Weymouth Sgt. Michael Chesna’s widow speaks out against police reform bill


The widow of the slain Weymouth Police Sergeant. Michael Chesna is speaking out against the police reform bill supported by state lawmakers this month and criticism from law enforcement officials across the country over the past few months.

In a lengthy Facebook post on Sunday, Cindy Chesna highlighted the contrast in public attitude towards police in recent months as the country got rid of George Floyd’s death, and her husband in the line of duty two years ago Immediately after death. this month.

“When Mike was killed there was no protest (peaceful or otherwise), no rioting, and no looting,” Chandna wrote. “There was certainly no public outrage from politicians for the reform of a broken justice system that repeats criminals on the street. Instead of everyone getting together and praying, we pray that we find the strength to face each day what we have lost.

42-year-old Michael Chesna died when Emanuel Lopes allegedly took Chesna’s gun and shot him in the head and chest after the scene of a single-car crash in Weymouth on July 15, 2018.

Authorities said Lopez also murdered 77-year-old Vera Adams, facing two murder charges.

The late Chesna, a Hanover father of two young children, was a six-year department veteran.

His widow says that his death supported the support of politicians, first responders and all people. Ribbons, signs and other displayed auxiliary police covered local cities, including the “thin blue line” American flag.

“Two years later, I’m seeing a complete contrast to many people who looked me straight in the eye at Mike’s behest and promised to be there for me forever, offering whatever they could.”

Now, the same politicians are showing “extreme disrespect towards our officers” with police reform measures pending in the State House – one that was passed by the Senate earlier this month, and a House version that passed late Friday The decision was made – and the decision – to remove the “thin blue line” flag from fire trucks in Hingham after a civil complaint, Chesna wrote. The flags have been displayed since her husband’s death.

Chesna wrote, “I take each of these actions as a personal attack that stood for Mike and a soldier decorated with two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a police officer.” “My children are growing up in a world where the police is abounding. His father was not a villain, he was a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice. His memory should never be clouded. “

In a 30-7 vote, the Senate passed its own reform legislation on July 14, which would limit “qualified immunity” that protects officers from civil lawsuits, requires police officers to be licensed, and chokeholds and tears. Check on gas usage.

The House Police Reform Bill passed on a 93–66 vote after three days of debate. The law would create a certification system for police officers, curb the use of no-knock warrants and ban choke.

While Chesna did not specifically name any politicians, two-thirds of Weymouth’s State House delegation did not vote for the bills. Democratic State Representative James Murphy Voted against House proposal, While Republican state fighter Patrick O’Connor voted when the Senate took its bill.

However, Quincy Democrat and House Majority Leader Rep. Ronald Mariano supported the bill – a measure he sees in line with the honor of those serving in law enforcement, he said on Monday.

“As anyone is familiar with the story of Sergeant’s death. Michael Chesna knows, it was an inexplicable tragedy that his family and community will never forget. His legacy honors every good police officer we have, ”Mariano, who represents five former promotions in Weymouth, told Boston.com in a statement, responding to Chesna’s post. “George Floyd’s knee which we all saw in the video was also an inexplicable tragedy. As were the unnecessary deaths of Bryon Taylor, Razard Brooks and so on. The legacy of these incidents defame good police officers everywhere.

“I have never met a law enforcement officer who does not say that they agree that we need to get rid of the ‘bad apple’ in law enforcement,” he said.

Mariano said the recently released report by the Justice Department, along with the deaths of Floyd, Taylor and Brooks, found that the Narcotic Bureau of Springfield Police has a pattern of unconstitutional, excessive force use, which clarified that local Police need more and up-to-date training ”to deal with the stresses of today’s society. “

Mariano said, “We should all involve these law enforcement officers in calling for the highest standards of policing, and do all we can to prevent the tragic loss of life for the police and civilians.” said. “I see the House’s action on police reform in line with the common goal of all who honor those who serve selflessly in the enforcement of law.”

Chesna also maligned officers in her post who misuse their authority, writing that they should be removed from the force and that “criminals should be punished.”

“These bad apples are the exception rather than the rule,” she wrote. “I do not condone violence and I believe that every person, no matter your job, should be held responsible for their actions.”

But, he said, lawmen should also investigate.

“I also think those making false promises of unbreakable support should be held accountable in November,” Chesna wrote.

His post received strong support and reception on Facebook, receiving more than 12,000 positive responses and 13,000 shares by Monday evening.

Chesna urged readers to respect each other and be kind.

“I can’t keep quiet anymore,” she wrote. “This is a personal way for me and I will always stand up for my husband. His memory will not be disparaged with any officer making the ultimate sacrifice. “

Read Cindy Chesna’s full post:

Read the state rape. Complete statement by Ronald Mariano:

“As anyone is familiar with the story of Sergeant’s death. Michael Chesna knows, it was an inexplicable tragedy that his family and community will never forget. His legacy honors every good police officer we have. George Floyd’s knee which we all saw in the video was also an inexplicable tragedy. As were the unnecessary deaths of Bryo Taylor, Rashard Brooks, and many others. The legacy of these incidents defame good police officers everywhere.

“I have never met a law enforcement officer who does not say they agree that we need to get rid of the ‘bad apple’ in law enforcement. Recent tragedies around the country, most recently in association with the Department of Justice, Springfield.” , The report detailing abusive practices in MA made it clear to me and many others that our local police needed additional and updated training to deal with the stresses of today’s society.

“We all must join these law enforcement officers in calling for the highest standards of policing, and do all we can to prevent the tragic loss of life for the police and civilians. I House Action on Police Reform With a common goal of respecting all those who serve selflessly in the enforcement of law. ”

The contents of the Associated Press were used in this report.

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