UPDATED, 2:55 p.m.
A police lieutenant who used a column in the Massachusetts Police Association's newsletters to criticize Colin Kaerpenick and other police critics and who said it was time to unleash police to use violence against violent criminals, has been relieved of duty, at least temporarily.
Arlington Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine and Police Chief Frederick Ryan said in a statement that that have put Lt. Rick Pedrini - who will soon become the Massachusetts Police Association's executive director - for his columns. Ryan said:
The columns written by Mr. Pedrini in the Sentinel newsletter directly contradict the values, morals and mission statement of the Arlington Police Department. Such remarks risk eroding the public trust that municipal police departments in Massachusetts have worked so hard to build in recent years. I disavow the remarks in the strongest possible terms, and this matter will be dealt with swiftly and certainly.
I am deeply disturbed by the apparent disregard for human life and for the duty of a police officer shown by Richard Pedrini in the Massachusetts Police Association newsletter. These comments do not represent the mission and values of the Arlington Police Department or the Town of Arlington. The sentiment raised by these comments is disturbing. The Town is taking these comments very seriously, and we will thoroughly investigate this matter.
WBUR reports that after news broke publicly about his columns, Pedriini said his the comments were "satire" never meant for the public to see.