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Murder of Massachusetts Officer Spurs Death Penalty Discussion

July 19, 2018  | 

The debate over the death penalty has been reignited in the wake of the murder of Weymouth (MA) Police Sergeant Michael Chesna. Image courtesy of ODMP.
The debate over the death penalty has been reignited in the wake of the murder of Weymouth (MA) Police Sergeant Michael Chesna. Image courtesy of ODMP.

The debate over the death penalty in Massachusetts has been reignited in the wake of the murder of Weymouth (MA) Police Sergeant Michael Chesna on Sunday.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has stated that he believes the death penalty should apply to cop-killers, and has already increased penalties for attacks on police officers, signing a bill earlier this year "that included a new mandatory minimum sentence for assault and battery on a police officer causing serious bodily injury" according to MassLive.com.

The death penalty ended in Massachusetts in 1984, and several efforts to put it back on the books have failed. But the shocking murder of Officer Chesna on Sunday has reignited the debate.

Officer Chesna was killed when a suspect — identified as Emanuel Lopes — struck Chesna in the head with a large rock, took his gun and then shot Chesna in the head and chest, the Norfolk District Attorney's Office told Weymouth Patch.


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Tom ret @ 7/20/2018 3:01 PM

I doubt it will go beyond the discussion phase and wont affect this scumbag as it wont be applied ex post facto.

Boston @ 7/21/2018 5:36 AM

Agree! It needs to be a Federal law. Police Associations, LEOs in every state need to get their politicians off their butts and make it happen. People push kneeling, gun control so lets push for a law that should reduce murdering LEOs in this country. What the politicians are saying is LEOs are expendable!!

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