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Canton officer Brian Albert’s brother suspended indefinitely after testifying in Read trial

Pat Greenhouse – pool, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Retired forensic pathologist Dr. Frank Sheridan (not pictured) is questioned by defense attorney Elizabeth Little during the murder trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham, Massachusetts, Monday, June 24, 2024.

CANTON, Mass. (WLNE) — WCVB reports that Kevin Albert, the Canton police officer who communicated with Massachusetts Chief State’s Attorney Michael Proctor ahead of Karen Read’s trial, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

In a statement to WCVB, the Canton Police Chief confirmed that Albert had been placed on probation with pay effective June 13 pending the completion of an investigation into Officer Proctor’s testimony in the Karen Read trial.

Read was accused of hitting her boyfriend, John O’Keefe, with her car and leaving him in the cold to die.

During the trial, Proctor was questioned about a series of inappropriate text messages he sent to friends, family and work colleagues about Read.

Kevin Albert is the brother of Brian Albert, also a Boston police officer who hosted a party at the Canton home where O’Keefe’s body was found in the yard.

On the stand, Proctor admitted that he had been friends with Albert over drinks and had worked with him to coordinate aspects of the O’Keefe case, even though the Canton Police Department had dropped the investigation because of the Albert brothers’ ties to the case.

This week, Proctor was suspended, stripped of pay and relieved of duty as a result of Read’s mistrial.