Tisbury Names New Police Lieutenant
Tisbury police detective William Brigham has been named second in command to interim police chief Christopher Habekost, following a unanimous vote by the select board Tuesday afternoon.
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NAACP Urges Dismissal of Officer
Yvonne Guzman

The Martha's Vineyard NAACP this week called for the immediate dismissal of John Dillon, a Tisbury police patrolman who has been charged with racism by a fellow officer.

In a three-page letter to the Gazette, the NAACP lists a series of alleged offenses by Mr. Dillon, highlighted by an incident in which the officer parodied stereotypical African-American speech when rewriting a computer document authored by Theophilus M. Silvia 3rd, the town's only year-round African-American patrolman.

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Officer Accused of Racist Acts is Put on Indefinite Paid Leave as Full Investigation Continues
Yvonne Guzman

Tisbury police officer John Dillon -- who has been under fire from the NAACP for allegedly racist acts against the town's only African-American patrolman -- is on indefinite paid administrative leave this week.

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Tisbury Is Embroiled in Heated Dispute As Police Deal with Charges of Racism
Yvonne Guzman

Charges of racism erupted this week at the Tisbury police department, with the town's only African-American year-round officer saying he has been the subject of harassment, jokes and even an offensive caricature displayed in the station.

The allegations of Theophilus M. (T.M.) Silvia III, filed over a period of 12 months with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, were made public this week by the Vineyard chapter of the NAACP, where officials were dissatisfied with the town's response to the issue.

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Children Meet Racism on Tisbury Side Street
Chris Burrell

Two young girls from New Jersey got their first exposure to overt racism this week when they returned from a morning walk into downtown Vineyard Haven and found a racial slur spray-painted in letters two feet tall in the street by the house their family was renting at Clough Lane and Pine street.

Tisbury police are investigating the vandalism that happened Wednesday — possibly in broad daylight — and police chief John McCarthy is looking into whether the incident should be considered a hate crime.

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Community Helps Traffic Officer Cross Over to Retirement
After 15 years of directing vehicles coming off the ferry at the Vineyard Haven Steamship Authority terminal, officer Eloise Boales is retiring from her post in Tisbury.
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Police Investigate Well Contamination at Housing Development
Two wells at the site of a planned 20-unit rental development in Tisbury were purposely contaminated with motor oil, Philippe Jordi, executive director of the Island Housing Trust said Thursday.
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Three Islanders Arrested in Falmouth and Tisbury Drug Investigation
Louisa Hufstader
Police in Tisbury and Falmouth worked with members of the Cape Cod Drug Task Force and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to arrest three Tisbury residents Tuesday after a two-month investigation, Tisbury police said.
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Former Tisbury Police Sergeant Files Discrimination Claims in Federal Court
Noah Asimow
Former Tisbury Sgt. Kindia Roman has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
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Tisbury Police Go Green in Style
Aaron Wilson
The Tisbury police department is the proud owner of the Island’s first hybrid police cruisers.
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