Boston police Superintendent Bruce Holloway placed on leave after ex-girlfriend raises allegations
Boston police Superintendent Bruce Holloway has been put on administrative leave as the department investigates allegations against him from a former girlfriend.
According to a Police Department spokeswoman and Holloway’s attorney, Timothy M. Burke, Holloway was put on leave with pay on Wednesday. He earned $150,000 in fiscal 2009 and is currently the superintendent in charge of the Bureau of Investigative Services, which makes him chief of the city’s 280 detectives.
Spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca said she would not comment on why Holloway was placed on leave because the department does not discuss internal investigations.
Burke also declined to elaborate but confirmed that the claims are coming from the same woman whom Holloway took out a restraining order against in August in South Boston District Court.
The woman also sought a restraining order against Holloway in the same court, but her application was denied. A Suffolk Probate and Family Court judge later granted her a restraining order, but then dismissed it on the grounds that the Suffolk court was not the proper forum to resolve the dispute.
“We’re not going to comment on it,” Burke said of the new probe. “It’s an Internal Affairs Division investigation.’’
Burke added, “He denies any and all allegations she has made now, in the past, or given her history, any time in the future.’’
Burke said Holloway dated the woman in question for about a year and broke up with her in August. Burke also said the woman has sought restraining orders against other people — and has also been the target of restraining order applications — prior to her breakup with Holloway.
Holloway wrote in his application for a restraining order that the woman assaulted him on Aug. 12 and placed him in fear of his safety.
According to a police report that he filed, the woman pushed him inside their Dorchester apartment, causing him to lose his balance and fall onto a bed. He felt a sharp pain radiating down his left arm to his hand, the report said, and he was treated for neck and arm injuries at a Milton hospital.
The woman told a different version of the incident in a police report that she filed on Aug. 13. In the report, she accused Holloway of pushing her by the right shoulder and later grabbing her by the neck.
She said Holloway struck her twice on the head and once on the arm with a shoe, and kicked her in the shin before he exited the apartment. She was later treated at a Dorchester hospital for head and arm pain, according to the report.
Neither party has been charged with any crimes in connection with the incident.
Holloway was placed on administrative status after the August incident, and Fiandaca declined to discuss the department investigation into that episode on Wednesday night.
In 1986, then-Governor Michael S. Dukakis awarded the state’s highest medal of bravery to Holloway for capturing a robbery suspect who had assaulted and robbed a woman near Holloway’s Dorchester home.
The Globe reported that Holloway, who was off-duty on July 15, 1985, heard a woman screaming in the street and then chased and caught her assailant without firing a shot, even though the man fired at him twice.Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.