12/29/2008

Mass. police department hit by scandal

By Eric Moskowitz
Boston Globe

HAMILTON, Mass. — With its graceful Colonials and snow-covered horse farms, Hamilton in winter looks as if it were lifted from a Currier and Ives scene. Less idyllic are the feelings of many of its residents, whose appreciation for their pastoral setting has been usurped by a mix of sadness, anger, and embarrassment elicited by a Police Department scandal.

"I'm very ashamed," said Lois Davis, a 72-year-old retiree who has lived in town for more than 40 years. "People always used to say to me: `Oh, you live in Hamilton? Do you have horses?' Now I don't want to tell them where I live, because they'll say, `Oh, you have the crooked police department."'

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