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Police ripped over death at Bosox bash

By wire services
Published May 26, 2005

BOSTON - A panel investigating the death of a woman hit by a pepper spray pellet at a Red Sox celebration said Wednesday that police made mistakes at every turn, including the department's decision to buy the pellet guns for crowd control and an officer's decision to fire the errant shot.

Five officers face internal disciplinary action for their involvement in the shooting, police commissioner Kathleen O'Toole said as the independent commission's report was announced.

Victoria Snelgrove, 21, an Emerson College student, was shot in the eye Oct. 21 outside Fenway Park after Boston defeated the Yankees for the American League pennant. The city paid her family a $5.1-million settlement this month.

Patrolman Rochefort Milien, who was certified to use the weapon, fired the pellet that killed Snelgrove. His attorney has said the officer was aiming at someone near Snelgrove who was throwing bottles.

CLEMENS SORE: Astros right-hander Roger Clemens was still sore a day after a groin injury forced him out of his start after five innings. "We don't expect him to miss his next start," manager Phil Garner said.

SEXSON DUI: Mariners first baseman Richie Sexson has agreed to plead guilty to second-degree negligent driving after he was charged with drunken driving in February. He is liable for a $538 fine.

ANGELS: Scott Boras, agent for unsigned 2004 first-round pick Jered Weaver, told the Orange County Register that the asking price for the right-hander had come down to a $6-million major-league contract. The team's last offers were a $4-million bonus or a $5.25-million major-league deal that Boras said was too back-loaded.

BLUE JAYS: Third baseman Corey Koskie had surgery to repair a broken right thumb and ligament damage and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

CUBS: Second baseman Todd Walker, on the disabled list since April 11 with a moderate to severe MCL sprain of the left knee, was activated. Left-hander Mike Remlinger went on the disabled list after fracturing his finger in a clubhouse chair.

INDIANS: Right-hander Kevin Millwood left in the fifth with a strained right groin.

METS: Centerfielder Carlos Beltran was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game with a strained right quadriceps.

NATIONALS: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell joined one of nine groups bidding to buy the team from Major League Baseball. ... Right-handed starter John Patterson went on the 15-day disabled list with back spasms.

ORIOLES: Catcher Javy Lopez is expected to miss at least six weeks with a broken bone in his right hand.

RANGERS: Catcher Rod Barajas and pitcher Ryan Drese insisted their working relationship was fine a day after the batterymates scuffled in the dugout during a game. Neither would discuss the cause.

ROYALS: First baseman Ken Harvey could resume baseball activities soon after an MRI exam determined that his back injury isn't serious.

[Last modified May 26, 2005, 01:31:15]


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