AG Reviewing Driver's Complaint Of Parking Lot Dispute With DA Rollins

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Thursday her office is reviewing a complaint filed against Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins over a Christmas Eve incident in Dorchester.

The complaint, first filed with the Boston Police Department, alleges that Rollins threatened a woman and inappropriately flashed her car's blue law enforcement lights as they both tried to exit the South Bay Shopping Center on Dec. 24.

The Dorchester woman, Katie Lawson, wrote in her complaint that she was attempting to merge into traffic when Rollins rolled down her vehicle's window and threatened her. According to Lawson, Rollins activated the blue lights on her vehicle and then drove through a red light.

As reported by The Boston Globe, Rollins, speaking during an interview with the Howie Carr radio show last week, denied threatening the woman or activating her lights. A statement from her office Thursday said the DA will not comment on the incident.

"We have said all we are going to say on this matter and await the Attorney General's findings regarding the civil rights complaint that was filed," Rollins' office said in an emailed statement.

Rollins tweeted about a local television news crew approaching her outside her home last week to ask about the incident. She was videotaped berating the media crew for approaching her at home and possibly revealing her address.

"Yesterday’s incident in front of my house involved an unmarked media vehicle. Thank you for the acts of support," Rollins tweeted. "My children, like many of yours, are scared & worried about what they saw at our Capitol. Everyone is on edge, including myself. But my little girls & I are safe."

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