Former Tisbury Police Sergeant Files Discrimination Claims in Federal Court
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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Tisbury Agrees to Pay Former Police Lieutenant $400,000
The town of Tisbury confirmed Friday that it has settled a federal lawsuit with former police Lieut. Eerik Meisner for $400,000.
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Tisbury Officer Commended After Fire Rescue
A Vineyard Haven woman and three young children are safe after a Tisbury police officer rescued them from a second-floor apartment that was on fire.
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Two Face Charges After Incident at Five Corners
Two men are facing criminal charges after an incident at a largely peaceful demonstration at Five Corners Monday afternoon that included verbal and physical altercations.
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Tisbury's New Police Station is Open Next to Old Location
Marcus C. McGraw

Although it is still without furniture and there are files on the floors, the new $1.4 million Tisbury Police and Ambulance Facility was open for business this week. Still located on Water street and 10 times the size of its 700 square foot predecessor, it shadows the four parking spaces where the old station was once situated.

"I am extremely pleased now that we have something decent to work in," said Tisbury police chief John McCarthy. "We have a building that will serve the community for a minimum of 20 to 30 years. It's great."

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After Delay, Work Nears Completion On a New Police Station for Tisbury
Marcus C. McGraw

The Tisbury police and ambulance facility is nearing completion. According to police chief John J. McCarthy, the department will move into the $1.4 million building within three weeks. "I do see the light," he said. "And that's the first time I've ever said that."

The chief and Allen M. Lieb Architects of Marblehead currently are tracking all expenses to date, giving them an idea how much money they have left for furnishings.

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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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