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Statement from the Massachusetts Coalition of Police July 30 2020

By July 30, 2020July 30th, 2021MassCOP and Police Reform

The Massachusetts Coalition of Police – representing over 4,300 members in 157 communities  statewide – wishes  to  publicly  acknowledge  and  express  our  gratitude  to  the  bi-partisan  group  of  66  House lawmakers who stood up for what is right in the H4860 Police Reform debate.

Our Union has been strongly supportive of responsible police reform, and we have attempted to focus the Legislature on substantive changes that can be implemented  immediately.  We have also pointed to issues that need more thorough study and debate in order to be fairly and safely administered. Throughout this process,  there  have  been a number of  representatives  who  have  been collaborative  and supportive  of efforts to create a fair and equitable police reform law. They have recognized that there are a number of proposals  in these bills that will endanger  not only police officers,  but the public as well. Because they were able to recognize  these problems – and felt the process should  be slowed  down to examine  these issues properly – they voted NO on H4860 as presented.

Scott A. Hovsepian
President
John E. Nelson
First Vice President
Robert W. Murphy
Secretary/Treasurer

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It  takes  a  strong  sense  of  right  and  wrong  to  resist  the  pressure  some  people  are  putting  on  these legislators. That is admirable.   It takes a strong intellect to recognize the problematic  issues contained  in these  bills and  to  want them  corrected.  That  is impressive.  It takes  a strong  will  to stand  up and  be counted as a person who is interested in making law enforcement accountable, while maintaining fairness and due process. That is commendable.    Strong sense of right and wrong, strong sense of intellect, and strong will are all qualities we should be supporting in our legislators. We applaud these 66 legislators for their decisive and thoughtful action. Their vote has had a true impact on the remainder of this process and will affect the final outcome.

We ask that all  MassCOP  members- and all constituents  and members of the public- support  these principled   and  courageous   legislators,  especially   those  with  challengers   in  November.   Legislators focused on the safety of everyone in our communities  are an extremely valuable resource that we cannot afford to lose.

Sincerely,

Scott Hovsepian
President

John Nelson
First Vice President

Robert Murphy
Secretary/Treasurer

Timothy King
In-House Counsel

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