Brighton City Councilwoman Erin Abreu is raising a host of questions about how her past interactions with police were treated by the Cambridge Police Department. But Abreu won’t identify the Cambridge officers who singled her out in a March 2 traffic stop that led to charges of interfering with an officer and obstructing government administration.
Abreu requested the police department’s report, although she doesn’t want to name the officers involved or further discuss their account of what happened, saying they are an officer with the Cambridge Village Association and another with Harvard Square Association.
“My concern is to be open and honest as a city council member,” Abreu told Boston.com in an email. “My office will be open to receive and review all written reports by any member of the police department regarding their performance of duties.”
For the record, the officers involved in the incident are Austin Gilioguen and Ryan Sanchez. Abreu and Gilioguen are their official names.
The D.C. Police Department has more than 800 members and, according to the department’s website, almost one-third of them are African-American. Abreu is not the first black councilmember to face questions about her past. Over the weekend, Ward 7 D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh announced she’s launching an investigation into how she handled a 2010 police traffic stop involving two friends who were passengers in a car she was driving.