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September 28, 2021

Massachusetts state troopers resign en masse over COVID-19 vaccine mandate

The State Police Association of Massachusetts (SPAM) said that dozens of troopers submitted their resignations following the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which requires proof of vaccination by October 17.

The union released the following statement after a judge denied a request from SPAM to pause the vaccine mandate:

Throughout COVID, we have been on the front lines protecting the citizens of Massachusetts and beyond. Simply put, all we are asking for are the same basic accommodations that countless other departments have provided to their first responders, and to treat a COVID related illness as a line of duty injury.

To date, dozens of troopers have already submitted their resignation paperwork, some of whom plan to return to other departments offering reasonable alternatives such as mask wearing and regular testing.  The State Police are already critically short staffed and acknowledged this by the unprecedented moves which took troopers from specialty units that investigate homicides, terrorism, computer crimes, arsons, gangs, narcotics, and human trafficking, and returned them to uniformed patrol.

According to the union’s attorney, approximately 20 percent of State Police employees are unvaccinated.

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Dozens Of Massachusetts State Police Troopers Resigning Over COVID Vaccine Mandate, Union Says

September 20, 2021

Voters may decide on abolishing police department, Minnesota Supreme Court rules

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that voters can decide whether or not to abolish the Minneapolis police department in the upcoming municipal elections.

“We’re incredibly thrilled that the people of Minneapolis have their democracy honored,” said JaNaé Bates, a spokeswoman for Yes 4 Minneapolis. “The Supreme Court recognized that we were on the right side of the law, we were on the right side of democracy, and we’re going to be [on] the right side of history as we move forward.”

If successful, the measure would replace the police with a public safety department “that employs a comprehensive public health approach.”

The state’s high court overturned a lower court’s ruling that rejected the measure based on “unreasonable and misleading” language.

The measure comes after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of former police officer Derek Chauvin, which sparked a nationwide movement for “defunding the police.”

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Minnesota Supreme Court rules Minneapolis voters may decide on abolishing police department

September 12, 2021

Entire Missouri police department resigns

An entire police department in Missouri, including its police chief, turned in their resignations.

The resignations from three officers, a sergeant, and the police chief in Kimberling City leave the department with no employees. A nearby sheriff’s office will handle calls in the meantime.

“It will be a struggle to fill the police department back up with qualified officers. But hopefully they can start working on that soon and get that accomplished,” Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said.

The reasons for the resignations varied from a lack of qualified officers, the rate of pay, and not having a police clerk.

Recent data shows a 45% increase in the retirement rate of police officers and a nearly 20% increase in resignations from 2020-2021 compared to the prior year.

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Missouri city police chief ‘unexpectedly’ resigns along with every single officer

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