Independent probe needed
From my perspective as a former Massachusetts state trooper, ordering a trooper to change his description of his personal first-hand account of an arrest is unethical, should be condemned and compromises the investigative process (“Safety chief denies change role,” Nov. 9). The questions that have been raised have less to do with the criminal charges, and more to do with the integrity of the state police.
The ability of the command staff and Secretary of Public Safety Daniel Bennett to conduct an impartial investigation is called into question. Gov. Charlie Baker needs to appoint an independent person to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this matter. Doing so would restore public confidence in the integrity of the Massachusetts State Police and discourage another similar incident.
It would also send a muchneeded message to rank-and-file troopers, cementing the idea that, if their superior officers are having difficulty supporting their enforcement of the criminal laws, the governor will come to their assistance.
— Robert L. Cerra, Newton