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Scandal! N.H. police commissioner resigns over duck murder cover up

Posted by Doug Saffir  February 6, 2014 10:30 AM

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This story has all the makings of one of the great political scandals of our time. There's a hit-and-run murder, a cover up, accusations of drunk driving, and even a somber resignation. And all of it is going down in Nashua, N.H.

Let's go back to the beginning: according to a report from WMUR, Nashua state representative David Campbell ran over and killed several ducks outside the Crowne Plaza Hotel in December. Campbell fled the scene before police arrived.

But the state representative apparently has friends in high places. Nashua Police Commissioner Tom Pappas called the police department, said Campbell was a friend, and asked if the alleged duck-murderer could come in the next day.

That timing is critical since, according to WMUR's report, some witnesses said Campbell was drunk when the incident took place.

The whole thing is very sordid, and it brought enough shame to Pappas's conscience that he has resigned as Nashua's police commissioner.

“I deeply regret my part in the events of December 23, 2013, and apologize to you, the Nashua Police Department and the public for the disruption that has occurred as a consequence of them,” he wrote in a resignation letter submitted to the governor.

Pappas's resignation is noble, but Campbell surprisingly still holds his seat as a state representative. We're hearing so much about New Jersey's "bridge-gate," but what about the ducks? Their story needs to be told and Campbell needs to be held responsible.

Those of us in Boston should be especially outraged by #DuckGate, what with our duck boats and our duckling statues. So heed the wise words of Coach Gordon Bombay from 1992 classic Mighty Ducks, join the flock, and fight for justice. #QuackQuack

(h/t Fark)

Reach me at douglas.saffir@globe.com. Follow me @dougsaffir

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