Two more Chelsea police officers pleaded not guilty yesterday to filing a false report, bringing to 10 the number of officers arraigned in connection with a bloody motel brawl that left one man dead.
The most serious charge, first-degree murder, was lodged Wednesday against four police officers from Everett, a working-class city next to Chelsea, site of the alleged beatings. Both cities are about five miles north of Boston.
All 10 officers have been suspended without pay.
The two Chelsea officers arraigned yesterday face charges of filing a false report and conspiring to file a false report. Four other Chelsea officers were arraigned Wednesday on conspiracy charges.
The indictments are based on a 15-day grand jury inquiry into the July 23 fracas.
All pleaded innocent in Suffolk Superior Court before Judge Paul Connolly.
All of the suspects were freed on bail and their cases were continued until next month.
Eight civilians and four police officers were hurt in the brawl at King Arthur's Motel and Lounge in Chelsea's produce district near the Everett line. One barroom customer, Vincent Joseph Bordonaro, 54, of Everett, died several days later while being treated for a head injury.
Witnesses said police from both cities raided a party there and beat civilians with nightsticks and clubs, allegedly to even the score after a barroom fight involving an off-duty police officer.