It started Thursday night with WBZ-TV’s report that Boston Police Commissioner William Evans is leaving the department.
The Boston Herald’s Dan Atkinson and Antonio Planas reported the requisite denials in today’s edition.
Evans: I Hate These Rumors
Hub’s top cop denies he’s leaving post
An exasperated police Commissioner William B. Evans denied that he’s leaving his post as rumors about him departing to Boston College dogged the city’s top cop on the eve of one of the most violent times of the year.
Community leaders said the confusion about Boston Police Department leadership doesn’t help as neighborhoods gear up for a weekend before Fourth of July likely to see shootings in the city’s neighborhoods.
WBZ reported Thursday that Evans, who Mayor Martin J. Walsh named commissioner when he took office in 2014, was leaving to take over the Boston College police force. Walsh and Evans have furiously denied the reports and a BC spokesman said the university had no comment.
Crosstown at the Boston Globe, reporter Danny McDonald had a story about Evans, but not the story.
City police wary ahead of Fourth celebrations
Boston police will have extra patrols in the city’s neighborhoods to deal with large parties in coming days, as the temperature heats up and the Fourth of July approaches, city officials said Friday.
Speaking at a press conference in front of the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said the holiday is “always a challenging time” for the department. Last year, 15 people were shot over July Fourth weekend in 10 separate incidents, said Evans.
“Traditionally, it’s been a violent weekend,” he said.
The department worries about large, loud parties throughout the city, as well as people setting off fireworks illegally, he said.
No word in the Globe, however, about whether the department worries about losing its leader.