It’s lonely being a cop.
Nobody has your back, not the governor, not the attorney general, not the mayor. Nobody.
Even the three Democrats running for attorney general — the top law enforcement office in the state — would rather talk about campaign financing than financing the cops.
A case in point are last Sunday’s riots, brawls and drunkenness at what used to be family-friendly spots at Carson Beach in South Boston and Revere Beach.
State Police troopers at both beaches, during an unusual heat wave, faced thousands of unruly beachgoers who refused to disperse, despite warnings.
Instead, after answering calls, the responding troopers were met with “violence, disrespect and criminal behavior,” according to the State Police union. Some of the troopers were even attacked.
And the rioters ruined the beach-going experience for thousands of families who had brought their children to escape the heat. Children, playing in the sand and surf, were forced to flee from mobs of drunken louts throwing firecrackers and trading punches with each other and with the cops
Police arrested seven people at Revere Beach and another five at Carson Beach on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, domestic assault, resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer, possession of fireworks and disorderly conduct. Six of those arrested were juveniles.
The State Police Association of Massachusetts said, ‘Going to the beach with family, friends and loved ones is a longtime treasured New England tradition.”
“It is disheartening that a group of individuals have created such an unsafe environment that families and other community members are not able to partake at the beach without the fear of violence,” the union said.
The troopers faced riotous situations at both beaches. On Carson Beach “thousands of beach goers refused to disperse after countless fights broke out.
“The crowd became a major safety concern. Our troopers were confronted with a large crowd, some of whom attacked the responding troopers while they were effecting arrests,” the union said.
It quickly became painfully obvious that the undermanned State Police had difficulty controlling the situation at Carson Beach and needed help from the Boston Police as well as cops from the MBTA. The beaches have become a combat zone
Given the years of anti-cop, defunding rhetoric emanating from the left, it should come as no surprise that the once-respected State Police would be physically attacked by rioters.
What is surprising is that no political leader provided the cops with any support, or even commented on the situation.
Outgoing Gov. Charlie Baker, who has earned the anger of the cops by firing troopers who would not take the COVID vaccine, had no words of support or had any comment at all.
Neither did Attorney General Maura Healey, the state’s chief “ law enforcement” officer have anything to say. In her case it is understandable, however, since she has sided with rioters and arsonists in the past. “That’s how forests grow,” she has said.
Perhaps it would have been too much to expect any of the three woke Democrats running to succeed the woke Healey — none of whom are pro cop — to say anything. As a matter of fact, Andrea Campbell, who is leading in the fight, proposed defunding the cops when she ran for mayor of Boston.
And where was Mayor Michelle Wu? She was nowhere to be found. She doesn’t do cop stuff anyway.
Progressives have changed politics.
Time was when Boston had a hands-on political leader like Mayor Ray Flynn (1984-1993), who made it a point of being physically present at every problematic event in the city, working for calm. He would have been at Carson Beach breaking up fights last Sunday. He would have praised the cops.
Flynn, now 82, worked the city. He used to jog throughout Boston with Mickey Roache, his police commissioner. Right now, Boston does not even have a police commissioner.
Next time something happens, Wu should ask, “What would Ray do?”
Peter Lucas is a veteran Massachusetts political reporter and columnist.