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Former Weymouth Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Assaulting a Man During an Arrest

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A former Weymouth Police officer pleaded guilty today to assaulting a man in custody by punching him multiple times without legal justification. 

Justin Chappell, 43, pleaded guilty to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law. U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs scheduled sentencing for July 16, 2024. Chappell was charged on April 3, 2024.

On July 2, 2022, Chappell was a police officer for the Weymouth Police Department. While on duty, he responded to a call regarding an allegedly intoxicated man causing a disturbance at a home in Weymouth. Chappell placed a man under arrest, and while attempting to put the man in the police cruiser, Chappell punched the man approximately 13 times with a closed fist without legal justification. The punches caused obvious pain and visible injuries to the man’s head.

The charge of deprivation of rights under color of law resulting in bodily injury provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Weymouth Police Department and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Torey B. Cummings and Neil J. Gallagher Jr. of the Criminal Division are prosecuting the case.

Updated April 23, 2024

Civil Rights