Ex-MBTA officer accused of civil rights violations indicted

Mary Holmes, wearing a pink backpack, is accusing two MBTA Transit Police officers of police brutality. MBTA video

A former MBTA Transit Police officer has been indicted for her role in an alleged assault on a Boston woman at the Dudley Square bus station.

Jennifer Amyot-Garvey, already at the center of a civil rights suit alleging police brutality and unlawful arrest, was indicted last month, according Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley.

“Garvey was indicted on December 17 on a civil rights violation with injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and two counts of filing a false report,’’ Wark said in an email.

Garvey’s employment with the Transit Police was terminated on December 28. Transit Police Superintendent-in-Chief Richard Sullivan said the dismissal was not related to the Dudley Square incident.


Boston resident Mary Holmes, represented by the ACLU of Massachusetts, sued Garvey and her partner Alfred Trinh in August, accusing them of attacking and falsely arresting her in March 2014.

Video distributed by the ACLU when the suit was filed showed that Garvey used pepper spray and hit Holmes with a baton before the officers arrested her. Holmes, in her suit, said she approached Garvey as the officer was screaming at an older woman, and later slammed the older woman on to a bench. Holmes called the police to report Garvey’s behavior prior to the attack, according to the suit.


Wark said Trinh, who remains a transit officer, was not indicted on the criminal charges. Garvey will be arraigned January 13, Wark said.

Carl Williams, an ACLU staff attorney, said he was pleased with Garvey’s indictment. Holmes will continue to pursue the civil lawsuit, which also names Trinh as a defendant, he said.

“Mary Holmes was physically injured,’’ Williams said. “Those are things that she should be made whole for. Far more importantly, she wants to see that justice is done so it doesn’t happen to other people.’’

Garvey was separately arrested twice in 2015, once in January and once in the summer.


She spent most of 2015 on paid administrative leave following the January arrest, which came after she allegedly pointed a gun at her wife. Her attorney said at the time that Garvey, an Army veteran, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. She was also arrested on assault charges in late August at a country music concert in Foxborough.

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