Dear MassCOP Members,
H-4860 was released on Monday. While the Bill has a few points that appear better than the Senate Bill, there are still so many unacceptable aspects that there is literally no difference. MassCOP and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Policy Group have filed amendments to H-4860.
Below is the list of amendments that MassCOP is asking for you, family, and friends to support. I know everyone is mentally and physically tired about how we are being treated. The House of Representatives HAVE to hear from us that their knee-jerk legislation is going to permanently damage law enforcement, which will have a disastrous effect on our communities. These changes that are being proposed are going to eliminate due process, eliminate collective bargaining rights, severely limit appropriate uses of force that are needed to ensure safety, limits your qualified immunity, and creates a majority non-Law Enforcement Commission to set policing, certification, and de- certification policy and decisions.
MassCOP Amendments and MLEPG Amendments:
#61 (Amendment Clarifying Reach Back)
#72 (County Corrections Officer)
#73: (Addressing Indemnification)
#79 (Collective Bargaining Rights)
#101 (Treble Damages Amendment)
#117: (Limiting Retroactive Review)
#118: (Shall to May)
#129: (Due Process)
#132: (Prospective Reach of Commission)
#138: (Maintaining Privacy of Records)
#139: (Police Standards and Training Commission Quorum Requirements)
#146: (Powers of the Commission)
#155: (Appeals Process)
#156: (Personnel and medical file disclosures)
#157: (Special Commission on QI)
#172: (A Special Commission to Study QI)
#173” (Qualified Immunity Special Commission)
#178: (Additional Diverse Representation from Smaller Municipalities)
#181: (Commissioner Requirements)
#192: (Probation Commission union representative)
#197: (Qualified Immunity Study)
#215: (Qualified Immunity)
The link to find your representative:
This list is not exhaustive, and we continue to examine other amendments for issues that we think are important to our members.
I can’t thank everyone enough for all of the hard work and dedication that you have shown throughout this process, but please know that the people and organizations that are aiming to destroy our profession are working tirelessly as well. We have to work just a little bit harder than them.
Scott A. Hovsepian