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Campus Police Officer Fired

MIT has fired one of the two officers responsible for “recycling” copies of The Tech on March 17, and the other officer remains suspended without pay, Vice President for Institute Affairs Kirk D. Kolenbrander announced yesterday.

Kolenbrander declined to comment on the difference in punishment. The Institute has not identified the two officers.

Kolenbrander would not specify the length of the suspension, other than to say it would be of “modest length.”

The Campus Police union declined to comment, referring questions to their attorney, Alan J. McDonald. McDonald said “they’re both good officers,” but declined to comment on the termination.

Campus Police Chief John DiFava declined to comment, referring questions to Kolenbrander and the MIT News Office.

Kolenbrander said a decision regarding Joseph D’Amelio, the MIT police officer arrested for drug trafficking on March 14, is expected “in a matter of days.” D’Amelio was suspended without pay after the arrest.

Police Review Panel membership chosen

Kolenbrander also announced that the Police Review Panel’s membership has been chosen. It will consist of six members:

Robert C. Haas, Commisioner of the Cambridge Police
Costantino “Chris” Colombo, Dean for Student Life
Peter A. Diamond, Institute Professor
Dana G. Mead PhD ’67, Chairman of the Corporation
R. Gregory Morgan, Vice President and General Counsel
Robert J. Silbey, Professor and former Dean of Science

The membership is not final; a few people may be added. The committee’s charge is to “determine whether the MIT Police have policies, governance, and disciplinary systems to promote police practice at the highest level,” Kolenbrander said.

—John A. Hawkinson