Boston police officer pleads guilty to ‘road rage’ retaliation, forfeits $96,000 job

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Boston police officer pleads guilty to ‘road rage’ retaliation, forfeits $96,000 job
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A Boston police officer has pleaded guilty to charges linked to road rage where prosecutors say he used his position as a police officer to retaliate against another motorist.

Judge Michael Doolin sentenced Christopher Curtis, 37, to one year of probation during which he is to have no contact with the victim and to pay $525 in victim restitution. Having now been convicted of felony offenses, he is barred from serving in law enforcement in the future and his retirement benefits may be at stake, officials added.

He is currently suspended without pay and in the middle of an internal investigation that began before his plea, said Sgt. Det. John Boyle, chief Boston PD spokesman.

Curtis earned $96,000-plus as a Boston police officer recently, payroll records show.

“When an officer abuses their authority, as Officer Curtis did in this case, we must ensure that they are held accountable for their offenses and for their breach of the community’s trust,” Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden said in a Friday morning statement.

Curtis was involved in a March 1, 2019, “road rage incident,” for which court documents were not available Friday morning to detail, after which he used his position to look up the other party’s license plate information to then send out a $790 “phony traffic ticket” and a handwritten, threatening note “challenging the victim to dispute the ticket,” the DA said.

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