State trooper whose picture sharing meal with homeless woman went viral fired for not complying with ‘mandate’

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BOSTON, MA- In May 2016, Massachusetts State Trooper Luke Bonin, then assigned to the state’s Dartmouth barracks shared lunch on the side of the road with a homeless woman in Fall River, Massachusetts, the moment captured in a viral Facebook post on the MSP’s Facebook page.

The photo was titled, “A Selfless Meal, and Conversation for Two.” This photo captured a moment rarely seen by the public, who more often sees images captured in a moment in time when an officer is perceived to be doing something wrong.

 

It’s funny how yesterday’s hero has somehow become today’s scourge, with Bonin being informed he is being fired by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

His crime? Surely it must be something egregious, a violation of the tenets of policing, something so over the top that the Commonwealth was left with no other choice than to terminate this trooper’s employment.

Not so much. Bonin is being fired for refusing to subject himself to the jab…yes, that jab.

Like thousands of police officers, firefighters, medical personnel and others, Bonin is being ejected from a career he no doubt loves because he refused to get injected with what is still an experimental vaccine, authorized only under an emergency use authorization.

In this case, RINO Republican Governor Charlie Baker, who is rumored to not be running for reelection (he wouldn’t have a prayer of getting the Republican nod anyway), ordered Bonin and others like him to be terminated.

In October, Bonin appeared on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle where he told Ingraham that he and other troopers were concerned for their jobs. One of those other troopers is Jonathan McClure. Apparently, this is the modus operandi in how the Massachusetts State Police are treating their longtime troopers.

In another case, Trooper Jonathan McClure was relieved of his badge and equipment at his home, in front of his family based on a Facebook post. McClure had honorably served the Massachusetts State Police for ten years without a single blemish on his record. This was done in front of his wife and four young children.

 

Baker, of course doesn’t go out and do the dirty work himself. He leaves that to the leadership of the Massachusetts State Police. Remember 18 months ago when police and other first responders were called “heroes,” serving on the front lines as COVID-19 started ravaging the country?

Not any more…yesterday’s heroes are todays zeroes, at least in the minds of the ruling class. It’s disgusting.

Of course the MSP didn’t have a problem using Trooper McClure (a mounted MSP officer) for public relations when it served their purposes. Now however they simply kick him (and others like him) to the curb.

 

 

 

The MSP however didn’t only use McClure for their purposes. Another such person Trooper Samantha Cilla, who was widely used as public relations for the state police when she became a trooper, following in her father’s footsteps, Trooper Vincent Cilla, who was killed in the line of duty in 2005 when Samantha was 13.

Cilla was operating his police motorcycle westbound on the Mass Turnpike in Boston when he was killed, having served with the Massachusetts State Police for 22 years. 

Fourteen years later, when Samantha became a trooper, following in her hero dad’s footsteps, the MSP was more than happy to use her pinning ceremony for publicity purposes. They continued to use her for public relations purposes while she served the Commonwealth.

 

 

As they did with Trooper McClure, the Massachusetts State Police went to her home and likewise relieved her of her badge and equipment, again for the “crime” of not being vaccinated, and again in front of her family.

 

We are not talking about overweight, out-of-shape people in their 60s. All these of these troopers are young and healthy, in “fighting shape” so to speak.

Yet the troopers who went to the homes of these public servants, humiliated them in front of their families, and relieved them of their careers apparently thought nothing of doing so. There is doing what you’re told and doing the right thing…these people just did as they were told, without regard for the damage they were doing. 

After all, they were just “following orders,” right? How these bastards and Baker can sleep at night knowing what they’ve done is beyond us.

Of course, the Commonwealth is getting just what they want with men such as this, who despite the oath they swore to uphold have no problem with following Baker’s orders and depriving these men and women of their liberty, likely violating the Constitution in the process.

So what type of trooper does Baker and the MSP leadership want? How about:

At least three Mass State Troopers, all high-ranking officials, were involved in a scandal involving a coverup involving the arrest of Judge Tim Bibaud’s daughter who crashed her car while high on heroin. Col. Richard McKeon, Lt. Col. Francis Hughes and Maj. Sue Anderson all resigned in disgrace, yet still received their full pensions, according to MassLive. 

The Boston Herald reported that Col Dan Risteen retired with a full pension, while receiving over $100,000 in unused sick pay; he too was involved in the Bibaud coverup. He was also involved in a scandal involving then Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, who was involved in an accident at high-speed, 108 mph crash. 

The Boston Globe meanwhile reported a number of troopers were implicated in an overtime detail scandal, however most retained their jobs, at least initially while few were fired. 

Finally Risteen’s girlfriend, Leigha Genduso managed to land a job with the Massachusetts State Police, initially as a dispatcher and then as a trooper. Genduso was forced to resign in disgrace, according to WBUR when her drug dealing past was uncovered. After resigning, she vowed to fight the loss of her job, however it is not believed she ever was successful. 

 Yet, the MSP still has photos of her all over their Facebook page.

 

 

While all of the above still get their pensions, the officers fired for “felony failure to get jabbed” lose everything, including their accumulated pensions.

It is a travesty that these healthy troopers were fired for refusing to take what is still an experimental jab against a virus that has over a 99% survival rate and where even vaccinated people are still susceptible to not only getting the virus but passing it on. It makes zero sense. Yet here we are and sadly half the country has no problem with it. 

How ironic is it that bureaucrats like Baker, who all but kissed the ass of violent protesters last year in Boston who were destroying the capital city of Massachusetts, have zero problem firing law enforcement officers when we need them most. Tone deaf? Hardly. Stupid? Absolutely.

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Of course, those of us who work in and around law enforcement know that all heroes don’t wear capes. For more on that, we invite you to:

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YONKERS, NY – Two Yonkers Police officers and bystanders worked together to help lift a vehicle where a baby was trapped underneath following a suspected drunk driver crashing into the child and her mother and plowing through a local business’ storefront.

The crash was captured by surveillance footage, with the two officers’ bodycams catching the heroic rescue in action following the wreck.

On July 23rd at approximately 8:30 a.m., a 43-year-old male, identified as David Poncurak, was reportedly behind the wheel of a Hyundai Elantra on Lake Avenue when he struck a curb and parked vehicle while making a turn.

After colliding with the vehicle, video shows the driver hit a 36-year-old woman who was with her infant daughter, then crashing into the façade of a barbershop.

It just so happened that Yonkers Police Officers Rocco Fusco and Paul Samoyedny were having breakfast nearby where the crash occurred and ran over to the scene where they found that the infant was trapped underneath the vehicle.

Both of the officers, as well as bystanders inside of the barbershop, worked together to get the vehicle hoisted up so the young girl could be pulled out from underneath the vehicle.

Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller described the actions as “nothing short of heroic” in a statement following the incident:

“It is always a tragedy when someone is injured by the reckless and criminal acts of another person, and that is only amplified when those injured include an infant.”

“Luckily, two veteran officers of Yonkers’ finest just happened to be getting breakfast next door and quickly took action along with members of the community to rescue a child trapped under the vehicle and render aid to her mother. The actions taken are nothing short of heroic.”

“The individual arrested in this incident will now have to face the consequences of his alleged behavior.”

The infant sustained a skull fracture and burns to her back and foot, while her mother suffered a broken leg.

While the injuries are serious and both the mother and child are still hospitalized, police officials said on July 25th that they’re “doing extremely well” in light of the circumstances.

Poncurak and the female passenger with him during the crash were reportedly no injured during the crash. There was also reportedly an open container of alcohol found inside of the suspects vehicle following the collision, according to reports. 

The suspect has since been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, second-degree vehicular assault, and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

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This incident is reminiscent of another law enforcement officer that hoisted up a vehicle following a crash to help a trapped passenger.

And just as the incident in Yonkers, this May incident that occurred in Virginia also allegedly involved an intoxicated driver. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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GLOUCESTER COUNTY, VA – A sheriff’s deputy in Virginia is getting some well-deserved accolades and being hailed as a hero, after he single handedly lifted an overturned vehicle where a woman’s head was trapped in a portion of the sunroof and thus obstructing her breathing.

This deputy’s sheer motivation and physical feat afforded the woman the opportunity to free herself from the life-threatening obstruction.

The incident occurred during the evening of May 7th in Gloucester County, when Deputy John Holt had responded to a report of an overturned car. Officials released bodycam footage from the incident which show the deputy arriving on the scene.

Once Deputy Holt had exited his vehicle, he was met with frantic cries from those that had managed to escape the overturned vehicle clamoring about the driver that was a trapped and whose breathing obstructed due to her head being caught in a compromising position.

A statement from the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office noted the following about the circumstances:

“The driver was laying underneath the vehicle with her head pinned by the sunroof. Seeing the trauma her child was witnessing, Deputy J. Holt went into overdrive.”

In the release bodycam footage, a child can be seen inside of the vehicle pleading with the deputy to help his mother:

“She can’t breathe. She can’t breathe. Please help.”

While the footage from the body worn camera shows everything from the deputy’s perspective, the groans from the exerting of force can be heard as the deputy lifts the vehicle so as to free the entrapped woman from her life-threatening predicament.

The statement from the sheriff’s office shared the following sentiments regarding Deputy Holt’s actions that likely saved this woman’s life:

“Through sheer will and determination due to fearing the female may succumb to her circumstance in front of her panic-stricken child, Deputy J. Holt took quick action and was able to physically lift the vehicle up enough for the driver to maneuver her head out to safety.”

While the woman was saved, she is also been charged in connection with the incident that caused the vehicle she was driving to overturn.

The driver, later identified as 50-year-old Channelle Parker, was charged with driving under the influence, holding a cellphone while driving, and fleeing the scene of a hit and run she was allegedly involved in.

This isn’t the first time that Deputy Holt has received accolades for lifesaving endeavors.

This past February, deputy Holt had accepted the award for both the local and regional top cop award from the Greater Hampton Roads Regional Crime Line in connection with him saving the lives of two people for my burning house on March 24th of 2020.

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In other recent reports regarding rescues, a 5-year-old girl who was kidnapped in Detroit was recovered by police after neighbors found her trapped inside her neighbors home pleading for help. 

Here’s that previous report from July. 

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DETROIT, MI – Thanks to attentive neighbors, a kidnapped 5-year-old girl was rescued by police in Detroit. Authorities say the young girl was held captive inside of house next door to where she lived, possibly for a few days.

Sadly, following the recovery of the child, authorities found the body of the 5-year-old girl’s father inside of her home next door.

And while a suspect is in custody for her kidnapping, the same suspect has not yet been charged with the young girl’s father’s murder. 

It was the drastic calls for help on the evening of June 30th that resulted in the rescue of a 5-year-old girl, who police say was abducted by 29-year-old Dangelo Clemons , that helped prevent what one detective said he couldn’t fathom “what could’ve happened” had locals not alerted authorities.

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One local outside of the crime scene within the 12100 block of Schaefer Highway while it was active shot a video after the police response, narrating the following”

“She was at the window, banging on the window, screaming and crying, ‘Help me, help me, before the monster gets back’.”

A man identified as Alfando Hendricks had apparently tried getting the door open of the duplex where the girl was trapped inside of after hearing her cries for help, telling a local news crew that he couldn’t get the door open:

“I said baby, I can’t come in there cause I tried pulling on the door.”

Hendricks was apparently familiar with the kidnapped girl, telling a local new crew that he’d given the young girl a bicycle roughly a month earlier.

“I had gotten her a bike, about a month ago, because she didn’t have a bike to ride. A little pink bike.”

Authorities say Hendricks ran across the street and called 911 about the captive child, which Detective James Kraszewski with Detroit Police Department said that he didn’t want to think about what would’ve happened to the young girl hadn’t locals notified police:

“I don’t want to think of what could’ve happened. I don’t want to go there. They saved this girl’s life”

Police believe that the girl was held captive for several days.

One of the neighbors who used to babysit the young girl spoke to a local news crew, saying the following: 

“She’s a bundle of joy, actually, I’ve never seen her sad.”

Detective Kraszewski said that when police came inside of the home, the young girl “jumped in the officer’s arms”.

 

After the 5-year-old girl was recovered from the home, bodycam footage caught the moments when she told an officer the following:

“You know what I want to be when I grow up? I want to be a policeman.”

While the young girl was rescued, therein lies the tragedy of her father, Cody Millsap, who was found murdered inside the young girl’s home next door.

Karla Reaves, the godmother of the rescued 5-year-old girl, said she would take the young girl to the park with her daughter, but noted how the rescued girl’s father used to insist upon a pop quiz and some reading before a trip to the park:

“He made sure she did five math problems and read a book before we took her to the park. I love them so much.”

While Reaves is glad the young girl is safe, she’s heartbroken over the killing of the girl’s father and is angry at the man she believes to have murdered him and kidnapped the young girl:

“He needs to know that he hurt this little girl for the rest of her life. Not only did he hurt her, he hurt us and anyone else who loved that little girl because now she doesn’t have anybody.”

Clemons has only been charged with felony kidnapping and child enticement in relation to the incident, according to reports, but has not been charged in connection with Millsap’s killing. 

Prosecutor Kym Worthy commented on the case, noting that cases like these command intense investigation: 

“All allegations like these that confirm why we all do this challenging work. We must protect our children by all lawful means necessary.”

Officials have yet to come forward with any allegations even hinting that Clemons may be responsible for Millsap’s killing.

Clemons was arraigned on the charges of kidnapping and child enticement in 36th District Court and is being held on a $250,000 bail.

This is still an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight on this developing case.

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