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January 19, 2021

Massachusetts Elementary School Apologizes for Thank You Post to Police Including Thin Blue Line

Waltham, MA – During National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day earlier in the month, the Fitzgerald Elementary School posted a photo to their social media of a wooden thin blue line flag with the words “Happy National Law Enforcement Day” above it.

The principal of the school, Jennifer Santillo, and PTO president Lauren Fournier decided that the post wasn’t appropriate and had it removed.

In addition, the two women sent a joint letter addressing the post to parents. They mentioned that the thin blue line holds “opposition to Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements” and that “the use of the image was therefore a regrettable [...]

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December 5, 2020

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Police Reform Bill, Bans ‘Chokeholds’ and Creates Civilian Oversight

Massachusetts – On Tuesday of this week, Massachusetts legislature passed a bill that would ban police “chokeholds” and form a new civilian-led commission dedicated to investigating officer misconduct. The bill is set to be sent to Republican Governor Charlie Baker’s officer for review. The majority civilian commission, dubbed the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission if the bill is signed by the Governor, would also be responsible for standardizing the certification, training, and decertification of officers.

If signed into law, police would be prohibited from being trained on or using “lateral vascular neck [...]

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November 13, 2020

Officers Honored For Saving 4 Including 1 Man Run Over By Boat

Ipswich, Mass – To serve and protect.

It’s not just a slogan.

Two police officers in Ipswich have been awarded for going above and beyond their call of duty for rescuing a man following a boating accident. 

Ipswich police Lt. Jonathan Hubbard and officer Brian Murphy received commendation after the duo responded to a boating distress call last summer. The officers arrived to find four people in the water who had been thrown from a boat and found the watercraft circling the water, unmanned. The driver suffered life-threatening injuries after ultimately being run over by the boat. 

The officers provided critical first aid [...]

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