BOSTON -- No criminal charges will be brought against the
officers involved in the fatal shooting of a college student at a
raucous celebration by Red Sox fans last fall, prosecutors said
"There is no evidence that any officer on Lansdowne Street
acted with any intent to commit a crime," Suffolk District
Attorney Daniel Conley said at a news conference attended by Boston
Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole.
Victoria Snelgrove, a 21-year-old Emerson College student, was
shot in the eye socket with a pepper-spray pellet outside Fenway
Park on Oct. 21. Officers were trying to calm the crowd that had
filled the streets following Boston's victory over the archrival
New York Yankees to win the American League pennant.
Police said some of the revelers were throwing bottles, lighting
fires and wrecking cars, but Snelgrove was not involved in the
"The fact that the officers were placed in such a chaotic
situation ... was a result of poor crowd control planning," Conley
said. "The inadequate planning resulted in conditions ... that
ultimately set in motion the chain of events that led to Miss
In May, an independent commission headed by former U.S. Attorney
Donald Stern faulted the police department for poor planning and
training, a breakdown of command discipline and inadequate research
before purchasing the air-powered pellet guns for crowd control.
Only one of the three police officers who fired pepper pellets
into the crowd of fans was certified to do so, the commission
When the Stern report was released, O'Toole said the three
officers faced possible disciplinary action, along with Deputy
Superintendent Robert E. O'Toole, no relation to the commissioner,
and Superintendent James Claiborne, the overall incident commander
that night. A decision on disciplinary steps was still pending.
Robert O'Toole retired in June.
In May, the city awarded $5.1 million to Snelgrove's family --
the largest wrongful death settlement in the city's history.