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Officers involved in Weare police shooting back on patrol

The two Weare police officers believed to be directly involved in an August shootout with a suspected Manchester drug dealer are back on active duty, said the department’s police chief, John Velleca.

Town officials said in November that the officers, who have yet to be named pending a state investigation into the shooting, had returned from paid leave but were not patrolling the streets. Velleca said yesterday that the men have since been used in the field, especially during emergency situations.

Velleca said that he had consulted with the attorney general’s office, which is handling the investigation, before making the switch. A message left yesterday for the assistant attorney general overseeing the case was not immediately returned.

Velleca declined to specify what, if any, steps or tests the officers were required to take before returning to patrol, citing personnel rules. But, he noted, “There is no reason for me to restrict their duty in any way shape or form.”

In November, former Weare police sergeant Joseph Kelley was fired from the department, weeks after being placed on leave for reasons, he said, related to the shooting.

The attorney general’s office has yet to announce when it plans to release the findings of its investigation, or whether it intends to bring criminal charges against any of the officers involved.

This AG is a joke. Cops and ducks, all covered in whitewash.

So the department just wants to move on. And the AG's office, evidently deeply loath to reach public conclusions (it still won't even 'announce when it plans to announce,' after all, now almost half a year on) in what even it admits is an ever so messy and nettlesome homicide case, is happy to oblige -- and duck. When will the taxpayers of Weare demand an investigation from their ELECTED AND ACCOUNTABLE employees, just as was recently promised to their counterparts in Seabrook -- where, jbtw, officers were named and their reports released almost immediately following the AG's involvement in that horrific incident? Does the FBI really need to step in here, too? Would a CITIZEN under a similarly troubling investigation enjoy similar deference and 'no reason to be restricted in any way shape or form?' Would they still be sporting a "license to kill" on the job? Would the taxpayers be happy to employ them?

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