BOSTON (WHDH) -
A Boston Police officer was suspended for four months without pay for conduct the department said was unbecoming of a police officer.
Police said Sergeant Joel McCarthy, a 19-year veteran, pulled over a woman in Roxbury in February after she had run a red light. The sergeant then left his patrol area and followed the woman for several miles. Later, police said, he looked up her address and then reportedly went to her home.
Aside from his suspension, McCarthy will be on probation. After that, he cannot be promoted within the Boston Police Department.
"When I got the word yesterday that he was suspended for six months, I asked the police commissioner and the police department, and for what the evidence showed, this suspension is severe. It's four months without pay. He is already suspended for two. From what I understand, he will never be promoted, which affects, long-term, his pension," Walsh said.
Sergeant McCarthy's suspension began Thursday, but when he returns to work in four months, he has been ordered to take part in a diversity training program within the department.