SOMERVILLE – On Monday, July 17th, 2023, at approximately 7:03 p.m., Officers Cassandra Campers and Gabriel Moreira of the Somerville Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of Myrtle and Pearl streets following a report that an older woman wearing a sundress and a black scarf was punching cars as they drove by.
(The account and quotations in this article were taken from the Personnel Narrative of Officer Campers)
While en route, dispatch called to inform the officers that the woman was now on Myrtle Street walking in the direction of Washington Street. Dispatch said the reporting party was going to be in this location as well.
When the officers arrived on scene, they saw a woman matching the description on Myrtle Street. Officer Moreira tried to speak with the woman, but she continued walking until both officers caught up with her on the corner of Myrtle and Washington streets.
“The female, later identified as Ms. Nadine Buckley, was intoxicated and belligerent,” Officer Campers said. “She immediately began yelling at officers to ‘leave her the f$ck alone’ and was very hostile towards us.”
Nadine Buckley, 52, is a resident of 39 Myrtle Street in Somerville.
According to Officer Campers, at this time, a group of around 10 people had formed at the intersection to see what the commotion was about. Drivers taken in by the scene were stopping in the roadway as well.
Officer Moreira asked Buckley if she did – in fact – punch vehicles driving past her earlier in the day. She replied, “yeah so what, they speed down my street and kill all the bunnies, so they deserve it.”
When Officer Campers attempted to speak with Buckley, she allegedly called the officer “a dirty s$ic” while walking aggressively in her direction.
“I put my hand up and stopped Ms. Buckley from getting any closer. She began yelling ‘don’t f$cking touch me, you dirty s$ic c*nt,’” explained Officer Campers. “I told Ms. Buckley that I did not want to touch her but I needed her to back up and give me some space. Again, she continued to walk towards me in an aggressive manner, this time shoving into me. At this time, Officer Moreira and I attempted to place Ms. Buckley under arrest. She began to pull her arms away while simultaneously attempting to spit on officers.”
Officer Campers said that Buckley had a small brace on her right wrist which made it difficult to handcuff her, so the officers decided to use two sets of handcuffs to “properly and effectively place her under arrest.”
“Ms. Buckley continued to resist, thrashing her body back and forth and pulling her arms away, continuously yelling at me that I was a ‘dirty s$ic c*nt,’” Officer Campers said. “Once we successfully handcuffed her, we attempted to sit her on the curb in an attempt to stop her tumultuous behavior. As we were doing so, Ms. Buckley began to kick at officers’ legs.”
When three additional officers arrived on scene to assist, Buckley also “hurled insults” and spit in their direction, Officer Campers said.
“She told me several times that she was going to ‘have Bob take care of me’ and that she was going to ‘have me and my family killed,’” Officer Campers added.
Among the group of individuals gathered at the intersection of Myrtle and Washington streets were three witnesses that Officer Campers spoke with. The first witness said Buckley punched his vehicle while he was traveling north on Myrtle Street.
“I asked if there was any damage to his vehicle and he stated that there was not,” Officer Campers said of the first witness. Adding, “He just called because he was concerned about Ms. Buckley’s behavior.”
The second witness, who is a resident of Myrtle Street, told Officer Campers that she witnessed Buckley punch several vehicles as they were traveling up the street. The witness provided the officer with several videos of Buckley that she recorded on her cell phone. She also offered to get surveillance footage of Buckley punching vehicles from the cameras she has outside of her residence.
The third witness said that as he was attempting to drive up Myrtle Street, he got caught up in a traffic jam. He then noticed the cause, a woman standing in the middle of the street punching the stopped vehicles. She eventually made her way to the witnesses’ car, where he recorded Buckley with his cellphone camera punching his driver-side mirror. Again, there was no damage to his vehicle.
After her arrest, Buckley was medically evaluated on scene before she was transported to the Somerville Police Department for booking.
“Ms. Buckley suffered some minor scrapes and scratches during her arrest,” Officer Campers said. “EMS was requested and arrived on scene and medically cleared Ms. Buckley. She was unable to sign the medical refusal and Officer [Lucas] Ribeiro signed as a witness.”
Buckley was charged with disorderly conduct, assault & battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.
Disclaimer: If you are wondering why the incident in this story was from July, that’s because I had to file FOIA request(s) to get the court documents for the incident. FOIAs are time consuming.