Boston Phoenix Story Prompts Police Investigation

march 5, 2008  09:04 am
The Phoenix is reporting that Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis has ordered a review of evidence in the wrongful conviction of Stephan Cowans, following a report last month in the Phoenix that raised questions about possible police misconduct. The head of the department's homicide unit will examine ballistics, fingerprints, and other materials from the case, which will determine whether an internal-affairs investigation will begin against officers involved in the case. Cowans was exonerated in 2004, after spending six-and-a-half years in prison for the non-fatal shooting of a Boston police officer. The Phoenix's story reported on evidence suggesting that officers may have forged fingerprint documents and concealed evidence that the officer was not shot with his own weapon, as he testified. Cowans, who received a $3.2 million settlement from the city in 2006, was murdered in his home this past October.