Boston cop on leave amid fed investigation
Saturday, May 23, 2015 By: Antonio Planas, O’Ryan Johnson
A veteran officer has been put on paid administrative leave amid a federal criminal investigation, Boston police said.
David “Duke” Fitzgerald — the brother of police Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald, who is in charge of the Boston Regional Intelligence Unit — was called into headquarters and put on leave Thursday night, according to police Commissioner William B. Evans.
David Fitzgerald is a patrolman hired in March 1996 and assigned to Roxbury, working out of the B-2 area. He is a past treasurer with the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association.
“It was a joint investigation between the FBI and our anti-corruption unit,” Evans said. “He’s been put on administrative leave at this time. But as far as the charges, that’s going to be up to the U.S. attorney, so I really can’t comment.”
Evans said he was not sure if Fitzgerald would ever face charges, noting the investigation is ongoing.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment. The FBI said it does not confirm or deny any ongoing investigation.
Attempts to reach Fitzgerald were not successful. According to city payroll records, Fitzgerald made $82,000 last year.