Acting chief calls 1995 handgun incid...

Acting chief calls 1995 handgun incident 'regrettable'

There are 47 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jan 11, 2008, titled Acting chief calls 1995 handgun incident 'regrettable'. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Acting Police Chief Philip Kearns allegedly briefly pointed a loaded pistol at a fellow officer during a 1995 incident, after the officer teased him about a change in police policy, according to a Civil Service ...

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Big Boy

Randolph, MA

#1 Jan 11, 2008
Most random and irrelevant headline and story I have ever seen.
So What

Dallas, TX

#2 Jan 11, 2008
To my dismay I just read a story that may have potentially been relevent. However I've been dupped again. What is the news value of this story? Kearns did something stupid more than 10 years ago, he takes responsibility and is being honest, no one thinks it should exclude him to being considered. What's the story? You found a piece of information? That's not enough to write a story

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Jan 11, 2008
I'm afraid it is news worthy and should be considered. I also wish Mr. Kearns response to the question had shown some consideration after his own incident.

"If it was the same situation and I realized that it was a joke and it was a response by a bad joke, I'm not sure," Kearns said."

I'm sure, a firearm should NEVER be taken out unless there is a valid threat to the officer period! That's the answer, apparently Mr. Gallant knew it, and if "guys fooling around" with loaded guns is acceptable, you don't belong as Chief.

I'm sure he is fully capable and respected and I'm sure nothing like this will ever happen again from him but, if he's the Chief, I guess we can expect gun play in the locker rooms to be acceptable?
fitchburg-shuffl e

Hudson, MA

#4 Jan 11, 2008
Why would the Sentinel print anything that didn't attempt to instigate? Fuzzy stories involving public figures don't sell papers.


He admitted to making a stupid move, get over it!
I hope you aren't as stupid as your last paragraph indicates!

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Jan 11, 2008
Does he think it was wrong or not? He's admitting to the "stupid" behavior but, is not sure of he would dicipline for it. He said that, not me!

A Chief should know since they are in charge.

I hope you can read better than you show in your response to me.

No awards here

Brookline, MA

#6 Jan 11, 2008
Another shoddy story by another underacheiving reporter employed by the S&E....
Maybe this was big news ten years ago.....just more and more of the same recycled b..s....

Painted Post, NY

#7 Jan 11, 2008
Rule #2: Never point a firearm at anything you do not intend to destroy.

Never means never. He made a bad decision. Fortunately no harm came of it. He certainly should have known better. He has reportedly had an exemplary career other than this one incident and this incident was ten years ago. If this kind of behavior was anything but an anomaly he would have been off the force a long time ago. If this is the only thing the S&E can find to denigrate him over, then I would expect him to be a fine Chief of Police.

I have heard it said that there was only one perfect man in all of human history. And look what they did to him...

Brooklyn, NY

#8 Jan 11, 2008
If he had responded to the question with this...

"Never point a firearm at anything you do not intend to destroy.

Never means never. He made a bad decision."

You would have never heard from me on this. I do trust Mr. Kearns as a very good candidate (potential chief of police=Non-story?) but wish he had answered differently two days ago. The incident was 10+ years ago, his response was recent.

Spencer, MA

#9 Jan 11, 2008
The idea that people are going to get from this article is not going to be about Chief Kearns' mistake (13 years ago), it's going to be that middle school students can write better articles than this. Also,(directed towards Hawk) If the police department considered this incident to be such a big deal, one would think that it would affect Kearns' rising in ranks in the department.....
But oh wait, lets see he was a Sergeant then and now he is the acting police chief? Lets count, thats three promotions... hmm....

Rehoboth Beach, DE

#10 Jan 11, 2008
Are you people stupid or what ? You blame the newspaper reporter for reporting this ? This "IS" news, people. The knucklehead pointed a loaded weapon at a fellow officer 10 years ago. When you apply for a position like "Chief" your skeletons will all be found and disclosed , as they should be. It's no different then anyone running for office. The paper's not ignorant, it's the readers trying to interpret, that's the problem.

Dallas, TX

#11 Jan 11, 2008
Im glad that this story came out. im from fitchburg and wasn't 10 years age. I still beleave he would make a good police chief. stupid joke are made everyday he paid for it. His good record from then on should also count.

Rutland, VT

#12 Jan 12, 2008
"If the police department considered this incident to be such a big deal, one would think that it would affect Kearns' rising in ranks in the department...."

It's almost like you can't read! He was diciplined with a suspension. He has performed very well and received promotions since then. He doesn't think he should have been diciplined based on his "I'm not sure" response.

I'm not going to repeat what I have said alredy becuse YOU can't comprehend the English language!

Scituate, MA

#13 Jan 12, 2008
So, a cop can actually pull a gun and point it at someone and nothing happens. Yet, if one of us legally-licensed gun owners in this state so much as forgets to secure a firearm in our own homes, the local chief can deem us an "unsuitable" person and take away our RIGHT to posses firearms forever.

Spencer, MA

#14 Jan 12, 2008
Hawk's making it personal now... i love it.
Once Again Disgusted

Spencer, MA

#15 Jan 12, 2008
Is this an open invitation for all readers to dig up discipline reports from the last 13 years on ALL CITY OF FITCHBURG EMPLOYEES or is your newspaper just targeting a selected few individuals once again?

Rutland, VT

#16 Jan 13, 2008
I'm making it personal yet you wrote "directed to hawk" in you're post? It's that comprehension thing again.

The piece should actually have all candidates and their histories IF it's going to run anything like this. I do agree the paper is targetting, why would it have this alone?

Somerville, MA

#17 Jan 13, 2008
i agree with (Once Again Disgusted) im sure none of the other top runners for the job have been perfect through the years! Why is just chief Kearns being talked about?

Spencer, MA

#18 Jan 13, 2008
Correct, i did direct that towards you, however i did not insult your comprehension of the English language.
Family Friend

Middletown, CT

#19 Jan 13, 2008
Having worked with the fitchburg police since 1980, it is ridiculous to consider that this one instance should take away at all from what Chief Kearns has done for the city of Fitchburg. Despite this one slip in judgement, it is obvious to anyone with a brain that Kearns would make an excellent chief of police. As a family friend, I see Kearns as a man who carries himself well and treats everyone with respect. To think that a locker room joke would keep him from obtaining a position he's worked for and deserves is saddening.

I dont understand what the S&E is trying to do here - are they trying to blemish a man's reputation, or simply trying to make news out of something that is 13 years old? Why is it that this story comes out during the selection process for the permanent chief, and not when Kearns was chosen as acting chief?

Nobody is perfect. However, if this is all that the S&E can dig up on Kearns in his 26 years with the Fitchburg police, I'd say that he can be trusted to act morally and is capable of leading as the Chief of Police.
real citizen

Arlington Heights, MA

#20 Jan 14, 2008
I agree with Family Friend. I have only heard positive things about Chief Kearns. Nobody is perfect, and he was diciplined...let it go!!!

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