Massachusetts

MA Police Officer Stabbed by Knife-Wielding 11-Year Old

A Lowell, MA police officer suffered two stab wounds on Sunday after when he confronted a knife-wielding 11-year old.

The officer had observed a neighborhood disturbance and gotten out of his patrol vehicle to intervene when an 11-year old armed with a knife emerged from a house.

The 11-year old charged another child with the knife raised above his head and the officer stepped in to stop the assault.

As a result, the officer suffered two stab wounds. He was treated at a local hospital and released.

The 11-year old was taken into custody and now faces multiple charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

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MA Officer Shot in Face, Expected to Survive

A Massachusetts police officer was shot in the face on Friday while dealing with a suspect who was hiding inside of a Motel 6 room.

Officers eventually entered the room and found the suspect dead.

The injured Braintree, MA officer was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

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Massachusetts Bill Would Make Assaulting a Cop a Felony

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is supporting a new bill before the state legislature that would enhance the penalties associated to the crime of assaulting a police officer.

Currently, assault on an officer is only a misdemeanor in the state of Massachusetts.

The proposed legislation would increase assaults against police officers resulting in "serious bodily injury" to a felony punishable by a minimum of one-year in jail (with a maximum of up to 10-years).

Get more details on the proposed legislation HERE.

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MA Cops End "High Five Fridays" at Local School After Concerns Raised

Photo: @NorthamptonPD Facebook

Photo: @NorthamptonPD Facebook

The Northampton (MA) Police Department has decided to end a program that involved police officers greeting elementary school students with "high fives" on Friday.

The program, although popular, was nixed over concerns raised that some students may not feel comfortable with uniformed officers at the school.

The police department posted on Facebook last week that, "People were specifically concerned about kids of color, undocumented children, or any children who may have had negative experiences with the police."

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Massachusetts Officer Rescues Injured Owl from Busy Roadway

Photo: Whatley Police Dept.

Photo: Whatley Police Dept.

In a feel good story, a Massachusetts police sergeant came to the rescue of an injured owl last week, rescuing the animal from the middle of a busy roadway.

Sergeant Donald Bates of the Whatley Police Department took the animal to a nearby wildlife rehabilitation center where it is recovering from a leg injury.

Great job Sergeant Bates!

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Mass. Supreme Court Says Black Men May Be Justified in Fleeing From Police

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled earlier this week that just because a person flees from police that does not constitute a presumption of guilt. In particular, the court stated that black men who fled from police had a particular reason to fear being unfairly targeted by law enforcement.

The case referenced the December 18, 2011 arrest of Jimmy Warren. Warren was stopped by a Boston police officer who was investigating a robbery. Warren fled on foot but was later captured and charged with possession of an unregistered handgun.

The court cited the lack of specific information tying Warren to the earlier robbery and then issued the following statement regarding his flight:

We do not eliminate flight as a factor in the reasonable suspicion analysis whenever a black male is the subject of an investigatory stop. However, in such circumstances, flight is not necessarily probative of a suspect’s state of mind or consciousness of guilt. Rather, the finding that black males in Boston are disproportionately and repeatedly targeted for FIO [Field Interrogation and Observation] encounters suggests a reason for flight totally unrelated to consciousness of guilt. Such an individual, when approached by the police, might just as easily be motivated by the desire to avoid the recurring indignity of being racially profiled as by the desire to hide criminal activity. Given this reality for black males in the city of Boston, a judge should, in appropriate cases, consider the report’s findings in weighing flight as a factor in the reasonable suspicion calculus.”
— Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

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Salem, MA Cop Has Piece of Ear Bitten Off by Assault Suspect

A rookie police officer in Salem, MA was attacked and part of her ear bitten off after trying to take a 19-year old suspect into custody early Sunday morning.

The incident occurred after police were called to the scene of a fight involving suspect Emma Wiley.

As Salem Police Officer Jessica Rondinelli was attempting to place Wiley in the back of her police cruiser, Wiley allegedly lunged her face toward Officer Rodinelli's and bit her ear.

Officer Rodinelli pried Wiley off of her but not before Wiley was able to bite a piece of the officer's ear off. 

Wiley was nonetheless belligerent, yelling that she would have "every one of" the cops killed. She was booked on charges of mayhem, aggravated assault, and assault on a police officer, among others.

Officer Rodinelli was treated at a local hospital but told the missing piece of her ear could not be reattached due to fear of infection.

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Controversial Banner to Remain at City Hall Despite Vehement Objections by Police

Photo: Erin Tiernan/Wicked Local

Photo: Erin Tiernan/Wicked Local

Dozens of police officers and their supporters rallied in front of the Somerville, MA City Hall on Thursday to protest a "Black Lives Matter" banner situated on the building.

Despite objections by officers and the police union who feel the banner is exclusionary and offensive (given the recent attacks on police officers throughout the nation) the mayor refused to budge.

"That sign is not coming down," said Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone.

Not everyone is in agreement about the banner or the appropriateness of it's placement on City Hall.

Local firefighter Jay Colbert said of the "Black Lives Matter" statement, "Someone hijacked that movement and now it's almost synonymous with killing cops."

Although the controversy has inspired a strong response from disparate voices in the community, the mayor said he was "proud" of the way the residents of Somerville approached their disagreements in a civil way.

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Mass: Cops to Protest "Black Lives Matter" Banner at City Hall

Photo: Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe

Photo: Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe

Police in Somerville, MA, just outside of Boston, are planning a protest at the local City Hall after the mayor refused their request to remove a "Black Lives Matter" sign from the front of the building. 

The union has said the banner is "disrespectful."

The police union released a statement, that read in part, "In the face of the continuing assassination of innocent police officers across the country as an apparent offshoot of the BLM movement, it is irresponsible of the City to [publicly] declare support for the lives of one sector of our population to the exclusion of others, including police officers."

The police rally is scheduled for Thursday between 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

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"Daddy, Don't be a Police Officer Anymore"

Photo: Steven King/Worcester Magazine

Photo: Steven King/Worcester Magazine

A moment in time, caught on film by a local photographer as the body of slain Auburn, MA police officer Ronald Tarentino was being transported to a funeral home on May 22, has gotten the attention of thousands of people and highlighted the dangers and emotional difficulties of being a police officer in America today.

The image shows a young boy, crying and clinging to a police officer. The young boy is Camden and he is hugging his father, veteran officer Keith Chipman.

Camden had just learned the reason he was with his father at the funeral home - their family friend Ronald Tarentino had just been killed in the line of duty.

Overcome with emotion at the gravity of what had happened, young Camden wrapped his arms around his father and begged, "Daddy, don't be a police officer anymore."

The photograph was taken by Worcester Magazine photographer Steven King.

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