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September 30, 2005
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Boston police plan show of force during Red Sox-Yankees series

The Associated Press

BOSTON- A year after a woman was fatally shot by police during Red Sox celebrations, hundreds more officers will work to control crowds during this weekend's series with the New York Yankees, a newspaper reported Friday.

A deployment plan obtained by The Boston Globe calls for 876 officers and commanders to be on duty for each of three games starting Friday night.

Only 334 officers were deployed the night 21-year-old Emerson College student Victoria Snelgrove was killed last October when she was shot in the eye by a pepper pellet gun following a Red Sox victory over the Yankees.

The department has since banned the pellet guns.

This year's security plan focuses on how to keep celebrations from getting out of control if the Red Sox clinch a playoff berth by beating the Yankees. Police officials would not comment to the Globe or The Associated Press on Friday regarding specifics.

Seth Gitell, a spokesman for Mayor Thomas Menino, also declined to comment.

The department's internal investigation into Snelgrove's death concluded that officials were not prepared to control the tens of thousands of fans who gathered near Fenway Park last year.

One police commander was demoted and three officers were suspended this month as a result of the investigation. District Attorney Daniel Conley said this month no criminal charges would be filed.

The city paid the Snelgrove family a $5.1 million settlement in May.

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