YARMOUTH, Mass. — A petition sparked by the death of Yarmouth police Officer Sean Gannon now has more than 20,000 signatures.
The Yarmouth Police Department created and shared the petitions saying judges need to be held accountable for releasing violent offenders while they are awaiting their court dates.
The man accused of shooting and killing Gannon is Thomas Latanowich. He has more than 100 prior convictions or pending criminal charges on his record at the time of the shooting.
Latanowich was ordered held without bail at his arraignment on Friday. His next court date is scheduled for June 26.
The petition calling for tougher sentencing for violent criminals is very personal to the Auburn Police Department. Nearly two years ago, Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. was shot and killed by a man with a lengthy criminal history.
Auburn Police sent Boston 25 News the following statement:
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