A Team 5 investigation has uncovered disturbing new allegations of hazing at the MBTA Transit Police Academy, a facility that has earned a reputation among local police departments for producing some of the finest police officers in the state. NewsCenter 5’s Kathy Curran reported on Friday that the academy and its instructors are under investigation.
This definitely concerns me, this is something that needs to be addressed,” said Medford police Chief Leo Sacco. Sacco told Team 5 he’s troubled because the allegations come from his recruit, Mark Cardarelli, a decorated Marine. In a report obtained by Team 5 Investigates, Cardarelli claims training officers called him homophobic slurs and degrading names. He claims there was even negative talk about Chief Sacco’s family.
“Some of the allegations were personal to me and my family so I was somewhat shocked and taken aback, some of the most concerning items were pointed at Officer Cardarelli,” said Sacco.
Some of the allegations detail how recruits were forced to take naked showers while touching each other under freezing water, and being forced to eat multiple Ring Dings before a long run. According to the report, when one recruit got sick, an academy officer snapped pictures. On another occasion, Cardarelli claims he was sprayed with dirty water while on a run through a cemetery.
Cardarelli wrote that he swallowed a mouthful of the dark, Coca-Cola colored water and he believes that’s what landed him in the hospital with a serious infection requiring emergency surgery.
Former Boston police lieutenant and professor of criminal justice Tom Nolan says if true, the behavior is unacceptable. “It’s completely counter-productive. I’m afraid it’s going to send the wrong message if these kinds of officers are coming out of this training setting that they would go out and treat the public in a like or similar manner,” Nolan said.
Cardarelli is the son of MBTA police officer Danny Cardarelli who sued the T for allegedly trying to cover up a murder. The suit was later dismissed because the statute of limitations ran out.
Team 5 Investigates has also discovered in 2010, a 43-year old female recruit from Walpole, Mass. filed a discrimination complaint against the Academy claiming she was called “grandma” and was forced to carry a walker during training. She ultimately withdrew her case. But the instructor she accused happens to be one of those accused in the current investigation.
“I know they won’t condone any bad behavior, if that’s what took place,” said Sacco.
Joe Pesaturo, a spokesman for the MBTA, told Team 5 Investigates the agency has retained outside counsel to investigate and that no other recruits from the current class have filed any complaints. Medford’s mayor and police chief removed recruit Cardarelli from the academy this week because they were concerned about his safety and didn’t want the allegations to disrupt the class.
More than 100 people who don't agree on much agreed yesterday that a Congress that passes a law permitting the indefinite detention of Americans without charge diminishes the country.
Among them were Sheila, a 68-year-old tea party member from Worcester who brought her sign “What-cha gonna do when They come for you,” and Occupy Worcester's Sam Capogrossi. See the rest of the story, below.
House floor speech on the unconstitutional provisions of the NDAA bill.
Cardin (D-MD), Coburn (R-OK), Crapo (R-ID), DeMint (R-SC), Durbin (D-IL), Franken (D-MN), Harkin (D-IA), Lee (R-UT), Merkley (D-OR), Paul (R-KY), Risch (R-ID), Sanders (I-VT), Wyden (D-OR) (14 American Heroes)
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WORCESTER — More than 100 people who don't agree on much agreed yesterday that a Congress that passes a law permitting the indefinite detention of Americans without charge diminishes the country.
Among them were Sheila, a 68-year-old tea party member from Worcester who brought her sign “What-cha gonna do when They come for you,” and Occupy Worcester's Sam Capogrossi. They and a dozen others banged on a 5-gallon plastic container, trying to persuade the drivers in rush-hour traffic on Main Street that the National Defense Authorization Act that passed in December is a threat to their civil liberties. The law permits indefinite detention for terrorism suspects, American or not.
They read in unison the Bill of Rights in the plaza in front of the federal courthouse, under the watchful eyes on three Worcester police officers and two members of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service. There were no incidents, save for a citation written for defacing public property when an Occupy Worcester member wrote in chalk “Occupy Everywhere” on a column in Federal Plaza.
Members of each group said they admired the other group for its stand on NDAA, but except for a brief speaking portion of event, Occupy Worcester members mostly occupied the north end of the small Federal Plaza Park and tea partiers mostly the south. There was some “good discussion” among the members, but “we're not changing any minds,” said Ken Mandile, head of the Worcester Tea Party.
Nevertheless, he said, it is impressive that the groups can put aside their differences to stand for such an important principle as the Bill of Rights.
Occupy Worcester's Jonathan Noble said, “Anarchists, communists, and tea partiers are standing together. Even though I feel a little uncomfortable about what they (tea party members) stand for, I think it's kind of a beautiful thing that we can stand together on this.”
Carrying a sign saying “Give Me Liberty,” Paxton tea partier Margaret Pennace said. “I think it's a wonderful demonstration of Americanism.”
Chris Robarge of Occupy Worcester said the NDAA is written so vaguely, members of the Occupy movement or of the tea parties may learn only “the hard way” that their activities subject them to indefinite detention.
Wayne Cormier, a 64-year-old Charlton tea partier, looked around and said people need to forget talk about the political designations of left-wing and right-wing. “That's how they keep us divided. We've got to change the paradigm.”
Mr. Cormer, carrying a Ron Paul sign and looking at the Occupiers around him, said, “They've got a good idea: the 99 percent. I guess in the NDAA, we're the 99 percent.”
But his fellow tea partier, Marcia Wagner of Dudley, retorted, “The 99 percent is another way to divide us.”
Max Shaw, 18, a Clark University freshman, said that while some tea party members may be racist or xenophobic, those he knows have some ideas he can agree with. The student, an Occupy Worcester member from outside of Philadelphia, was the only person at the rally sanctioned by police, for writing on the stone columns in chalk.
Bob Kennedy, 64, of Worcester, an Occupy sympathizer, said that the generation of his father, who would be 90, fought and died in World War II for the Bill of Rights and to defeat fascism. “I never dreamed or thought possible that our Bill of Rights would be taken away from us” by the U.S. government, he said.
City Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes and Ronal C. Madnick, both former executive directors of the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, also attended the rally, as did lawyer and radio host Randy Feldman.