Mayor Marty Walsh Remains Confident In Boston Police Department’s Ability As Officer Dies From Covid-19 And 53 Others On Leave
Boston police officer Jose Fontanez, 53, has died from complications with the coronavirus, according to the Boston Police Department.
Fontanez, a Boston officer since 1991, was the first member of the department to die from the virus. Sixty-seven Boston officers have tested positive for the coronavirus and 53 are currently out on sick leave because of it, said Boston Police Commissioner William Gross at a press conference Tuesday. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh told Jim Braude on WGBH News' Greater Boston that he is not yet worried that the spread of COVID-19 within the department will affect public safety.
“We still have a lot of officers that have come back to work that have passed the protocol,” Walsh said.
NYT Contributor Linda Greenhouse Discusses The Supreme Court's Ruling On The Wisconsin Primary
Former Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse recently wrote a scathing critique in the New York Times of that body’s ruling against an extended deadline for absentee voting for Wisconsin residents in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
“What is ordinary about the way we’re living?” she asked Jim Braude rhetorically on Greater Boston Tuesday. “What’s ordinary about … the way the court is functioning? What’s ordinary about having to be in fear of your life if you go to the polling place to stand in a crowded line to cast a ballot?”