Police abuse case lingers a year later

April 13, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A high-profile case of alleged police brutality is still under investigation with no conclusion a year later, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD).

Michael Pearlstein-Gluck, a Jamaica Plain resident and public school teacher, complained about a March 5, 2011 incident in the Stop & Shop parking lot at 301 Centre St. in Jackson Square. He claimed that unidentified police officers choked him and used a homophobic slur while accusing him of buying drugs, when he had only bought groceries.

No charges were filed, and Pearlstein-Gluck filed a complaint with BPD’s Internal Affairs. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union also got involved.

The investigation “remains active,” BPD spokesperson Elaine Driscoll told the Gazette. “There is no conclusive information to report at this time.”

Pearlstein-Gluck did not respond to a Gazette request for comment.