, Salem, MA


April 10, 2014

Our view: Public has a right to all police logs


And if we start keeping two sets of police logs and refusing to let the public know about certain crimes to protect the privacy of victims, where do we stop? What about the victims of burglaries, ordinary assaults, robberies, car thefts?

Jared Remy, son of Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, has a long history of violence against women — and other men. An admitted user of steroids, he also has a volcanic temper that has landed him in trouble many times since he was a young man.

Last Aug. 13, Remy became angry with Martel, the mother of his child. He argued with her and ended the quarrel by slamming her head into a bathroom mirror. Remy was arrested but was freed without bail, despite his history of attacks on women. He appeared in court the next day but again walked away a free man, as he had so many times before.

The next night, Remy showed up at the apartment he shared with Martel and stabbed her to death, police say.

The fact that Remy’s arrest was public record had nothing to do with Martel’s death, nor would keeping it secret have made any difference, given the court’s kid-glove treatment of Remy over many years.

We have been generally supportive of House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s domestic-abuse reform legislation, though in a previous editorial, we flagged the “troubling section” that would cloak domestic abuse reports in secrecy.

We urged legislators then to tread carefully rather than try to cram through flawed legislation that might score easy points in an election year while failing to address the root of the problem.

With House approval, the bill now goes to the state Senate, then is expected to go to a conference committee. It’s still not too late for a more thoughtful and targeted response to the systemic failings that were laid bare by the Remy case.

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