Gov. Calls For Trooper To Be Terminated Over 'Racist' Online Comments

HollyMatkin

A Massachusetts State Police trooper was accused of making racists posts on an online forum.

Boston, MA – A Massachusetts State Police (MSP) trooper has been suspended without pay, after he was accused of making racist posts on an online forum.

However, many on social media seem confused why his comments are being labeled as racist.

MSP Trooper Matthew Sheehan, 49, had already been placed on paid administrative leave, in accordance with department policy, after he discharged his weapon during a Feb. 24 incident involving 25 to 30 ATV and dirt bike riders, the Boston Herald reported.

Officers attempted to stop the “erratic and dangerous” riders after they began weaving in and out of traffic and driving against oncoming vehicles on the interstate at approximately 5 p.m., The Republican reported.

Trooper Sheehan fired a rifle during the incident, although it was unclear as to whether or not the bullet struck one of the riders, 28-year-old Aderito Monteiro.

Police said that Monteiro, who was spinning “doughnuts” on the interstate, drove at a trooper and a Boston police K9 handler, the Boston Globe reported.

After he finally complied with officers’ orders to lie down on the ground, Monteiro began to complain that his foot had been injured. MSP investigators said they have not yet determined whether his injury was caused by the round from Trooper Sheehan’s rifle, or by some other means.

Nearly 20 motorcycles and ATVs were seized at the scene, although some riders were able to evade police, The Republican reported. Seven of the suspects were charged.

The Suffolk District Attorney’s Office’s standard internal investigation into the incident is ongoing.

A second investigation into Trooper Sheehan was opened after a series of posts were discovered on an online forum, called MassCops. Sheehan allegedly made posted under the username of “Big Irish,” the Boston Globe reported.

The Boston Globe determined that many of Trooper Sheehan’s posts, which began in 2012, were “racist,” and other news outlets quickly perpetuated the claim.

“Glad the Trooper is ok and went home safe to his family,” Big Irish wrote on July 21, 2012, in response to a post detailing the officer-involved shooting of a man who refused commands to stop driving his vehicle at a trooper. “Note to f*****g scumbags!!!! ‘You try and run us over and you will die!!!! Good shoot ALL DAY LONG!!!!!!!”

“If you throw a bottle at me you will need 2 things (1) A real good dentist (for obvious reasons) and (2) A phsical therapist AFTER you start walking again,” he commented, in regards to a 2013 gathering where a crowd 500 unruly people blocked a street and threw beer bottles and cans at police who attempted to disperse them.

“How about obey the law, don't steal anything and don't behave like a fucking douche bag C**T!!!” he posted in 2015, in relation to an article about a woman who spit on an officer, then accused him of being racist. “The T cop was just doing his job investigating a possible robbery. He drew his weapon because the other scum on the bus with you were approaching. Maybe somebody should have helped him out instead of filming the scene with their Obama Phones!!! Thank God the cop was black!! Watch your backs out folks!!”

Many of the posts contained vulgar language, no-nonsense descriptions, and strong pro-police opinions.

The second internal investigation was launched on Wednesday, the Boston Herald reported.

“The tone and nature of these posts are repugnant and clearly do not reflect the values, ideals and opinions of the Massachusetts State Police,” MSP director of media communications Dave Procopio said in a statement. “We have opened an Internal Affairs investigation. Trooper Sheehan is currently on a standard administrative leave as the result of his role in a shooting incident on Saturday.”

“The Department will hold an internal hearing on Friday to determine his duty status while the investigation is conducted,” Procopio continued. “Depending on the outcome of that hearing, Trooper Sheehan faces a potential change in his duty status for the duration of the investigation, up to and including being suspended without pay. When the investigation is completed, the Department will take further action as warranted by the results.”

Trooper Sheehan’s patrol vehicle, “use-of-force equipment, and other department-issued equipment” were seized by the department, Procopio added.

Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker weighed in on the situation on Thursday, and declared that, if the trooper wrote the comments on the MassCops website, his employment should be terminated.

“If those posts were issued by someone who is a member of the state police, they’re clearly a violation of code of conduct and he or she should be fired,” Baker said.

Trooper Sheehan was suspended without pay following the hearing on Friday.

Comments (17)
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Steve326m
Steve326m

Charlie Baker is a RINO. Period.

Denosb
Denosb

Maybe these liberal politicians should defend their police officers and then maybe the citizens would start respecting Authority I'm surprised anybody wouldn't want to be a cop today

bronx163
bronx163

Tells you where policing in the 21 century has arrive at. Shit bag liberals infested with savage mind set and rhino republicans who dance to what ever the dog barks at them.
Let the shit burn. Do nothing. Boston is already overrun with white trash, liberal pussies, ghetto mutts. Let the system implode just do reactive policing. Take a report move on to next job.
When the animals storm the gates of the Governors mansion then they will beg for law and order.
Fuck you shitbag liberal commie governor.

molly7r
molly7r

Maybe if these shitbags just complied it would not have been an issue. These politicians need to be on the road for a month unarmed and not surrounded by their security officers.

BobIn704
BobIn704

Screw those who are trying to bury this cop! Get a good fucking atty and he will be fine!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I keep forgetting that freedom of speech only applies to others, not the police. In this case the officer wasn't representing his agency, so what's the big deal? And although his language was a little colorful, I certainly don't see anything racist in what he said.

td178
td178

Still trying to figure out what was racist here.....can't call scumbags "scumbags"??? Free speech appears to be dead, just like the logic of these higher ups and politicians. Feel bad for this guy.

chattycathy
chattycathy

That's ridiculous!!!!! Only one I read could ever remotely be called racist and that's coz he dared to mention BLM (but he's right!) It's terrible how our LEO's are being thrown under the bus! smh. He'll get in more trouble than the coward of Broward county! smh!

Metalneck
Metalneck

Baker, et al need to ride with a cop and see how their nights go and the scumbags (yeah, I said it) that they have to deal with show "respect"- then let's see how quickly their mindset changes. There's nothing racist about mentioning the BLM movement. I'm a female, and his language didn't offend me, it's just a guy with one of the hardest jobs in the world blowing off steam. I find it ridiculous that anything he wrote would be deemed racist! Police are so disrespected these days, and it's not just by the criminal element, either... #Votethemout

Propolice
Propolice

Ridiculous, the governor is a moron liberal and I sure hope he needs help from a trooper one day soon.

Tojo
Tojo

Baker is more then a RINO, he's the lowest form of political life, a Lib. Lib's, I can smemm them from a mile away.

Tojo
Tojo

Baker is more then a RINO, he's a Lib, the lowest form of political life. Lib's, I can smell them from a mile away.

Grog
Grog

Well, he sure isn't the brightest bulb in the fixture.

dennodogg
dennodogg

I'm glad all the political poons are sticking up for deadbeat bandits out there. That'll make them like you more. Surely you shlt me.

T.Good
T.Good

Oh so glad I'm retired God bless you guys, and be careful no one has your back except your Blue brothers, don't trust anyone and never assume anything

Sunshineandlight
Sunshineandlight

Be careful... won't be long and they'll start rescinding pensions for comments such as yours. Communists despise truth.

Sunshineandlight
Sunshineandlight

Be careful! It won't be long and you'll lose your pension over comments like yours. Communists despise truth.


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