The members of the Cape and Islands legislative delegation have sent a request to the Chairs of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security to convene an oversight hearing in the coming weeks to scrutinize and identify lapses in the criminal justice system that led to the killing of three police officers in the state, the most recent being Yarmouth K9 Sargent Sean Gannon.
State Senators Julian Cyr and Vinny deMacedo, along with State Representatives Tim Whelan, Will Crocker, Sarah Peake, Randy Hunt, David Viera, and Dylan Fernandes have requested that they all be part of the hearing along with Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe, Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson, and many others.
The letter states, in part, that the individual charged with the murder of Sgt. Gannon has an extensive criminal record and his seeming ability to dodge proper punishment for his crimes has made the tragic event even more difficult for Sgt. Gannon’s loved ones, the Yarmouth Police Department, and the close-knit Cape Cod community.
The letter adds “...now that we have laid Sgt. Gannon to rest, we seek to turn our region’s grief towards action.”