In­de­pen­dent probe needed

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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

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