Now is not the time to be firing police officers.
We agree coronavirus vaccines protect from the horrors of the virus — but police keep the bad guys out of our homes. If someone on your street is armed with a gun, who do you turn to? The CDC? There’s no vaccine for a bullet wound.
That’s exactly what happened in Chinatown overnight Monday in another frightening confrontation that sent two BPD officers to the hospital for observation. Nobody was shot and police responded where others would run.
And again in Revere, police shot a suspect in the foot after he reportedly opened fire at them Friday night. Officers were responding to a call of a man acting in a threatening manner. A 9mm handgun and spent ammunition casings were recovered at the scene, police said.
So why fire 12 Massachusetts State Police officers for refusing to abide by the COVID vaccine mandate? There’s too much gunplay to afford thinning out the ranks of the men and women in blue.
History will judge how world leaders handled this pandemic — from China slow-walking the alert that a contagion had been let loose to then-President Donald Trump launching operation “Warp Speed” to rush mRNA vaccines to anyone who wanted it.
We now have boosters and testing is being perfected from homes to hospitals. Masking up, when it makes sense, has also proven wise. But for many individuals, it’s all about personal health and the right to choose.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has exempted pro athletes and other performers from the Big Apple’s vaccine mandate. That has sparked a move to bring back 1,400-plus city workers fired for refusing to take the vaccine, the New York Post writes.
Testing is the key here. Anyone who fears the vaccine should be required to be tested — often. Heck, every day if that’s what it takes.
Police officers put on protective vests and check their weapons every day, probably multiple times per shift, so why not add in a COVID test protocol?
The State Police terminations were made as “dishonorable discharges,” according to the union, which will prevent the troopers from obtaining law enforcement jobs anywhere in the state due to certification requirements of the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training, or POST, Commission, established by law in 2020.
This purgatory we’ve been stuck in since March of 2020 will pass. There are already signs of the pandemic entering the endemic phase with hotspots across the globe, but signs of hope elsewhere.
At least hire back all the troopers and other officers let go during the time of mandates. Don’t forfeit all that skill and bravery over a reluctance to get a shot. Ramp up testing and let go those who balk at that compromise.
But there’s just too many guns on the streets to justify firing officers.
President Biden nominated an Obama-era U.S. attorney to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as he unveiled a rule to rein in ghost guns, privately made firearms without serial numbers that are increasingly cropping up at crime scenes, The Associated Press wrote Monday.
The ghost gun rule comes as the White House and the Justice Department have been under growing pressure to crack down on gun deaths and violent crime in the U.S.
Boston and the Bay State have, so far, been spared the worst of this ghost-gun trend. If New York City wants Kyrie Irving to bypass a mandate to play basketball, why can’t we do the same for police officers? What’s more important: life or a good crossover?
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