Canton Police Officer Kevin Albert positioned on go away after Proctor testimony in Karen Learn trial

CANTON – A Canton police officer with ties to the Karen Read homicide investigation is now on go away. Officer Kevin Albert is the brother of the proprietor of the house the place John O’Keefe’s physique was present in January 2022.

Canton Police Chief Helena Rafferty says Albert was placed on go away associated to the testimony of Trooper Michael Proctor, the lead investigator within the Learn case. 

The shock announcement was made at a Canton Choose Board assembly Tuesday night time, attended by Karen Learn supporters.

Officer Kevin Albert on paid administrative go away  

“Chief Rafferty has positioned Kevin Albert on paid administrative go away,” mentioned Michael Loughran, chair of the Choose Board. 

Canton Choose Board members say Kevin Albert, a Canton police officer, and brother of Brian Albert, is now on paid administrative go away due to his actions on a case he investigated with Trooper Michael Proctor two years in the past, however they did not specify which case.

“Kevin Albert was positioned on go away June thirteenth and can stay on go away till the outcomes of the investigation are supplied by the surface unbiased investigator,” Loughran mentioned. 

Albert was positioned on go away the day after Trooper Proctor testified within the Learn trial. 

Learn is accused of hitting and killing Boston police officer John O’Keefe together with her SUV. Learn and O’Keefe have been relationship on the time. Her protection claims she is the sufferer of a coverup by a number of folks, together with legislation enforcement. Learn’s homicide trial ended final week after a “starkly divided” hung jury failed to achieve a verdict.

Proctor has been suspended without pay after sending offensive texts about Learn to his colleagues, household, and pals throughout the investigation.

Brian Albert was known as to the stand within the Learn trial and testified that O’Keefe by no means entered his dwelling that night time. 

Choose Board member Chris Albert points public apology   

Later within the assembly, Choose Board member Chris Albert, Kevin and Brian’s brother, issued a public apology.

Chris Albert was additionally a witness within the Learn trial, and has had current verbal arguments with folks.

“Regardless of the super harassment, stress, and anxiousness that my household, prolonged household and I’ve been subjected to over the previous 16 months, my interactions have been inappropriate and as an elected official I’m held to the next normal,” Chris Albert mentioned.

Chris Albert testifies on Could 9, 2024 within the Karen Learn homicide trial.

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Proctor’s suspension was prime of thoughts for Learn’s supporters on the assembly Tuesday night time. The State Police union known as the choice to droop Proctor with out pay “disappointing.”

“He deserves to be terminated. And we have to rid our policing programs of all Michael Proctors,” mentioned Rita Lombardi.