Mass. State Trooper Under Investigation For Racist Forum Posts

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A Massachusetts state trooper, who was already on leave amid an investigation into why he fired his weapon at a man during a police chase, is now facing more scrutiny.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Trooper Matthew Sheehan has a history of racist and violent language online, including posts that support police officers who shoot suspects.

The story prompted a strong reaction from Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday.

"If those posts were issued by someone who's a member of the state police, they are clearly a violation, and he or she should be fired," said Baker.


Evan Allen, Boston Globe reporter. She tweets @evanmallen.

This segment aired on March 1, 2018.

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