The three city unions representing rank-and-file officers have sent a scathing letter to the city’s top cop demanding long guns, ballistic helmets, extra-loaded magazines and other equipment in light of “worldwide” murders of police.
The blistering letter was signed by presidents of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, Boston Police Superior Officers Federation and the Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society.
Police Commissioner William B. Evans confirmed tonight that he has received the letter laying out the unions’ demands, and the department is taking them under advisement. Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s office says it has not received the letter.
The unions write “enough is enough” and they want their demands met.
“We live in a world where a sitting President has basically ‘fanned the flames of Police hatred’ with political rhetoric and now a sitting Governor is politically afraid to speak,” the letter reads.
Gov. Charlie Baker’s Office also declined comment on the letter tonight.
The unions add “the time has come to put ‘Politics’ aside, Police Officers and other public safety personnel are being murdered across this country at an alarming rate. Terrorist are putting public employee information, garnered from municipal sources, on various web sites identifying public officials, Police Officers included; threatening their lives and the lives of their families alike. Police, worldwide are being Murdered on the streets and in their homes.”
Some of the demands include:
–Long guns for patrol officers with “ample ammunition.”
–Removing police officers’ names from city databases.
–Handing out extra loaded magazines.
–Ballistic shields, extra radios, batteries and first aid kits.
–Heavy armor ballistic plates for bullet-resistant vests.
–Add more police officers to the force.
Evans told the Herald “keeping my officers safe is always foremost in my thoughts and I take the concerns of the unions seriously.”
He added: “The Boston Police Department is aware of the letter recently submitted by the combined leadership of the police unions and is taking their requests under advisement.”
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