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Too often we bitch and complain on social media about problems that are never fixed. For instance, we’ve been hooting and hollering for years about judges in Massachusetts letting career criminals like Jorge Zambrano free to roam the streets, only to see them then take the life of an innocent person like Auburn Police Officer Ron Tarentino. But what came of that? Absolutely nothing.
Luckily the Yarmouth PD are not letting that happen again:
The Yarmouth Police Department had strong words Saturday for the Massachusetts criminal justice system and the alleged suspect who shot and killed one of their own in the line of duty Thursday.
“Less than 48 hours ago, a coward took the life of one of our Police Officers. The attack stunned us and brought to our knees…” Deputy Chief Steven Xiarhos said in a statement posted to the department’s Facebook page.
Officer Gannon was killed Thursday when he and two other officers were trying to serve 29-year-old Thomas Latanowich with an arrest warrant. Gannon was shot in the attic during a sweep of the suspect’s Barnstable home. Officer Gannon’s K9 Nero was also shot in the incident and had to undergo emergency surgery. It’s hoped he will make a full recovery.
“The name of person who attacked our beloved Police Officer Sean Gannon, and our innocent Police dog K9 Nero, will never be uttered in our building or in any of our Media Releases or Facebook posts,” Xiarhos said of Latanowich. “We only refer to him as 125…which stands for the number of prior criminal charges he has on his Board of Probation criminal record in Massachusetts.”
This is unprecedented. Normally the police do not use their social media platforms to get political. But how much do you expect them to take? Sean Gannon SHOULD BE ALIVE TODAY!!! Never forget that. He was a well liked young man in the prime of his life who was an excellent cop. He was a friend and a coworker. Imagine going to work the next day as a Yarmouth Cop and being expected to do your job like nothing happened? Their friend and coworker is dead because Judge Gary Nickerson never held him accountable for stabbing a guy while on probation or choking his pregnant baby momma while on probation. The “professional” thing to do would be to do the whole “thoughts and prayers” thing and act like this was an unavoidable tragedy. This is what Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis after Ron Tarentino was murdered by a similar perp. He refused to criticize the district attorney or justice system that contributed to this.
But the Yarmouth Police aren’t playing games. They just lost one of their own and they’re no longer interested in lying for these corrupt politicians and judges. These people have blood on their hands. Their ideology and overall outlook towards criminal justice is dangerous. It favors violent criminals over civilians and LEO’s.
They’re also sharing this petition, which we urge you to sign as well:
So what will Charlie Baker do about this? Because so far he’s been pretty useless. He actually reappointed one of the parole board members (a former defense attorney who doesn’t believe prisons work) who let Maggot 125 out of jail in 2013. Tall Deval was the FIRST to come out and condemn the State Trooper who shot one of the Dorchester Douche Dumplings in the foot after they started riding around on ATVs on the highway, after it was revealed that the trooper had called a criminal a “scumbag” on MassCops.com. He’s always vocal to condemn fake hate crimes, like when Adam Jones lied about being called the n word at Fenway Park.
But here’s all he’s had to say about the assassination of Sean Gannon on his Twitter:
A terrible reminder – which happens too frequently – that law enforcement officers never know what their next call has in store for them. God Bless. https://t.co/PmYbROfWfo
— Charlie Baker (@CharlieBakerMA) April 13, 2018
God bless? That’s it? How bout you show some actual anger about this preventable tragedy and let us know what your plan is to fix this obvious problem? This is two cops in two years killed by career criminals under Charlie Baker’s watch. And he hasn’t fixed it because he’s too busy pushing for charter schools.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sean Gannon’s family, the YPD, and law enforcement everywhere. But quite frankly our thoughts and prayers are useless. So while others are solemnly remembering a great man we’ll be calling out the system that killed him and demanding that politicians use their power to make sure this never happens again.