MANCHESTER, N.H. – Black Lives Matter Manchester and the ACLU of New Hampshire today gave the following statement after the names of two police supervisors were released and unredacted in an investigatory report. The names of the two supervisors released are Sgt. Derek Cataldo and Sgt. Ryan Boyton. This release follows a January 27 Hillsborough Superior Court decision ordering that the public has a right to the names of these two Manchester Police Department supervisors who were part of a group of officers that received a text message from a fellow officer depicting a racist “meme.”
Ronelle Tshiela, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Manchester, and Gilles Bissonnette, Legal Director of the ACLU of New Hampshire, said, “The public must be able to hold any and all law enforcement officials accountable for the harmful choices they make, and deserves to know who these supervisors are. We are glad the Court made clear that police officers should not be and are not able to remain anonymous in records implicating their performance of their official duties–in this instance, the apparent failure to report racist behavior. We will continue to advocate and fight for New Hampshire to commit to a zero-tolerance standard when it comes to racism and prejudiced actions within policing.”
The unredacted documents are attached to this statement release. View additional information about this case here.