#MACourtFails campaign was started to raise awareness about our failing courts and criminal justice reform system, and how our elected officials would rather pass laws restricting what law abiding people do, than address the actual causations of “gun violence”.
If you follow us on social media you’ve probably seen our #MACourtFails posts. These posts outline how our judicial and criminal justice systems are endangering the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts time and again. They also clearly illustrate how our gun laws are rarely enforced, even when they are broken by “career criminals” with long histories of violent crime.
We started this campaign to raise awareness of the disregard for public safety exhibited by our elected officials, who would rather pass laws restricting and regulating what people who follow the law do, than address the actual causations of “gun violence”.
The posts below are all actual occurrences over the last four weeks.
“Baker’s Dozen Of “Violent Repeat Offenders” Arraigned Yesterday For Gun & Drug Trafficking
Prosecutors called those arrested “household names” to local law enforcement agencies. They include a man who has been arraigned 73 times as an adult.
The operations targeted repeat offenders, including those who have previously been arrested or convicted of charges of assault and battery with intent to murder, manslaughter, firearm possession, home invasion, armed robbery and drug trafficking. Link to arrest report
Eight Restraining Orders, Multiple Arrests, & 15 Years Of Probation No Deterrent For This #MACourtFails Felon
He has an “extensive criminal history,” including past convictions for possession of a firearm, possession of a shotgun, possession of ammunition, stalking, kidnapping and restraining order violations.
“He is the subject of eight restraining orders involving several plaintiffs in different Massachusetts communities, according to State Police.”
Eight restraining orders, with that record, and he’s still set free time and again to do harm. AG Healey, care to comment? Why is this man allowed to continuously harm women and endanger the Commonwealth? Link to arrest report
26-year-old Brockton man was charged with third-offense carrying a firearm without a license. He also committed a hit and run, leading to this arrest
BROCKTON — A city man was arrested early Monday morning when police say he was found to illegally be in possession of a firearm – for the third time. Link to arrest report
Arrested 3 times in less than one year, out on bail for domestic assault, then kidnaps, assaults and tries to murder someone
19-year-old charged in state forest shooting held without bail. PITTSFIELD — Kevin Nieves, the 19-year-old city man accused of shooting and wounding another 19-year-old man early Tuesday morning in October Mountain State Forest, has accrued three criminal cases against him since turning 18 last year.
Nieves is being held without the right to bail after entering not guilty pleas to his new charges, including armed assault to murder, illegal weapons possession and kidnapping. Link to the arrest report
MS13 Gang Member Who Opened Fire On Crowded Blue Line Train Gets Reduced Sentence
This MS13 gang member opened fire on a crowded Blue Line train, attempting to murder a rival gang member, shoots two people including innocent bystander, gets reduced sentence, only charged for assault and battery instead of attempted murder – gets reduced sentence for that. Link to story
Violent Felon Arrested Carrying A Stolen Firearm Commits Murder During Robbery Two Days After Arrest
“King also has an extensive criminal record, and was arrested two days before the fatal shooting for allegedly carrying a stolen firearm. He was released the next day after posting $10,000 bail. Link to report
State Police Nab Violent Fugitive Felon
Lawrence MA. This felon was wanted on a warrant for cocaine trafficking, suspected of multiple shootings, arrested for heroin/cocaine possession and shooting five rounds at a house with kids inside. Link to arrest report
State Police Nab Another Fugitive Felon Drug Dealer
MSP FUGITIVE UNIT, LOCAL OFFICERS ARREST MAN ON FIREARM, DRUG CHARGES AFTER PURSUIT
AUGUST 10, 2018—State Troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, with assistance from Norton Police and Raynham Police detectives, today arrested a fugitive wanted on firearms and drug charges, after pursuing the man by car and on foot. Link to arrest report
Armed “Career Criminal” Arrested On Gun Charges – D.A. Conley Blames Guns
BOSTON, MA— An man the DA said also faces career criminal charges was found guilty of possessing a high-capacity firearm that he handed off to another man just minutes before the second man was also arrested, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced Friday.
He faces a second trial later this month on a charge of being a “Level I Armed Career Criminal,” which could open Barbosa to an enhanced sentence based on two prior convictions for assault with a dangerous weapon. Link to arrest report
Violent Felon arrested for fleeing police – assault – robbery two years ago, arrested for weekend shooting
Once again, the Commonwealth dismisses firearms charges on a heroin dealer
D.R. of Milford, was sentenced to two concurrent terms of 21/2 years in the House of Correction after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, amended from trafficking in cocaine, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute. The balance of the sentence was suspended for 2 years with probation. As conditions of probation, he was ordered to remain drug free, to undergo a substance abuse evaluation with treatment and counseling as recommended by the Probation Department, and to submit to random drug tests. Charges of possession of a firearm without a firearm ID card, possession of ammunition without a firearm ID card, improperly storing a firearm, and causing a minor to distribute drugs were dismissed.
Drug impaired driver with record going back to 2001 arrested for second subsequent time after nearly killing two pedestrians.
The driver passed out at the wheel of his pickup truck, running the pedestrians over from behind. Link to story
Fall River Task Force Arrests Armed Drug Dealer – #MACourtFails Felon
This one had the Bristol County DA up in arms!
Level 3 sex offender & child predator released on personal recognizance
The release of a Level 3 sex offender on personal recognizance after allegedly soliciting young boys for sex has police and prosecutors railing against the state’s bail system in the latest cry for “common sense” reforms. Link to story
Armed Violent Felon Drug Dealer Arrested Over 50 Times In 20 Years.
Police arrested Scott Roy Vicente, 39, of New Bedford, on charges of possession of a defaced firearm, illegal possession of a large-capacity firearm, illegal possession of a handgun, illegal possession of ammunition, possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine, subsequent offense, and firearm violation with one prior violent or drug crime.
Vicente has been arraigned on 50 charges over nearly 20 years, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, illegal distribution of a class A substance and failure to obey a police officer. Link to story
New Bedford Man Wearing GPS Bracelet For Armed Robbery Charge Arrested With Gun.
“During his arrest, police learned that Leao was on pre-trial probation for an armed robbery in Plymouth. As part of his conditions of probation, Leao was ordered to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet on his ankle.” Link to story
Career Criminal – Gun & Drug Trafficker Arrested For Third Consecutive Time On Gun Charges
Rohan Anderson was arrested just about a week ago on gun charges
. He was also arrested in June 2017 by a multi agency task force for gun and drug trafficking. The alphabet agencies spent over a year putting the arrest together before executing the warrant. Believe it or not, he was also arrested in June 2016 on gun and drug trafficking charges. Despite all of these arrests he was somehow on the street again, here’s a snip of the newest police report, “Rohan Anderson will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd & Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition (2nd & Subsequent), Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.” Even after multiple arrests, he was out of jail in less time than it took the alphabet agencies to put together the drug and gun arrest they executed in 2017.