After viewing the YouTube video of Detective Stephen LeBert stopping a vehicle in Medford Square on Sunday night, I was fully shocked and saddened by the Detective’s statements and his demeanor directed toward the driver of the vehicle. The word and behavior of the officer as shown on that video go far beyond the acceptable standards of behavior for a police officer.
As Mayor of the the City of Medford for 28 years, I know that the vast majority of Medford police officers carry out their duties professionally and with courtesy to the public. The motto ‘to protect and serve’ reflect the daily reality of the words and deeds of the rank and file of our police force.
Chief Sacco has directed the Internal Affairs Division to conduct an investigation of this matter. Both the Chief and I agree that this investigation must proceed with all deliberate speed and that the final report must be both fair and complete.
When I have received the Chief’s recommendations I will consider them carefully and follow up with appropriate and decisive action.