It’s not often that you see a major police department in the United States make such a statement of responsibility so soon after an incident such as the one that killed College Student Victoria Snelgrove during the celebrations in Boston after the Red Sox won the ALCS two days ago. Details from the Boston Globe:
The Boston Police Department “accepts full responsibility” for the death of a 21-year-old college student killed by a police projectile fired to disperse crowds celebrating the Boston Red Sox victory over the New York Yankees.
Preliminary findings indicate that Victoria Snelgrove, a journalism student at Emerson College, was hit in the eye by a projectile that disperses pepper spray on impact, Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole said Thursday.
Snelgrove died at 12:50 p.m. at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, hours after the overnight melee.
“The Boston Police Department is devastated by this tragedy. This terrible event should never have happened,” O’Toole told reporters. “The Boston Police Department accepts full responsibility for the death of Victoria Snelgrove.”
I applaud the leadership of Boston PD for their handling of the aftermath of this incident….