Canton officer, Brian Albert's brother, placed on leave following Karen Read trial testimony (2024)

AIR AT 11:00, CANTON’S POLICE CHIEF IS CONFIRMING TONIGHT THE DETECTIVE, KEVIN ALBERT, HAS BEEN PLACED ON LEAVE FOLLOWING TROOPER MICHAEL PROCTOR’S TESTIMONY IN THE KAREN REED MURDER TRIAL. THEN THE DEFENSE PRESSED PROCTOR DURING THE TRIAL ABOUT GOING OUT DRINKING WITH ALBERT DURING THE REED INVESTIGATION, CHIEF RAFFERTY IS SAYING THAT ALBERT WAS PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE AS OF JUNE 13TH, DAYS AFTER PROCTOR REVEALED THOSE OFFENSIVE TEXT MESSAGES THAT HE SENT DURING THE INVESTIGATION. PROCTOR WAS RECENTLY SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY FOR THAT AND, OF COURSE, THAT REED CASE DID END IN THAT MISTRIAL. YOU CAN CATCH UP ON EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENE

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Canton police officer, brother of Brian Albert, placed on leave following Karen Read trial testimony

Kevin Albert, the Canton police officer revealed to be communicating with lead Massachusetts State Police investigator Michael Proctor during the investigation ahead of the Karen Read murder trial, has been placed on paid administrative leave."I can confirm that Detective Albert was placed on administrative leave with pay as of June 13 pending an investigation related to the testimony of Trooper Proctor in the Karen Read trial," a written statement from the Helena Raffery, the Canton Police Chief, said. The move to place Albert on administrative leave was made by Canton town officials just days after Proctor took the stand in the Read case, which ended in a mistrial on July 1. Video from trial: Defense questions Proctor about Kevin AlbertOn the stand, Proctor acknowledged that he was drinking buddies with Albert. He acknowledged they went out drinking several months after O’Keefe died, worked on a cold case together and communicated about coordinating aspects of the O’Keefe case even though the Canton Police Department recused itself from the investigation due to the Albert brothers’ connection to the case.Read was accused of ramming into her Boston police officer boyfriend John O’Keefe with her SUV and leaving him for dead in a snowstorm in January 2022.Kevin Albert is the brother of Brian Albert, also a Boston police officer, who hosted the house party in Canton where O’Keefe’s body was found in the front yard."You knew that he, above everybody else, should be completely removed from any contact with the investigation or the investigators," Read's defense attorney Alan Jackson asked Proctor during the trial. "Yet when you wanted to coordinate witnesses for interviews in this case, who did you turn to?"Read, a former adjunct professor at Bentley College, faced second-degree murder and other charges in the death of O’Keefe, a 16-year member of the Boston police who was found outside a Canton home of Brian Albert. An autopsy found O’Keefe died of hypothermia and blunt force trauma.Video: Mass. Trooper Michael Proctor questioned about inappropriate textsA turning point in the two-month trial came when Proctor, the lead investigator in the case, was forced to acknowledge and apologize for sending offensive texts about Read to friends, family and fellow troopers during the investigation.Proctor, who has since been suspended without pay, also admitted texting his sister that he wished Read would “kill herself,” which he claimed was a figure of speech and that “emotions got the best of me.” He apologized for some of the language he used but insisted they had no influence on the investigation.An internal affairs investigation into Proctor is ongoing.

CANTON, Mass. —

Kevin Albert, the Canton police officer revealed to be communicating with lead Massachusetts State Police investigator Michael Proctor during the investigation ahead of the Karen Read murder trial, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

"I can confirm that Detective Albert was placed on administrative leave with pay as of June 13 pending an investigation related to the testimony of Trooper Proctor in the Karen Read trial," a written statement from the Helena Raffery, the Canton Police Chief, said.

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The move to place Albert on administrative leave was made by Canton town officials just days after Proctor took the stand in the Read case, which ended in a mistrial on July 1.

Video from trial: Defense questions Proctor about Kevin Albert

On the stand, Proctor acknowledged that he was drinking buddies with Albert. He acknowledged they went out drinking several months after O’Keefe died, worked on a cold case together and communicated about coordinating aspects of the O’Keefe case even though the Canton Police Department recused itself from the investigation due to the Albert brothers’ connection to the case.

Read was accused of ramming into her Boston police officer boyfriend John O’Keefe with her SUV and leaving him for dead in a snowstorm in January 2022.

Canton officer, Brian Albert's brother, placed on leave following Karen Read trial testimony (1)

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Kevin Albert is the brother of Brian Albert, also a Boston police officer, who hosted the house party in Canton where O’Keefe’s body was found in the front yard.

"You knew that he, above everybody else, should be completely removed from any contact with the investigation or the investigators," Read's defense attorney Alan Jackson asked Proctor during the trial. "Yet when you wanted to coordinate witnesses for interviews in this case, who did you turn to?"

Text messages in Karen Read case reported 'up the chain of command'

Read, a former adjunct professor at Bentley College, faced second-degree murder and other charges in the death of O’Keefe, a 16-year member of the Boston police who was found outside a Canton home of Brian Albert. An autopsy found O’Keefe died of hypothermia and blunt force trauma.

Video: Mass. Trooper Michael Proctor questioned about inappropriate texts

A turning point in the two-month trial came when Proctor, the lead investigator in the case, was forced to acknowledge and apologize for sending offensive texts about Read to friends, family and fellow troopers during the investigation.

Proctor, who has since been suspended without pay, also admitted texting his sister that he wished Read would “kill herself,” which he claimed was a figure of speech and that “emotions got the best of me.” He apologized for some of the language he used but insisted they had no influence on the investigation.

An internal affairs investigation into Proctor is ongoing.

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Canton officer, Brian Albert's brother, placed on leave following Karen Read trial testimony (2024)

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