Lowell Police Officer PJ Johnson laid to rest

Lowell Police Officer PJ Johnson was laid to rest today in a moving ceremony witnessed by an estimated 2000 mourners.

Police Officers from around the state, Federal Agents, Deputy Sheriffs, Marines and cops  from as far away as Cumberland County Maine, Connecticut State Police, and New Hampshire police met today to pay their respects to two families, the Johnsons and the  law enforcement community.

It is always an impressive sight, from the line of motor cycles and cruisers, to the bagpipers and marching officers, but what impressed me most were the numerous civilians and other members of the community lining the route from the church to the cemetery. Tow truck drivers holding flags, civilians stuck in traffic standing outside their cars with their hands over their hearts, homeowners along the route outside with children paying respects.

It is unfortunate that life is so busy that often the only time we get together is when something tragic happens. But hopefully, it gives  us all some comfort to see the outpouring of support from the law enforcement community when tragedy does strike.

Please click on the following link for a nice story about Officer Johnson through the eyes of his brother and sister officers.


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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