Quinn bill cuts lead towns to re-visit talks with police over pay
A year after the state slashed $40 million from its contribution for police bonuses based on educational advancement, cities and towns are negotiating to restore some of the lost pay in exchange for givebacks such as abandoning civil service hiring, giving up control over health benefits, and taking smaller raises.
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#1 Jun 8, 2010
Treat the cops fair!
#2 Jun 8, 2010
Cops want fair treatment and yet their unions continue to strong arm Mass taxpayers with ridiculous compensation leverage, a virtual monopoly on details (most of whom don't do the job well), a very powerful arm against media who try to expose police abuse and the most powerful legal teams in the state making it virtually impossible to bring anything against them where the evidence isn't etched in DNA somewhere. Cops beat their girlfriends and then get to go play CSI in the homicide division of the state police where they have access to the rest of the hideaways, complete with access to more crime hiding techniques than Stalin had. Cops fabricate reports and charges, falsely arrest, beat people to death and stamp on our rights and if they happen to get caught then internal investigations yield little or no exposure to prosecution, again unless they happen to get caught with DNA on the dress. We overpay them, overstaff them, take abuse from them, provide them immunity from law as well as civilian oversight and also decorate them every time they do their job, give money to their crooked union charities when they call, and continue to allow them to snow us into thinking that their corruption is over exagerated.
Yes, we should be fair to what we promised to cops with the Quinn Bill, a stupid promise, but a promise nonetheless. And as soon as the unions allow us to hold police responsible for their misconduct which violates their own oaths and our trust then we should make good on it.
#3 Jun 9, 2010
Hmmm, that strikes me as a downright bad decision. I can understand that if the cop has been accused but not convicted that he at least maybe should have some rights about just outright losing his job. I can maybe see justifing putting him on nothing but details or speeding traps where he holds the gun but other guys actually interact with the public. But homicide? Why? I would think/hope/pray that that division has a very serious nature to it and is involved in really sensitive work and concern for others. I would think that integrity and all of that is a big part of the job, so why put someone who is in a probationary situation in there? Also, we know very little about the Massachusetts State Police homicide division. Does anyone know anything about them? Who works there? Where they are based? Who oversees? What the protocols are? Thirdly, as you said he's now got access to really good intelligence.
I think that this would make a great story for the Boston Globe don't you? Why hide an accused cop in homicide?
#4 Jun 10, 2010
Lets look under the hood of the Massachusetts State Police Homicide division.
Anyone know where the front door is?
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