Governor ‘disgusted’ by Massachusetts State Police Officer Proctor’s texts in Karen Read case

BOSTON – Governor. Maura Healey gave her opinion on Karen Read trial Thursday, saying she was “disgusted” by text messages sent by Massachusetts State Police Trooper Michael Proctor while he was serving as the lead investigator in the murder case.

The court monitor this week read a series of what he described as “regrettable” messages he emailed friends, family and state police colleagues about Read. In the texts, he used several profanities to describe Read, called her “wacky,” joked about her health and at one point appeared to suggest he was looking for nude photos on her phone.

“It’s terrible,” Healey said in response to a reporter’s question about the messages. “I mean, anyone watching this…it’s totally unprofessional.”

Healey says Proctor texts harm police integrity

The governor also acknowledged potential damage what Proctor’s texts might have on police work in Massachusetts.

“It frankly undermines the dignity and integrity of the work of the men and women in state police and law enforcement,” Healey said. “So as a former attorney general and governor, I’m disgusted by this.”

Healey did not respond to any further questions about the case, saying it would not be appropriate for her to comment further on a criminal investigation and trial.

His comments came a day after Proctor was Burned on a text message sent to her sister about Read, saying: “I hope she kills herself.”

Proctor also tested that his “juvenile” texts “had no impact on the facts, evidence and integrity of this investigation,” although some jurors were seen shaking hands or subtly gasping while ‘They were reading.

Proctor under investigation by Massachusetts State Police

Massachusetts State Police confirmed this week that Proctor remains employed but is under open investigation. The state police union will not comment on Proctor until the trial is complete.

Emily D. Baker, a former California prosecutor who analyzes the case daily, told WBZ-TV how Proctor’s testimony could impact the public’s perception of the police.

“It goes beyond just dark humor,” Baker said. “It really shows a disregard for the person that it’s supposed to be objectively investigating, and it really reinforces people’s fears that the people who are monitoring us really don’t see us as equal citizens to them.”

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