This is something that is getting some press in the western part of the state: the incoming Executive Director of the Massachusetts Police Association, Rick Pedrini, an Arlington police lieutenant – came out with some vitriol recently when talking about the recent murder of a police officer in Yarmouth. Here’s an excerpt, published in the MPA’s official publication, The Sentinal:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gannon family, the Yarmouth Police, and K‐9 Nero. Officer Gannon was one of US. Like all of us, he bravely strapped on his bulletproof vest and his firearm and went to work. He was doing his job when he was gunned down, executing a warrant service on a violent, sociopathic scumbag with 112 arraignments on his BOP. We never learn. Officer Gannon’s name is now mentioned with the names of Rose, Charbonnier, DiNapoli, Maguire, Ambrose, Tarantino, and many others who were killed in cold blood by vicious animals. Animals that can only be “rehabilitated” when they are put down. Right now, it seems the media and the public are on our side and they see the situation for what it is. But wait. Soon the maggot cop‐killer will have his defenders and advocates. “He is a non‐violent drug offender and feels stigmatized.” they’ll say. “He was turning his life around.” they’ll say. “He has anger and mental health issues but was off his meds.” they’ll say. “Everyone deserves a second (or 112th) chance.” they’ll say. “Bullshit!” I say. He is a rabid varmint, a vile piece of human excrement, and an oxygen thief who doesn’t deserve to walk among us.
If that wasn’t enough, he explicitly called for violence by the police:
I am sick and tired of the social justice warriors telling us how to do our jobs. It’s time we forget about “restraint”, “measured responses”, “procedural justice”, “de-escalation”, “stigma-reduction”, and other feel-good BS that is getting our officers killed. Let’s stop lipsynching, please! Let’s meet violence with violence and get the job done.
The MPA is (I think) is a pro-police non-profit supported by over 17,000 dues-paying members, I’m not sure if it is a “union” or just an advocacy group like the NRA. Regardless, 17,000 police officers in this state are expressly associated with (by paying dues to) an organization that very clearly views a human being – a bad one, no doubt, but still a human – as an “rabid varmint”, and as an “animal” that should “be put down”, and who believes that the police are not violent enough.
This person is spoon-feeding 17,000 police officers in this state hatred and violence. He has called for extrajudicial violence against the public – to be sure, not against everyone, but seemingly against anyone that the police interact with, if they decide that person deserves it somehow.
This should not be allowed to stand in our state. I have seen many online posts by police who view certain members of the general public as “animals”, and they view themselves as “zookeepers”. This seems to center on non-white persons. We need to figure out a way to stop the festering problem of aggressive and dismissive police before it gets out of hand.