Arlington Officer Placed on Leave After Writing Police Should Meet ‘Violence with Violence’


Originally published by WBUR on October 30, 2018.

The incoming head of an organization representing police officers across Massachusetts has been placed on paid administrative leave in Arlington after he called for officers to meet “violence with violence” and forget about restraint in a series of columns that targeted elected leaders, criminal justice reform and former NFL player Colin Kaepernick. Read More

Massachusetts Police Organization Suspends Arlington Officer Over Controversial Newsletter


Originally published by WBUR on October 31, 2018.

An Arlington police lieutenant has been suspended from the police lobbying group he was set to lead next year after calling for officers to meet “violence with violence” in the group’s newsletter. The Arlington Police Department had, hours earlier, placed the officer on paid leave over his writings, which he now claims were “satire.” Read More

Arlington’s Use Of Restorative Justice To Discipline Officer Sparks Criticism


Originally Published by WBUR on May 3, 2019.

An Arlington police lieutenant says he’s sorry for inflammatory comments he made in a police newsletter.

Lt. Rick Pedrini has been the talk of the town since October, when he penned several controversial columns calling for officers to “meet violence with violence” and describing criminals as “maggots.” Read More