-hour a day news organization. In fact, in two instances it was found that Mr. Gutwill was untruthful," said Halpin in a statement. Initially scheduled for the end of November, the two-day hearing is now slated to take place Dec. 19 and 21, according to Gutwill's lawyer, Kenneth Anderson.