Six Boston cops who were fired after testing positive for cocaine have been given their jobs back after a board ruled that the hair test used was unreliable. Four other cops who were fired for positive cocaine tests were not so lucky. Preston Thompson, Oscar Bridgeman, Rudy Guity and William Bridgeforth had their dismissals upheld by the board, despite their brilliant explanations for why they tested positive.
The Boston Herald reports that Bridgeforth told the commission who would decide his fate that he brushed the cocaine off the seat of his police cruiser, assuming that is ”was confectionery powder from doughnuts.” Bridgeforth, clearly full of ideas, also said he lived in a building where he shared a vent with neighbors who smoked crack.
The best excuse came from Bridgeman, who reportedly said that he had a “habit of putting drugs … from suspects in his pocket where he also kept cookies to eat.”
In the ruling that put the six fired cops back on the force, the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission determined that “Hair testing for drugs of abuse has not achieved general acceptance within the scientific or law enforcement communities.” Drug testing has been a hot topic in Boston lately. Last fall, chemist Anne Dookhan confessed to intentionally faking positive drug test results and simply eyeballing thousands of others. Authorities are now faced with the task of going back over all of Dookhan’s work and readdressing the actions taken against those who falsely tested positive.
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