Boston Police Suspend Sergeant & Leader Of Group Opposing Vaccine Mandate

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Before the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for city workers goes into effect on January 15, the Boston Police Department has suspended Sergeant Shana Cottone, the leader of the group opposing said mandate.

Cottone told WBZ's Karyn Regal that she knew her suspension was coming, "On Saturday morning I was served a notice stating that I was placed on administrative leave," Cottone said. The notice detailed that her suspension was not disciplinary action but was necessary for the efficient running of the Boston Police Department.

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Acting as the President of Boston First Responders United, Cottone marched to the State House with some police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians in opposition of the incoming vaccine mandate, which will not include a testing alternative.

The Boston Police Department said they cannot comment on an open and active investigation. Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said there is an ongoing internal affairs investigation pending, but that she does not have any information at this time.

WBZ's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports.

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