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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. 

Bill B January 28, 2013 at 06:29 PM
david mokal January 28, 2013 at 07:15 PM
After eighteen years on the force he must have been doing something right. The sad part is that he works for us. We the Taxpayers employ him. He takes an oath to uphold the law. When one officer goes the opposite way it makes the rest look bad.The trust is lost. How many did he cut loose because of his addiction? How much crime did he let slip by. How many more knew about his problem. I wish that someone could have helped him in the beginning then this would not have happened. I really do hope everything works out for him. It stinks being put out on the line to dry.
Leonardo DaVinci January 28, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Yes when all the facts are in, researched and studied, over and over again, by our medical and legal professionals at all levels, and if those voting in regards to whether this is a crime or disease will not worry about be re-elected, it will likely be understood by most reasonable minds, that this is more a sickness than a crime. How many lives of decent American people will take to be ruined until we grow up and realize no one wants to be addicted to anything least not opiods. Their not making money only losing it and their heatlh at the same time. We've talked about this before and surely it has affected the lives of every family sooner or later. My opinion is that it is a disease and should be treated as one. Unless Officer Killion is a bad man and I have no evidence that he is, I hope he gets the medical treatment he needs to regain his health and therefore also keep his job. Best wishes Officer Killion
DannyBoy January 28, 2013 at 08:08 PM
So the investigation turned out that this former officer did not break any laws, due to his addiction. However many good deeds he has performed over the length of his career, all has been negated by his actions and addiction, that have compromised his integrity and character to serve the public; he was a public servant who has lost the public's trust, and what he needs now and foremost is to go into rehab and recover his health. Then, he can start to make his way back into being a productive member of society again, and have a second chance at regaining a normal life.
Matthew January 28, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Well said.
Matthew January 28, 2013 at 08:48 PM
I wouldn't say he's lost the publics trust? I hope he gets the help he needs. Overall, he's been a good officer for this city over the years.
coldwaterdiver January 28, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Sorry Gibby, but Police should be held to a higher standard. They should not be calling or texting drug dealers to buy drugs, just like they shouldn't be robbing banks, or stealing tests to get a promotion. He knew what he was doing, he thought he could get away with it. Tell me what about the story people don't know? There's lots of stressful jobs out there, and using illegal drugs is not an acceptable way to deal with that stress.
paul surette January 28, 2013 at 09:30 PM
I'm sorry, people....but I don't think I need any more of 'the story' other than me, as a private citizen, being held to a certain 'standard' when a policeman willingly, no matter how much he thinks he is in the right to do so, affords himself the opportunity to break the law, the very thing he swore to uphold himself. If you're going to bend the rules for him, then you damn well better be prepared to bend them for me! END OF STORY! If you don't like my opinion on this, then by all means, shove it please! And I say that with love :)
DannyBoy January 28, 2013 at 11:14 PM
I'm sorry Greg, but I have to disagree with you on this topic about public servants in general, and police officers in particular. I refer you to a comment above made by commenter coldwaterdiver, as I paraphrase him/her: police should be held accountable to higher standards than the general public, as they are sworn to uphold the law, regardless of what political connections this officer has, and how well he/she is liked in the community.
david mokal January 29, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Well Jerky your probably right. But tell it to the people who have been hurt,robbed,killed,raped, by these addicts. Drugs have totally ruined this country and I think you know it. Not to forget about all the diseases that come with it.There must be a better way to cure them it goes on n on n on. It also breaks down the family as well. But we have to stop glorifieing it and people who work for us should be subjected to random drug testing. Private companies do it. Why is it that public servants dont. They work for us.
david mokal January 29, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Same here Paul They better bend them for me as well. For one thing alone he carries a firearm and Drugs and Guns just dont cut it. A miss calculation and one of us are down horizontal. Im ol school If there is one doing it there is more and it has been in the past. This is why we have a drug problem here in Malden. Too many people let go. In their minds Its a who cares attitude. End of Story for me too. No More of this Goody Goody Bulcrap.
ken January 29, 2013 at 12:56 AM
I don't know the guy and don't want to act like I do. But if you were on pain-killers all the time you would be a pretty easy-going and patient cop too.
Derek January 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM
He was a great police officer and still is an amazing man/father/husband.
Leonardo DaVinci January 29, 2013 at 04:23 PM
I am not quick to judge the actions of others I read about in the paper or by word of mouth, but just as a point of refererence to begin to consider all the facts in such a case. In the case of a Police Officer being dismissed for actions of this nature there is much more to know and time will reveal any legal ramifications. Why the need to judge so quickly? I do not know Officer Killion personally but I get the sense that he is a well regarded family man who has conducted himself professionally in his 18 years on the Malden Police Force. I never read anything to date claiming that he was anything but a responsible Police Officer with a good record of service. I'm still learning about this case. I believe in the end that this case will be influenced by the way the "Americans With Disabilities Act" is interpreted. We of course do not have all the facts, at this time, but only just the alleged accusations and therefore could withhold our judgement until time allows for a clearer understaning of all the laws and facts. Remember the Police Department may subject current employees like Officer Killion to testing for illegal use of drugs at any time, and may also require job applicants to undergo such testing at any stage of the application process. To me it would seem that the Malden Police Department did not see any need or reason to test Officer Killion during 18 years of service, and may likely be a focus in any trial going forward. I still wish him the best!
david mokal January 29, 2013 at 04:26 PM
This is why I hate Drugs n Dealers. They ruin everyone's life.
Suzanne January 29, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Now that we have established that Officer Killion is a good man, good police officer, great father/husband/son/uncle/cousin/friend, I have a question, why was he buying painkillers off of a drug dealer? If he was hurt why was he not under a doctor's care and getting the painkillers? Was he hurt and on painkillers and the doctor saw that he was "abusing" them and declined to prescribe them anymore? People don't want to hear that he should not get his job back, we have people telling us we don't know the whole story then someone should enlighten us and tell us the whole story, otherwise he will continue to be judged that is just the way it is. We have had several MPD that have been fired/jailed for drug problems, we should be told why this is different. Was he taking a quantity that impaired his work? We have had MPD that have been arrested/fired for domestic abuse, should we give them their jobs back? Don't know about you but if a MPD or any other officer who has been let go for domestic abuse or drug addiction were to knock at my door I would tell them to get lost. As was stated earlier, we all have stress and yes, even chronic pain in our lives but that does not mean that we need to take pills and/or alcohol to get through it. In the private sector, unless you have a prescription for medication you are taking, if you get drug tested and it comes back positive, they can let you go.
david mokal January 29, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Id like to know where was his fellow officers? They must have known they could have saved him. I watched on the Tele "Drugs Inc., and they billions the government spends is unreal. Not for just the druggie on the streets but to send Military in to destroy the cocaine plants.They destroy the envirment producing it. It was on Nat.Geo.,get a chance watch it.
Colleen January 29, 2013 at 07:25 PM
I sincerely hope that Brian Killion gets his job back. The choices he made were made when he had an "untreated" disease. From what I hear, he has treated an "addiction" and is doing remarkably well. 18 years on the force speaks volumes, and this being his only issue - he deserves a 2nd chance. The Malden Police Force are down a good cop - he's not a bad person, he was a sick person that needed to get well. Team Brian - best of luck......
coldwaterdiver January 29, 2013 at 07:38 PM
I'm really surprised they didnt string him along for 2 more years so he could retire, with 80 percent of his salary for life, I guess politics is his only option now.
coldwaterdiver January 29, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Drug addiction is not a crime, using illegal drugs is a crime. See the difference?
Leeroy January 29, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Why wouldn't he be, and why isn't he being charged with solicitation of narcotics?
Derek January 29, 2013 at 09:03 PM
You know what's weird ? There are other city workers in different positions that have been offered rehab and such. This seems to be more of a personal attack on the officer in question. Something doesn't smell right here, hopefully his union and lawyer will step in and give him a fair and reasonable hearing as such. No charges were brought either correct ?
david mokal January 29, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Derek this is very true. He could have been used for the fatted calf..the sacraficial lamb..Take the 518,000 over a half mil gonzo. What happened to the wife of the cop who took the money and distributed it? No one accountable but many has blew town makes ya wanna go hmmm.Hey how about the Parking Cop perve that abused the girl late at nite. What happened to that?? How about the year 2001 30,000 buck drug deal a inlaw to a politition? where is he now Out. How about the Glory Hole in the men's reoom at city hall? How do you get to drill a large hole in the side of a toilet seperater? Was all the council using it? I was told it was 3 different sizes. Maybe he could finish out his time in Parking. Would love to see someone kick butt out of people who use moms handicapped sticker and RUN into stop n shop. He could get his retirement.
david mokal January 29, 2013 at 09:34 PM
He could be Amnesty if he takes a wizz test every month and gives up all his drug contacts and any info. Eighteen years is something to be looked at with a clean record. I would like to see him back on as long as certain conditions are met before they put a gun back in his holster. Well he is a Malden Cop so let the people vote on it. It is possible to make a comeback and be better than ever before.Their were worse things that have been done in this city than this. Maybe we can get a patition together to get his job back for him. In my heart I really feel bad for him. Dam dreugs ruins everybody!
Steve January 29, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Nephew of Mayor Howard says it All!!
david mokal January 30, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Suzanne people are not seeing him as a person right now. Just another slap in the face. But in all reality if there was a petion to reinstate him I would be the first to sign. So much has happened before his problem everyone is wound up. Im sure he is a great person and yes reinstate him with being under the scope. Eighteen years does mean something and being a father and a good husband does too. We all fell into some crap once in our lives. I hope everything does work out for him.
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.


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