Monday, May 19, 2014

Lt. Eduardo Raposo Charged with Assault Has Retired for the Force

A Fall River police officer arrested in Swansea on charges he kicked a woman has retired from the force, Fall River’s police chief confirmed Monday.

While Fall River’s chief did not elaborate on the charges against Lt. Eduardo Raposo, Swansea Police Chief George Arruda said the officer was arrested at 9:30 p.m. last Wednesday night after Swansea police were called to a home on Kensington Court.

Arruda said officers were met in the driveway by a woman who told them Raposo kicked her while he was intoxicated. She also reportedly told officers Raposo had a gun and he was waiving it around. Arruda said Raposo was inside the home and turned over to police a 9mm gun – which was locked in a safe.

Arruda said Swansea police charged Raposo with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and carrying a firearm while intoxicated.

Following Raposo’s arrest, Fall River Police Chief Daniel S. Racine said he immediately suspended Raposo’s license to carry a firearm and began the process for a termination hearing.

“To say I am disturbed about this latest incident would be a gross understatement,” Racine said in a statement Monday. “The conduct detailed by the Swansea Police Department is disturbing and will not be tolerated by the Fall River Police Department.”

However, before that termination process played out, Racine said he got word from Fall River’s Retirement Board that on May 15 Raposo retired from the Fall River Police Dept. effective immediately.

Racine said Lt. Raposo, by retiring, removed himself the department’s purview of rules, regulations, and disciplinary procedures.

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