Fall River Police Officer Indicted; Likely to be Arraigned Today

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office
Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
June 27, 2019​​​​

A 40-year-old Fall River Police officer was indicted this morning by a Bristol County Grand Jury on various charges related to the abuse of his authority as a law enforcement officer.  

Michael Pessoa, a 17-year veteran of the Fall River Police Department,  was indicted on the following charges: One count of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault and battery, four counts of civil rights violation with bodily injury, three counts of intimidation of a witness (misleading), three counts of filing a false report by a public officer and one count of malicious destruction of property.

The matter was referred to us by the Fall River Police Department in March of this year and has been under investigation by our office since that time.  Investigators from the district attorney’s office worked together with the Fall River Police Department throughout the investigation.

Officer Pessoa is accused of using excessive and unnecessary force in four separate incidents. The incidents occurred in 2014, 2018 and twice in 2019.  He is also accused of violating the civil rights of arrestees and filing false police reports.  The victims in at least three of the four cases received injuries that required trips to the hospital.

The investigation has been led and the case will be prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney William McCauley and Assistant District Attorney Michael Cahillane.  

As the defendant has yet to be arraigned in open court, no further facts of the case can be disseminated at this time. 

The defendant is likely to be arraigned on the indictments early this afternoon in Fall River Superior Court.


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications