Remove Pedrini From Active Duty

Letters to the Editor

Originally Published October 24, 2019 in the Arlington Advocate

I would like to echo the sentiments expressed at the Oct. 7 Select Board meeting about Lt. Pedrini. He should not be serving as an active police officer and should be kept on desk duty. His racist rhetoric advocating violence is completely unacceptable. We are not “re-opening a wound,” as some claim, because apologizing doesn’t cut it, especially when there have already been complaints against him.

Vulnerable people would not feel safe if he pulled them over in traffic, or came to their home. At least one person is even afraid of pushback from his supporters, which is why they did not attend the meeting. The town should remove him immediately from active duty and have events to address racism in the community.

Kevin Heaton
Massachusetts Avenue