For Immediate Release
July 15, 2010
Over the past two days, I have had discussions with Hillsborough County Attorney Robert Walsh, Manchester Mayor Theodore Gatsas, and Manchester Police Chief David Mara regarding the incident involving Manchester police officers at The Strange Brew Tavern on March 3, 2010. The Manchester Police Department has completed an internal investigation into this matter, and City Solicitor Thomas Clark has reviewed that investigation. Hillsborough County Attorney Walsh has initiated, but has not yet completed, an independent criminal investigation into the conduct of the police officers involved in this incident.
It was appropriate and consistent with standard law enforcement policies and practices for the Manchester Police Department to conduct an internal investigation of the officers' conduct. It was also appropriate for City Solicitor Clark to review the police department's internal investigation, and for County Attorney Walsh to exercise his prosecutorial discretion to investigate the conduct of the police officers involved in this incident.
Mayor Gatsas and County Attorney Walsh have requested that my office conduct an independent investigation of this incident based on recent developments in the handling of this case at the local and county level. Accordingly, I have agreed to conduct an independent criminal investigation of the incident that occurred at The Strange Brew Tavern. Thus, it is my understanding that County Attorney Walsh will suspend his present investigation.
This office will undertake a comprehensive review of all the facts and circumstances surrounding the March 3, 2010 incident to determine if there were any crimes committed by anyone involved with this incident. To date, my office has not received or reviewed any investigative reports related to this incident. This office undertakes this investigation with the understanding that any compelled statements made by the officers as part of the Manchester Police Department's internal investigation cannot be used as evidence in a criminal matter. See Garrity v. New Jersey, 385 US 493 (1967). My office will receive assistance from the New Hampshire State Police in conducting the investigation.
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