Canton Police Officer, Brother of Brian Albert, Suspended After Karen Read’s Testimony at Trial

Kevin Albert, the Canton police officer who allegedly communicated with Massachusetts State Police Chief of Detectives Michael Proctor during the pre-trial investigation of Karen Read, has been placed on paid administrative leave. “I can confirm that Detective Albert was placed on administrative leave with pay on June 13th pending an investigation regarding Officer Proctor’s testimony in the Karen Read trial,” according to a written statement from Canton Police Chief Helena Raffery. The decision to place Albert on administrative leave was made by Canton city officials just days after Proctor testified in the Read case, which ended in a mistrial on July 1. Video of the trial: Defense questions Proctor about Kevin AlbertOn the stand, Proctor acknowledged that he was drinking buddies with Albert. He admitted that they had gone drinking for months after O’Keefe’s death, had worked together on a cold case and had communicated about coordinating aspects of the O’Keefe case, even though the Canton Police Department had withdrawn from the investigation due to the Albert brothers’ involvement. Read was accused of driving her SUV into her boyfriend, Boston police officer John O’Keefe, and leaving him for dead in a snowstorm in January 2022. Kevin Albert is the brother of Brian Albert, also a Boston police officer, who threw the Canton house party where O’Keefe’s body was found in the front yard. “You knew that he, more than anyone else, had to be completely removed from any contact with the investigation or the investigators,” Read’s attorney Alan Jackson asked Proctor during the trial. “But when you wanted to coordinate witnesses for interviews in this case, who did you turn to?” Read, a former associate professor at Bentley College, faced second-degree murder and other charges in the death of O’Keefe, a 16-year-old Boston police officer who was found outside Brian Albert’s Canton home. An autopsy found O’Keefe died of hypothermia and blunt force trauma. Video: Mass. Trooper Michael Proctor Questioned About Inappropriate Text Messages A turning point in the two-month trial came when Proctor, the lead investigator on the case, was forced to acknowledge and apologize for sending insulting text messages about Read to friends, family and fellow officers during the investigation. Proctor, who has since been suspended without pay, also admitted to texting his sister that he wished Read would “kill himself,” which he said was a figure of speech and that “emotions got the better of him.” He apologized for some of the language he used, but insisted it had no bearing on the investigation. An internal investigation into Proctor is underway.

Kevin Albert, the Canton police officer who interacted with Massachusetts State Police Detective Michael Proctor during the investigation into Karen Read’s murder, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

“I can confirm that Detective Albert has been placed on full pay, effective June 13, pending an investigation into Officer Proctor’s testimony in the Karen Read trial,” Canton Police Chief Helena Raffery said in a written statement.

The decision to place Albert on administrative leave was made by Canton city officials just days after Proctor testified in the Read case, which ended in a mistrial on July 1.

Video of the trial: Defense questions Proctor about Kevin Albert

Proctor admitted on the stand that he was drinking buddies with Albert. He admitted that they went out drinking for a few months after O’Keefe’s death, worked together on a cold case, and communicated about coordinating aspects of the O’Keefe case, even though the Canton police had withdrawn from the investigation because of the Albert brothers’ connection to the case.

Read was accused of running over her boyfriend, Boston police officer John O’Keefe, with her SUV in January 2022, leaving him for dead in a snowstorm.

karen read arrives at court

Kevin Albert is the brother of Brian Albert, also a Boston police officer, who organized the party in Canton where O’Keefe’s body was found in the front yard.

“You knew that he, above all else, had to be completely removed from the investigation or the investigators,” Alan Jackson, Read’s attorney, asked Proctor during the trial. “But when you wanted to coordinate witnesses for interviews in this case, who did you turn to?”

Read, a former adjunct professor at Bentley College, faced second-degree murder and other charges in the death of O’Keefe, a 16-year-old Boston police officer who was found outside a Canton home owned by Brian Albert. An autopsy found that O’Keefe died of hypothermia and blunt force trauma.

Video: Mass. Trooper Michael Proctor Questioned Over Inappropriate Texts

A turning point in the two-month trial came when Proctor, the lead investigator in the case, was forced to admit and apologize for sending abusive text messages about Read to friends, family and colleagues during the investigation.

Proctor, who has since been suspended without pay, also admitted texting his sister saying he wished Read would “kill himself”, which he said was a figure of speech and that “my emotions got the better of me”. He apologised for some of the language he had used, but insisted it had no bearing on the investigation.

There is currently an internal investigation into Proctor.

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