Detail officers catch man with a gun and charge another with robbing a woman at knifepoint

Can flagmen do this?

Detail officers in Boston’s South End arrested two armed men yesterday morning after one threatened a man with a gun and another robbed a woman at knifepoint.

We are still waiting for a comment from Governor Patrick or his spokesperson, who had this to say in response to police protests at the Governor’s Conference last week: “the governor is not going to back down from his common-sense civilian flagger reform that has saved taxpayers millions of dollars and put Massachusetts in line with every other state in the nation.”

At least we know his goal is to be “in line” with every other state. Maybe it’s time to elect a governor whose goal is to be better and safer than every other state . But isn’t “in line” the liberal goal? No one is better and no one is worse, no one loses, and no one keeps score. Well, fortunately the police officers of the state don’t subscribe to Patrick’s liberal ideals. Cops do want to be better, cops do want to win, and cops do keep score. And thanks to the detail cops in Boston, today’s score is 2-0.

Stories like this help to keep the detail system alive in Massachusetts. A system that puts hundreds more police officers on the street every day. No matter how Patrick tries to spin it, detail officers save lives, protect civilians, and protect cops.


By O’Ryan Johnson

Within about an hour yesterday morning, Boston cops working details in the South End chased down one man running down Shawmut Avenue with a handgun and another suspected of robbing a woman at knifepoint.

“The officers in both cases did a tremendous job,” said Boston police Superintendent William Evans. “Thanks to their good work we got a violent felon in custody.”

At 9 a.m., a driver told a cop at Tremont Street and Massachusetts Avenue that in a traffic dispute, a driver next to him pulled out a gun and shouted, “Don’t be stupid!”

Police radioed a description of the car to other officers and a second detail cop stopped the car. While the officer questioned the driver, the car took off, but was spotted by a third detail officer stopped near Shawmut Avenue and Northampton Street. After several witness shouted “He has a gun,” Evans said, cops caught up to him and recovered the firearm. Kayim McPhie, 21, of Boston was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.

Earlier, on Tremont and Worcester streets, a woman was robbed at knifepoint. A cop working nearby nabbed a suspect. Police said they recovered several of the woman’s personal papers, and a knife.

About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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One Response to Detail officers catch man with a gun and charge another with robbing a woman at knifepoint

  1. ellen slattery says:

    Can flagmen do this?

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