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Published on April 24, 2024
Manchester Police Officer Charged with Domestic Violence, Surrenders to State PoliceSource: New Hampshire State Police

A Manchester cop has found himself on the wrong side of the law after being cuffed and charged with domestic violence. Officer Michael MacNeilly, 28, has been hit with a slew of charges, including six counts of simple assault, according to WHDH.

The Manchester Police Department couldn't investigate one of their own, so they reached out to the New Hampshire State Police earlier this month to take over. It's no surprise that MacNeilly surrendered voluntarily to the State Police yesterday, likely knowing that the badge he once wore with pride couldn't shield him from accountability in a different jurisdiction. He's also accused of obstructing the report of a crime or injury and criminal mischief, as reported by WHDH.

In a seemingly swift act of justice, MacNeilly was arrested and booked, but then released on personal recognizance. Yes, you read that right—no cash, no bond, just a promise to appear before the 9th Circuit Court in Manchester on an unspecified date. Details on the allegations or the circumstances of the offenses were kept under wraps, with neither the New Hampshire State Police nor the Manchester Police Department revealing any information as of last night, according to NBC10 Boston's coverage.

Meanwhile, NBC10 Boston's attempts to get a comment from the Manchester Police Department came up empty last night. The silence often speaks volumes in cases like these; an officer being charged is unfortunately not uncommon, and the lack of dialogue becomes a recurring theme. While the department may be tight-lipped for now, the charges themselves send a clear message. According to NBC10 Boston, the charges are misdemeanors.

With the legal process just getting started, the community is left waiting to see if justice will be served or if it will be yet another case of slaps on the wrist for those who've sworn to protect and serve. One thing's for sure: Officer MacNeilly has a day in court coming, and perhaps there, the full story will finally unfold.