Hearing held for embattled Boston Police Commissioner Dennis White

BOSTON — Boston Police Commissioner Dennis White spent about an hour with acting Mayor Kim Janey Wednesday during his removal hearing to give his final plea to keep his job. The Mayor moved to fire him after she says an independent investigation found White physically abused his ex wife back in the 90s.

White had a virtual removal hearing with Janey that lasted about an hour. We heard from the Mayor right after at a National Caribbean-American Heritage event outside City Hall.

“The purpose of the hearing was to allow commissioner White to share any additional information that he wanted to share,” said Mayor Janey.

White’s attorney released this video before the hearing with White making his case to the Mayor claiming he was the victim and his ex-wife, Sybil, was the aggressor.

“She started getting more and more aggressive, pushed me in my chest and then kicked me in the knee I had surgery on,” White said in the video affidavit.

We tracked down White’s former wife, Sybil Mason, who told us she was upset after hearing White’s version of the story.

“You trying to act so innocent. You are not innocent. You are not innocent at all. And all that stuff that happened to me, it happened to me,” said Mason.

After the removal hearing, White released his letter to the Mayor which read in part, “I am a Black man, who has been accused falsely of crimes, I have not yet been given a fair trial. Respectfully, there is no cause to remove me. I also know that with the distribution of the investigator’s report and the City’s statements about it, my reputation has been destroyed wrongly.”

When we followed up with the Mayor after her event, she would not answer any more questions about the hearing.

“I have spoken about this, there has been a hearing and my decision isn’t made,” said Mayor Janey.

Mayor Janey would not give us a timeline for her decision. Only saying she will take everything into consideration and that may take time.


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