The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports it is investigating a now former Transit Police officer for possibly lying about an April 28 incident in a Forest Hills busway in which he may have shoved the man into the pavement and then kept him there with his knee on his back for 20 seconds.
The DA's office says that Officer Nicholas Morrissey's official report, in which he claimed the man lost his balance and fell to the pavement while Morrissey was trying to get him off a bus "is not supported by video."
In a statement, DA Rachael Rollins said she doesn't tend to comment on cases before somebody is formally charged but that "the behaviors of law enforcement personnel must be held to a higher standard and require transparency."
When Transit Police leadership began looking into the matter, Morrissey resigned, the DA's office says, adding that his immediate superior is now on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
According to the DA's office:
On April 28, 2020, Morrissey allegedly dragged a homeless, intoxicated man from an MBTA bus on the Forest Hills busway and forcibly held the 63-year-old face-down with a knee on his back for 20 seconds, pushed his head into the pavement, and later dragged him out of the bus lane.
The man, who is known to MBTA police, suffered abrasions to his face. Morrissey filed a report on the incident alleging that the man lost his balance while attempting to spit at Morrissey. Morrissey said he grabbed the man by the shoulders and redirected him before the man fell through the bus door and hit his forehead on the pavement. The report is not consistent with video of the interaction.