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Questions about a 22-year-old’s death

Boston Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham does an exceptionally good job of framing the questions over the death of David Woodman, the reveler who stopped breathing while in police custody following the Celtics’ victory, and who died over the weekend.

As Abraham points out, there is a lot we don’t know. Which means that Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’ approach — announcing there was no excessive force even before the investigation gets under way — is wrong.

File away Shelley Murphy and Christopher Cox’s story on the fact that all nine officers involved in Woodman’s arrest went to the hospital to be treated for stress, leaving it to an officer who wasn’t there to write the report. It could be meaningless, or it could prove to be a key to understanding what happened that night.

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  1. Caitlyn Bright

    Thanks for providing the straightforward facts, very refreshing as I am his cousin and have seen so many angry comments. Continue these positive thoughts throughout the investigation with hope that justice will be served 🙂

  2. Anonymous

    The kid had a criminal record, a heart condition, and a drinking problem. Yup, it must be the cops who killed him. Freakin’ massachusetts.

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