Killing of Police Officer Renews Calls for Death Penalty

BOSTON (AP) — The killing of Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon has some Republicans calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty for the murder of law enforcement officers.

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Republican Party sent out a message on Twitter reaffirming the party’s backing of capital punishment for criminals who kill police. An aide to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says he also supports the death penalty for those who kill officers.

But there appears to be little appetite in the Democrat-controlled Legislature to debate the penalty again.

Democratic Senate President Harriette Chandler says she is personally opposed to the death penalty and doesn’t foresee the state reinstating capital punishment.

Gannon was fatally shot in the head while serving an arrest warrant last Thursday. His funeral was Wednesday.

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