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Officer Loses Job After Drug-Related Texts Surface

Investigators said Malden Police Officer Brian Killion sent text messages seeking drugs. Killion is appealing his dismissal.

A Malden police officer accused of seeking prescription painkillers from an alleged drug dealer has lost his job, officials confirmed this week. 

Investigators said incriminating text messages from then Officer Brian Killion's mobile device were discovered after the January 2012 arrest of a Malden man on alleged drug and firearms charges.

Killion, an 18 year veteran of the department and the nephew of former Mayor Richard Howard, is appealing the decision but no longer on active duty with the city.

State Rep. Christopher Fallon, who also serves as the attorney for the city patrolman's union, said he could not comment on the case pending its appeal. 

Last September, he told the Boston Globe's Matt Byrne that it was unlikely Killion would face criminal charges

"The determination was made months ago that there would not be any criminal charges made against this police officer because the circumstances -- the circumstances didn't warrant it, in their opinion," he told the paper. 

mike holele January 30, 2013 at 12:56 PM
boo hoo he has an addiction, if it was anybody else they would be described as a drug addict, or junkie, i am glad he got caught. and i hope he loses his appeal. i wonder how many addicts went two jail that he busted? no sympathy what so ever 4 him.a corrupt cop that got caugt!
Leonardo DaVinci January 30, 2013 at 03:14 PM
I would not say we have established anything because we have only the basic facts at this time. Remember the arrest of the Malden man on alleged drug and firearm charges happened in January 2012, a year ago. The investigators said that incrimininating text messages from the officer's mobile devise to the alleged Malden man were discovered at that time. The Boston Globe was told in Sept. 2013 that it was unlikely that Officer Killion would face criminal charges because the circumstances didn't warrant it, in their opinion. If that information is fact, then we are not talking about criminal charges, but I imagine disciplinary action only. Officer Killion has a family like all of us and they read what is written here mostly by people who have no intimate or general knowledge of this man's character. I believe the good things said about Officer Killion are true, others choose not to. I certainly have no desire to be sarcastic about his good name and good character, or to ridicule members of his family. He obviously has some private medical issues he has to deal with and he has done very well over the years judging by his record. Insinuating favoritism from highly visible family members is why he will get his job back is cynical and unfair unless you have absolute factual knowledge of that. People do what they feel is best for them not what others might do. Circumstances are different for everyone. The facts still remain to be heard. I still wish him and his family the best.
de February 01, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Doesnt he also have a brothe who's a malden police officer? why didnt he step up and talk to him about his addiction before he got fired.
Donnell Bailey February 06, 2013 at 12:57 AM
I understand he's had 18years of great service and he's a great guy.i went to school with.whos actually been arrested by Brian,but he was doing the very thing he was arresting people for.just something to think about.
David Marsters April 24, 2014 at 08:13 PM
Coldwater, you need 30 yrs service and age 55 to get 80% pension. I think this has been increased.

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