Boston police ask for fairness, respect in bid over body cameras

A Boston Police officer wearing a body camera.
A Boston Police officer wearing a body camera.JESSICA RINALDI/GLOBE STAFF/FILE 2016

Re “Boston Police don’t need extra pay for body cams” (June 11): After begrudgingly acknowledging that Boston patrolmen have “done a laudable job,” your editorial goes on to reach conclusions that are inconsistent with the facts.

First, wearing a camera at work to record your performance on the job is a big deal and imposes new duties on police officers.

In addition, no other workers have to wear cameras (maybe Globe staff should try it and see if it affects their working conditions).

Further, citizen complaints and reports of use of force have been going down since before body cameras, and the trend has continued without them.


Finally, pay increases in return for wearing cameras are common and justified: New York City police received a 2.25 percent wage increase, Methuen officers received a $3,000 stipend, and Springfield police received a 4 percent wage increase.

Martin Walsh, the so-called labor mayor, should acknowledge his hypocritical positions. He stood tall for the striking Stop & Shop workers — as he should have — because they are “vital to our economy,” but he ignores the needs of his own employees, who provide public safety that is also vital to our economy in the city of Boston.

Boston patrol officers are only asking to be treated with fairness and respect.

Mike Leary


Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association