Jennifer Davis and her husband, John Davis, were facing a nightmare of an expecting couple. Jennifer’s contractions had dropped from five minutes to just three minutes apart and they were stuck in the legendary Boston traffic. John pulled into the breakdown lane and pulled up behind Trooper Michael Galluccio to ask whether they could continue using the lane to reach the next exit. Galluccio not only said no, but he made them wait for him to complete a ticket and even asked Jennifer to show him what was under his shirt to prove it was a baby.
During this unbelievable encounter with Galluccio, Jennifer recounts: “He said, ‘What’s under your jacket?’ I said, ‘My belly,’ He waited and gestured with his head like, ‘OK, let’s see it.’ He waited for me to unzip my jacket. I mean, it was so clear that I was pregnant.”
Notably, previously two other (sane) troopers waved them along in the highway breakdown lane, allowing them to evade gridlock while advising them to be cautious and keep their hazard lights on.
When asked about this outrage, State Police spokesman David Procopio simply noted that state law prohibits driving in breakdown lanes on Route 2. Now, there is an expression of concern. Procopio added “The trooper made a judgment call to enforce the law governing the use of the breakdown lane. If the couple does choose to submit a letter of complaint, we’ll review it in accordance with our procedure.” Nice.
Fortunately, the mother and baby are now fine. The question is what to do with Galluccio While Procopio would also be better in some other job (like parking cars in the police impoundment lot), Galluccio should not be allowed to continue as an officer is that facts are established. My fear is that a deal will be worked out where Galluccio is given retraining and a reprimand. In an emergency of this kind, both the lives of the mother and baby could have been lost. The Department should not have to wait for death or serious bodily injury to recognize someone who lacks the judgment or humanity to wear the badge.
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