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11 Massachusetts State Troopers, 1 sergeant fired for not getting COVID vaccine – CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — 11 Massachusetts state troopers and a sergeant were fired Friday for refusing to get a COVID shot. All 12 are now considered “dishonorable discharged”.

The soldiers were first placed on administrative leave, but still have not been shot. Later Friday afternoon, state police issued the orders, firing the soldiers. Some of the soldiers had more than 10 years of work.

I-Team sources say the sergeant who was fired was part of the K-9 unit and his dog was taken away last fall. Another soldier, a woman whose father was also a soldier and was killed in the line of duty, was also fired on Friday.

A few soldiers also resigned during the vaccination mandate.

The action comes about eight months after Governor Charlie Baker signed an executive order requiring all executive branch employees to provide proof of vaccinations by Oct. 17 or face disciplinary action, including possible firing.

In a statement, State Police Association of Massachusetts Troopers President Pat McNamarra said Governor Charlie Baker should be “ashamed” for the mandate he put in place:

“Governor Baker has proven once again how hypocritical he is. As part of a Friday night news dump, he fired at least 12 soldiers because of his vaccine mandate. No recourse. No due process. Just a Governor determined to break the back of the State Police who work tirelessly every day to keep the Commonwealth safe.

His clear and petty animosity has been on full display for months now. While he shuts down COVID testing sites, called for the State House to be reopened without a warrant, and generally showed we’re in the endemic phase of COVID-19, he still insists on firing 12 soldiers from a department already at short of staff. Troopers deserve better. The Commonwealth deserves better. And, Charlie Baker should be ashamed.

Governor Baker’s office did not respond to McNamarra’s statement.

WBZ-TV security analyst and former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said the punishment was severe for the soldiers and could leave a lasting stain on their records.

“It’s a severe punishment, but it’s appropriate for a soldier or a police officer to refuse an order that is a lawful order,” Davis said. “This is a very important decision on the Governor’s part and it shows that the Governor is extremely serious about his desire to protect the public.”

Davis says the layoffs won’t have much of an impact on public safety, but police morale, on the other hand, could be different.

“It’s a tough time to get the job done. And the police aren’t sure what the community expects of them. It’s just another problem that doesn’t help morale.


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