Cop Watch

Monday, March 07, 2005

Reinstated Stoughton chief is indicted

Stoughton police officers lifted Chief Manual Cachopa during a celebration last Nov. 2 after voters recalled two Stoughton selectmen who had removed Cachopa as chief last year. (Brockton Enterprise Photo / Marc Vasconcellos)

A Norfolk County grand jury indicted Stoughton Police Chief Manuel Cachopa yesterday, charging that he tried to cover up the actions of Sergeant David M. Cohen and intimidate a Canton man into dropping his complaint against Cohen.

The grand jury indicted Cachopa on three counts, charging that he attempted to intimidate Timothy A. Hills of Canton so he would drop his criminal complaint against Cohen. Cachopa is also charged with covering up Cohen's actions against Hills and using his position to induce Hills to drop the complaint.