Former Cop, Veteran Has Firearms Confiscated for Alleged ‘Threat’ Against School

Tisbury Police Chief Mark Salioi confiscated the man’s firearms after an alleged conversation at a diner. (Photo: Tisbury Police Department)

Stephen Nichols wasn’t convicted of a crime. No judge signed a “red flag” order. There wasn’t even a hearing. Nichols’ constitutional rights were stripped and his firearms confiscated after an out-of-context comment was overheard by a waitress at a local diner.

Tisbury, Ma., Police Chief Mark Saloio seized the 84-year-old’s firearms—and fired him from his job as a crossing guard—after receiving a tip from a diner employee. The waitress had heard Nichols complain that the Tisbury School resource officer had been “leaving his post” and visiting a nearby convenience store while the children were filing into class.

In that conversation, Nichols told a friend that someone could “shoot up the school” in that officer’s absence.

That’s all it took.

Chief Saloio fired Nichols from his job as a crossing guard while Nichols was helping kids cross the street and told him that what he said was a “felony.”

“He came up and told me what I said was a felony but he wasn’t going to charge me,” Nichols told the MV Times

Saloio later drove to Nichols’ house and demanded that he hand over his license to own firearms. The police chief confiscated the man’s firearms, which were subsequently turned over to Nichols’ son-in-law. Nichols says he never received any paperwork or receipts for his confiscated license or firearms.  

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He clarified the comments he made in an interview with the MV Times.

“When I was in the United States Army, and it wasn’t just me, it’s anybody who’s in the United States service, if you are on guard duty for eight hours, you didn’t leave that position,” Nichols said. “And I’m just so accustomed to that, that when I see someone who’s suppose to be protecting kids…leave the school unguarded — if you’re on guard duty, you stay there.”

Those who heard Nichols’ comments and who know him say the idea that he would threaten to harm children is patently false.

The diner’s owner, Marc Hanover, called the situation “absolutely outrageous.” He said he believes one of his servers “overreacted.”

The man who was speaking with Nichols, Andy Marcus, also described the situation as “absurd.” Marcus told the MV Times that Nichols did not threaten the school but was worrying that the resource officer was leaving the children potentially exposed.

The police department and local government have refused to comment on the situation, and requests for the police report have been stonewalled.

“There’s nothing that I can legally discuss about the matter. Period,” Chief Saloio told the MV Times.

Town administrator Jay Grande confirmed that Nichols had been removed as a crossing guard but wouldn’t comment further.

“In response to your inquiry, I want to acknowledge that a crossing guard was removed from active status pending a review of personnel related concerns,” he wrote. “I will not have any further comment on this matter.”

Nichols has retained a lawyer but appears unconvinced that he’ll be successful in restoring his Second Amendment rights.

“My grandson is manager of a gun shop in Worcester, Mass and he’s going to be allowed to come down and take the weapons and sell them for me,” he told the MV Times. 

Nichols served as a Tisbury police officer for six decades and in the United States Army during the Korean War. He’s also been licensed to own firearms since 1958 and has never committed any firearms violations.

More importantly, he wants his community to know that he would never threaten kids.

“I would never, ever, ever, harm a child,” he said. 

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Update (10/17/19): Nichols has been reinstated as a crossing guard, according to the MV Times. The newspaper reported that the story garnered “never before seen” activity on the paper’s webpages, and Chief Saloio noted the “outpouring of support” in his statement to the paper:

“The town, collectively, has expressed an outpouring of concern about Mr. Nichols, and his employment as a school crossing guard. We as well share those concerns. We wish to make you aware that today, Mr. Nichols was informed that he may return to his crossing guard duties tomorrow morning,” Saloio wrote in an email to The Times. “This return to work was always pending upon a final review that was in process. Throughout this period, Mr. Nichols has retained his position as a crossing guard for the town. However, these reviews are thorough and complete, and neither immediate nor instantaneous.”

There is no word on whether Nichols will have his firearms and license returned.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Mr. Sparkles May 18, 2020, 11:58 am

    Chief Saloio Is a gutless, mean spirited autocratic drone.

    A man would have done his duty and not only made sure his job was re-instated but would have made sure to apologize for the violation of his rights and spent less time and words covering his cowardly backside with explanations that come across as excuses.

    Shame on him.

  • David Thomas October 20, 2019, 3:54 pm

    Tisbury, Mass. population 4,000 people, the man who’s firearms were seized was a former police officer for 6 decades in Tisbury this story seems to be that “someone has an ax to grind in Tisbury, Mass. and the whole story is not coming out, I believe the current Cheif of Police in Tisbury has some explaining to do.

  • John A Boutwell October 19, 2019, 2:14 pm

    There are many of these asshat cop in every city in America!

    • Jay Clark October 21, 2019, 1:32 pm

      Cops are like Cowboys. They have the hats but under the hats there are no principles. And while that statement is fairly precise, I feel compelled to add: sometimes there is nothing at all under those hats!

  • Andrew October 18, 2019, 11:18 pm

    This is the type of garbage that would go on in Communist Russia. Someone doesn’t like a comment that you make & off to abusive, over reaching, overly sensitive idiots with power & you get trampled on by the government. And in states like MA, MD, CA, NY, IL they keep voting for these fascists.

    Give these leftists an inch & they will take 10 miles. There is no compromising with them. There is nothing reasonable about them.

    I have left 2 states already because of this type of politics. The tipping point is coming. Hopefully 4 more years of Trump will make them all lose their sht & go move to Canada or the Middle East were they can all go cozy up with the mooslems that they feel are so special.

    • Jay Clark October 21, 2019, 3:23 pm

      Andrew: We have a bicameral mind which divides everything up into opposites, Left/Right, up/down, good/bad, etc. It’s conceptions are therefore finite and not absolute. And by definition each Party has only a part-ial perspective. And, the part is not the whole. Never forget that!
      With this in mind I want to say two things:
      1) it is a mistake to think that one side is totally right and the other completely wrong. Parties are composed of people who are bigoted, shallow, and given to identification politics and from that the age old self righteousness that is utterly unsupportable!

      2) for convenience sake it is perhaps a good idea to refer to those on the Left as tending toward Socialism/Communism, and those on the Right tending towards Fascism. One or the other may agree with your favorite positions, but at the top both parties are utterly corrupt and operating from motives that are never mentioned publicly! This means that in a crisis some Republicans will side with the Gun Grabbers! Trump, for example, is already leaning in that direction with his verbal support for “Red Flag Laws, eh? And never forget that both parties habitually sign on for three things: A) any war that comes along, B) taxing the people into poverty, and C) raises and sweet retirement packages for themselves!
      Oh, and try to get an appointment with anyone in Congress. None of them are your representatives, none! I once conducted a 10 year experiment trying to get Arizona Republicans to give me our own son-of Cain, John McCain’s home phone number. I actually met two who had it–one perhaps doesn’t count because he was family. Neither would give me the number!

      • JT October 21, 2019, 5:21 pm

        Fascism as practiced during the 20th century was a creature of the left, not the right. You continue to spread a leftist lie when you associate fascism with conservatives on the right. The two most prominent fascist movements of the 20th century were in Germany and Italy and both were of the left, National Socialism in Germany and a combination of socialism and nationalism in Italy that Mussolini referred to as fascism. In fact both Hitler and Mussolini were both members of the socialist parties in their countries before shifting to their own creations, which were hybrids of socialism and nationalism, which became to be known as fascism or fascist. The leftists have long tried to hide the leftist roots of fascism by claiming, without historical basis, that fascism was of the right. Don\’t fall for that lie and don\’t spread it around.On your central point that elitists from both parties seek nothing but control over the people and will do
        anything to facilitate that control, including trampling on the Constitution and current laws, you are absolutely correct.

      • JT October 21, 2019, 5:27 pm

        Check this link out to see the real history on the leftist roots of fascism:https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/history-of-left-wing-fascism

  • Fred October 18, 2019, 11:18 pm

    Red flag laws are such BS! I can’t believe we’ve let this great country get to this point. If the waitress was worried about his conversation she could have asked what he said. Act interested even if she wasn’t. When you only half listen story’s change drastically! Not taking up for the resource officer; because I don’t know his job. I work at a school with a resource officer. He has to leave to go to other schools in our district. He also went to pick up a student who missed the bus. He goes with teachers that have to do at home visits. Hopefully he wasn’t just skipping out. We don’t need anymore Parkland resource officers!

  • Robert Messmer October 18, 2019, 10:15 pm

    The really weird part wasn’t mentioned in this article. Remember where it says the police informed him he was fired while he was actually performing his job? “Chief Saloio fired Nichols from his job as a crossing guard while Nichols was helping kids cross the street and told him that what he said was a “felony.” According to another article they were not just relaying a message. In that town the POLICE hire, train, and schedule the crossing guards. I realize that crossing guard is not a real sensitive position but I would hope that ANYONE hired by the police is vetted.

  • Stanley A Sines October 18, 2019, 8:45 pm

    Hey, hey, hey! Stop calling the POS “Chief” Barney Fife. That’s insulting to Mr. Fife.

    Chief should be fired and criminally charged for failure to make an arrest if what the crossing guard did was a felony and he says he’s not going to charge him. I was a LEO 30+ years and that’s what would have happened to me in that situation. Arresting a felon is not optional.

    This so called chief is nothing more than a leftists political hack that has no business with a badge, gun and arrest powers.

    But in a commie state like MA I’m not surprised.

  • Russ October 18, 2019, 8:20 pm

    After reading how shooters in some instances have records an arms length long with wrongful actions, not just words, this is a real travesty of justice. The waitress should have been questioned as well as the crossing guard before any action was taken. The police Chief should be stripped of his rank for such a poor decision. How can the people of that city trust his future decisions. Common sense alone would tell a person that he did not come even close to fitting the profile of a shooter. I haven’t heard of any dangerous criminals with a background matching his. I don’t think much of lawsuits but I think some form of additional public service for the Chief would be ideal for correcting an attitude that is hurting law enforcement officers already.

  • Leonard Stephen Feinman October 18, 2019, 7:31 pm

    There I was, having a long-distance girlfriend who was a Federal Agent in another state. So, I was flying out to see her with checked firearms in my luggage. When the airline “tagged” my bag for having a firearm, I began to have doubts. When I finally arrived in Tucson, my luggage and guns were lost.
    We hung out at lost baggage until they told me to go to a hotel, and when my bag arrived, it would be sent to my hotel. I was angry that they made me declare there was a gun or two in my bags, but I understood. I also realized that the “tag” they put on my bag said, “steal me.’ I reacted with a bad comment.
    I said to the clerk, “If you were to know that there was a bomb in my bags, you would find it fast.” OMG! I never said there was a bomb. I never made that remark as a threat, yet I was told I could go to prison just for mentioning the word “bomb.”
    So, yes, I can see why a nosey woman needs to learn the difference between a threat an easy observation. In this case, the waitress should be sued for libel. Anybody can say somebody made a threat, but proper follow-up should include verification that an actual threat was made “in her OPINION.”

  • Bernardo October 18, 2019, 3:45 pm

    The police chief should have investigated the comment in detail before acting like a Nazi Storm Trooper. Perhaps it is he that should be removed for violation the mans’ 2nd amendment rights. Perhaps litigation should be taken against the waitress, the police chief, the school district, and the city government.

  • Fr October 18, 2019, 3:33 pm

    It’s started….you haven’t seen anything yet.. the left knows you have to be crazy to own a gun.

    • Ray October 19, 2019, 10:41 am

      Let’s add elder abuse to this absurd use of power.

    • FRANK FRABBIELE October 19, 2019, 3:26 pm

      Thats right! And I hope they never forget it!

  • shawn October 18, 2019, 3:17 pm

    First, that police chief looks like f-n homo. Second he`ll never be the man that Mr.Nicols is. What a sham.

  • Budd October 18, 2019, 3:10 pm

    The “snitch-rat” restaurant sever, is probably blowing the resource officer and police chief in tandem, in the backseat of a police cruiser in the restaurant parking lot. She needs to rip and fall on her way out of work.

    • Budd October 18, 2019, 3:17 pm

      the word is TRIP, not rip… I love when these print outs conveniently leave out letters and words.

  • Shan October 18, 2019, 2:43 pm

    What is this license talk? I wasn’t aware you needed a license to own a firearm. A CCW maybe? I don’t understand what license they are mentioning.

    • Robert Messmer October 18, 2019, 10:02 pm

      Depends on the jurisdiction. Here in Illinois you have to have a FOID card [Fireams Owners ID] to even purchase ammo much less a gun. Then is takes yet another license to be allowed to carry the gun. Also here there is no state pre-emption so counties, cities, villages can impose their very own unconstitutional laws. I have a friend who is an NRA certified instructor [which the state recognizes] and a CCW holder but there are some towns he can not enter.

    • Ray Stone October 18, 2019, 10:08 pm

      It’s Massivetwoshits, they have outrageous unconstitutional gun laws like NY & CA. I believe in MA you need to get a license to own a firearm.

    • Beachhawk October 19, 2019, 1:15 am

      This community is in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts, where you have to have a license to sneeze and then you pay a snot tax. It’s kinda like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and California.

    • Ted October 19, 2019, 9:26 am

      DID you see Massachusetts ? You need a permit to pass wind up there !

  • matt October 18, 2019, 2:14 pm

    When are you folks going to move out of these Democrat Socialist run states? Or find some way to vote them out of office? But don’t move to the red states and go back to voting Democrat.

    Upcoming example. Mitch McConnell is up for reelection this cycle in the state of Kentucky. This man, who talks big and acts big in an election year, is one of the biggest friends the Democrats ever had to strip Americans of their Constitutional rights. He wouldn’t fight, except in an election year, to defend the people and their rights. But you watch, the ignorant people of Kentucky will vote him right back in again.

  • mach37 October 18, 2019, 2:07 pm

    Police Chief Saloio is the “security officer” who should be fired, and Nichols restored to his job, with reparations for false confiscation of his weapons and loss of his job. Police officers may have ‘powers of authority’ but Saloio certainly overstepped HIS authority.

  • Samuel Stephens October 18, 2019, 2:00 pm

    The police chief needs to be fired for blatant stupidity also the resource officer needs firing for abandoning his position during school hours. The crossing guard needs his 2nd Amendment rights restored and compensation for the smear campaign launched the so called witness and police department and a public apology.

  • David October 18, 2019, 1:45 pm

    Barney Fife cop thinks he is a 2 star general, what a jerk.

    • Edgar October 20, 2019, 10:40 am

      The best thing is that Mr Nichols did was that he retained his attorney! The best way to correct what happened is to hold the Police and School accountable for what they did. Certainly the Police violated their own policy or they had no policy. They failed to verify the comments, they failed to give Nichols any warrant or receipt for his firearms and it was the police dept’s actions that directly led tho Nichols dismissal from his job. His stress and suffering cannot be measured. I hope his attorney makes them pay dearly !

  • RICK October 18, 2019, 1:30 pm

    THIS is the problem with red flag laws. They’re too easily abused.

  • Mr. Sparkles October 18, 2019, 1:19 pm

    The chief is the kind of idiot that would pose for a picture in front of a framed sheet from some state training class with his name Mia-spelled. Can you say duh!

    • Mr. Sparkles October 18, 2019, 1:21 pm

      Either that or it is mis-spelled in the story.

  • James Valierion October 18, 2019, 12:56 pm

    So this is a gun grabbing chief, hu I say we start rounding guys like him up and putting them in concentration camps, along with Beto the peddo.
    I hope the restaurant owner fires that waitress, all Mr. Nichols did was give a tactical analysis of the situation of a very real threat trying to protect this dumb wench’s kids. He didn’t do anything wrong, plus as a School resource officer its kind of his job! No seriously go to NYC on New years eve and the police have a whole division that is dedicated to setting up security for time square!
    At least we know that someone was trying to make their job better and actually ” Think of the Children” than this waitress. Id say i hope she dosen’t have kids, but ten bucks says she probably has 5 of them who all go to the same school that this guy protects. So for Mr. Nichols thank you very much. I probably don’t live in your state but thank you. As for the other three nut jobs, so the waitress, The Chief and Beto, no thanks as well as ducks, ( drop the “D” and ,that’s not what she said, add an “f” on the front of it) are given!

  • Don October 18, 2019, 12:41 pm

    I would hope that the writer Mr. Michaels follows up on this story. 1. I Would like to know who the waitress was reported this and since the other party in the conversation said there was no threat did that waitress have consequences? 2. Would like to know if the resource officer was investigated for leaving the campus/post and 3. If and When Mr. Nichols gets his guns back.

    I know that when an officer in our department confiscated guns and the court said the person was not a danger the subject would have to get a lawyer and spend a bunch of bucks to get them back. The department never got sued just made it so difficult that most gave up and the department destroyed them or more likely some bigwig in the department got them. But that was in The Peoples Republic of Kalifornia

  • John Rogers October 18, 2019, 12:25 pm

    If they take it to court, they have a chance of winning, since the chief did not follow the state laws concerning license revocation, and firearm confiscation. Of course, they’ll have to find a sympathetic judge. Good luck.

    This is the kind of shit that happens when your state makes you ask your local police for permission to own a firearm.

  • Brian October 18, 2019, 12:09 pm

    Looks to me like Pops just hit the Mass. lottery! How many of this man’s Constitutional right were violated? A whole bunch! The communist gun-grabbing leftist police chief needs to be FIRED immediately and be forced to pay some if not all of the compensation that this veteran and retired LEO of 60 years will receive if he hires the right lawyer. Despite what the GD Democratic politicians and their political hack lackey’s like this wanna-be cop in Mass. think, the US Constitution is still in effect there!

  • williampenn October 18, 2019, 11:44 am

    In a situation like this, DO NOT give up your firearm. Make them get a search warrant. With probably cause like that, a search warrant won’t be issued. I’d be embarrassed to present that affidavit to a judge.

    • williampenn October 18, 2019, 11:47 am

      *probable

    • Ted October 19, 2019, 9:35 am

      The problem is that they come in under color of law , and if you “resist” , you are the bad guy when push comes to shove. legally, you would think that they need a warrant, but in cases of firearm permits in “may issue ” states, they have the “right ” to rescind or revoke for any reason as a “condition” of your license.
      Remember, you are dealing with the Peoples Republic or Massachusetts .

  • Robert Sikes October 18, 2019, 11:28 am

    This sounds like Nazi Germany or Stalin’ s Russia. Be careful what you say or the not so secret police will be at your door. What’s next summary executions in the street

  • Michael Keim October 18, 2019, 11:18 am

    His lawyer needs to file a shitload of lawsuits. And to all you internet heroes that say it was his fault I say “FUCK OFF”. Last time I checked freedom of speech was a Constitutional right. He didn’t threaten anyone. A bunch of asshole overreacted and trampled his rights.

  • Christopher Chason October 18, 2019, 11:05 am

    Have too keep your’ mouth shut in Amerika now! Any complaint from a Snowflake can get you “lynched”! You have no REAL “Rights” anymore, except the Right to do as the Powers Say. Keep your’ head down and your’ mouth shut, and you might stay out of jail!

  • Michael J October 18, 2019, 10:49 am

    People say stupid things all the time, we are now conditioned to react first and ask questions later.

    No longer can we afford the luxury of speaking ones mind when there are so many who will interpret your comments incorrectly or out of context.

    For some inexplicable reason schools and those who run them can do anything they please when it comes to ignoring due process.

    We must choose our words wisely because it’s true “Anything you say can and will be used against you” but not necessarily in a court of law.

  • perlcat October 18, 2019, 10:44 am

    This is what happens when you let idiots run your government.

  • Jimmy Moses October 18, 2019, 10:25 am

    Sounds to me that one of the chiefs officer got caught not doing his job and this was done in retaliation. Like Mr. Nichol I am a veteran and you don’t leave your post till relived or end of shift. So, was the officer suspended or anything ? All sounds like BS to me.

  • John S Stagg October 18, 2019, 10:22 am

    It looks to me like the police have turned themselves into a linchmob! salioi is a bully and should resign. He is a disgrace to the police force! The truth is they were making an example out of that poor old man and hoping they could get away with it. It’s time that Nichols finds a lawyer!

  • Tim Foster October 18, 2019, 10:12 am

    The old Vet has a golden opportunity to “cash in” on this racist ‘s absurd action. Even in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts the Constitution is still in force. Time to publicly remind this thug Cop.

    • Brian October 18, 2019, 12:15 pm

      He’s a political hack wanna-be cop…This gentleman he attempted to fire from his position and steal his firearms from has more time as a REAL officer than this rotten leftist bastard has even been alive!

  • Tim Foster October 18, 2019, 10:11 am

    The old Vet has a golden opportunity to “cash in” on this racist ‘s absurd action. Even in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts the Constitution is still in force. Time to publicly remind this thug Cop.

  • ANDREW ROBERT DAWSON October 18, 2019, 9:57 am

    Sorry, but this is Mr. Nichols’ fault. Granted, the douche cop took advantage of Mr. Nichols’ age, but your freedoms are only yours if you are willing to defend them. If some cop came up to me and said that some speech of mine rose to the level of a felony, he wasn’t going to charge me but was taking away my “license’ to own a firearm and confiscating my guns, I’d just say no. Force the jackass to arrest you and fight it in court. I’m sure there’s a process for revoking a firearms license….force them to follow it or do not comply. Do not turn over your property unless there is a court order. Insist on receipts and take pictures. Read the story: no ‘Red Flag’ law was invoked.

    Look, I’m as ‘Law and Order’ as they come, but complying with an illegal order from a police officer is not ‘law and order’, it’s tyranny.

    • Stravo Lukos October 18, 2019, 11:53 am

      Andrew, that’d get you shot in WA state. When the man w/ the shield & piece says to halt, you halt. You can have your say in court. On the street, you’re meat.

  • Neal R Miller October 18, 2019, 9:47 am

    I hope that the NRA comes down hard on this gun grabbing left wing Gestapo cop,
    this is the same way that the Commie dems are coming after Donald Trump, lets just make up a lie.
    Mark Salioi took this mans guns because he was critical of the school resource officer, not manning his post?
    was that the reason, he ratted out a cop? Shame on you Mark Salioi, you are an un- american,
    anti-constitutional hack for the Socialist Commies that are trying to destroy AMERICA and take away our FREEDOM.

  • Mr. Sparkles October 18, 2019, 9:37 am

    Sounds like Chief Saloio had to do some back peddling. Good to hear that the public helped protect this veterans rights even if the chief forgot to.

  • Jim October 18, 2019, 9:35 am

    I’m retired military also. Mr Nichols “what if” type of discussion with his friend are common among military personnel.
    It was common to have discussions like “if I were going to attack these defenses, what would I do?” Then on to theory’s of how would I defend against those attacks.
    Military personnel never train for best case scenarios so these types of debates are more academic than actual threats.
    Gross over reaction by the police and ,based on the limited information from the article, definitely overstepping their authority but given the history of psychopaths shooting up everything in sight lately I suppose it’s somewhat understandable to err on the side of caution however this shows a basic flaw in red flag laws by stomping all over a law abiding citizens rights without due process or a clear path to restore said rights.

  • Bruce M Barrett October 18, 2019, 9:19 am

    facism at it’s finest. crush the 2nd amendment and throw in the 1st, as the left then want to shred the constitution. we are at the end state

  • Alan Robinson October 18, 2019, 9:16 am

    What “red flag”??? He simply stated a possible scenario, that was supposed to be prevented by that person of position, who would not then be in position to stop something as the position was supposed to do.
    The waitress is obviously an unreliable source of much of any real info.
    He said/she said is just dumb as it gets, and those who react to it without their investigation are stupid.

  • Alan October 18, 2019, 9:14 am

    Being a retired LEO I’ve seen department heads, notice I didn’t call this clown a chief. He has no right to hold a position in LE if he cannot use common sense. The people of Tisbury should seriously start looking for someone else to lead the department.
    He has no idea how to investigate a complaint, and he should of been looking at what his SRO was doing.

    • ~ Occams October 18, 2019, 10:27 am

      He was catering to the Majority. He knows which side his bread is buttered on, so he did what his majority of voters wanted; Hate guns, and seize them at any opportunity, so I’m sure the large majority now feels ‘safer’ by his actions, thus ensuring his position.

    • CharlieKing1 October 18, 2019, 12:51 pm

      I’m a retired LEO; it’s been my practice to question both the person who heard the alleged threat and the person alleged to have made the threat. From my readings of this story appearing here and other sources, none of that was done. It’s a gross violation of the crossing guard’s civil rights and the chief’s lack of basic common sense. I agree with the other retired LEO on this thread, the Tisbury folks should look for another leader of their police department. Is this what’s in store for Americans if we continue with our snitch society and so called ‘red flag’ laws? We are on the slippery slope if we continue down this path. I hope Mr. Nichols gets his firearms back and finds a good attorney who’ll sue the chief and the department for violating his civil rights.

  • alej October 18, 2019, 9:14 am

    Yankees have attitudes incompatible with the Constitution.

    • Rozziebo October 18, 2019, 8:01 pm

      Not this yankee, you rusty penny kisser. There, I exercised my 1st Amendment rights.

    • Rozziebo October 20, 2019, 7:55 am

      Yankees wrote the constitution. You need a history lesson, dumbbell.

  • Guinn Burks October 18, 2019, 9:10 am

    A couple of questions…..Does this state have red flag laws in place? If so, why didn’t they have a judge’s order to remove his weapons per the red flag law? Is their CCL tied to the Chief of Police in that state? If, not, who gave the chief the authority to revoke said license? This sounds to me like the “Barney Fife” chief took matters into his own hands with NO authority to do so! Be prepared to Rise and Defend our rights soon because you can see where this country is headed.

  • Dennis Casey October 18, 2019, 8:54 am

    If this story is completely true, it is a prime example of the dangers with the Red Flag laws. When you have a not so funny Barney Fife law enforcement officer that fails to actually investigate but chooses to be judge and jury and make a rush to judgment without actually knowing the facts or apparently not caring for what ever reason you end up with the accused person being convicted in Barneys eyes. When in reality all he was doing was saying that when the resource officer left the school he opened the school up to danger. If someone wanted to cause a problem at the school all they had to do was watch for the right opportunity and when the resource officer walked away there the opportunity arose. Very poor excuse for a police officer.

  • Jim Stafford October 18, 2019, 8:50 am

    Welcome to the New Socialist America.

  • Rock October 18, 2019, 8:40 am

    That “chief” Salioi looks like a gender bender. That person belongs in SanFrancisco.

  • Mark Anderson October 18, 2019, 8:40 am

    What diner? We should know where not to go.

    • PB- dave October 18, 2019, 4:54 pm

      It’s the diner the cops eat at…. the waitress was giving the chief a heads-up that the school cop was screwing-off, and the chief took this action to cover his dept. Portray an old fart as a nut-case and squelch the rumors fast…… He didn’t count on the parents and grandparents to know different and to speak out.

  • Clint W. October 18, 2019, 8:36 am

    Instead of using Orwell’s book ‘1984’ as a guide of what not to do, millennials, left wing radicals, and Democrats as using it as a guide book. We already have ‘Newspeak in the form of PC, Red Flag laws are the next step. If this country does not wake up real soon, all is lost.

  • roy d vandersloot October 18, 2019, 8:35 am

    I’m sure the ACLU will be all over this

    • William Baldwin October 18, 2019, 10:13 am

      NOT!!!!

    • perlcat October 18, 2019, 10:32 am

      You gotta stop saying things like that, I was drinking milk and it came out my nose.

  • joefoam October 18, 2019, 8:29 am

    And this POS cop still has a job and the waitress hasn’t been run out of town on a rail? Red flag laws, what could possibly go wrong?

  • Andrew October 18, 2019, 8:22 am

    I have a feeling that this story is skewed. I don’t rightly know which way, but it seems to be skewed.
    If the Red Flag law was the basis for this poor man’s plight, I am against it. That’s for sure.
    The job of the police is to enforce the law and that requires going by the books. If they overstep the
    laws, they are no longer in bounds and will be treated just like the rest of us.
    Mr. Nichols, as old as he is, has the right stuff when it comes to responsibilities. I am not so sure about
    the police chief. Maybe the chief feels he is THE LAW. No one is above the law. Not even the chief.

  • john colacchio October 18, 2019, 8:07 am

    Police chief go bang your boyfriend Chuck the smuck shoemer

  • J Franks October 18, 2019, 8:00 am

    I have said it before and I’ll say it again: We need a civil war now. This police chief and the diner employee need an appointment with the guillotine.

  • Clyde October 18, 2019, 7:55 am

    Chris~ Check out the new gun control laws signed into existence by California Gov. Newsome! Yes, they can simply come take them.

    But the thing is, for a false accusation against someone who was then stripped of their 2A rights, there was supposed to be a severe penalty in order to prevent this sort of action! As you can see, “they” stripped the repercussion for making such a false claim.

    BEWARE the “Red Flag Laws”!!!!!!!!!

  • Joe blow October 18, 2019, 7:48 am

    Police chief protecting his as as resource officer needs firing. Pos chief obviously corrupt and needs firing. What about your constitutional oath????
    2nd amendment. Give back his possessions.
    Massachusetts pos liberal criminal state so fkd up.
    Nothing to see here

    • Michael Ewry October 18, 2019, 9:25 am

      Amen brother! The police chief and the resource officer are the bad guys here. The waitress sounds like a snowflake.

  • Clyde October 18, 2019, 7:42 am

    How did Saloio become Chief? He writes like a middle school student. The last statement is ambiguous and beneath the office…. Unless it was designed to be so. Maybe that community had few applicants? Maybe Saloio is related to the AWOL guard? Or to the big-nose waitress?

    Why would anyone live in China…er… Massachusetts? (The weather is horrible!)

    Citizens: You better stand up! You are on the cusp of losing all your liberties.

  • AK October 18, 2019, 7:42 am

    Sue….sue…sue……

  • Paul October 18, 2019, 7:09 am

    It’s really unbelievable that a police chief would ignore legal process and proceed with an action , (on hearsay evidence no less) which clearly violates a citizens constitutional rights. I believe that the police chief needs to be adjudicated, and perhaps held liable for the real damages he caused this man who appears to have done nothing wrong. This country is losing its backbone due to a pervasiveness of “leftist progressive ideology” which has no business being given any credence, since it’s aim is to subvert our form of government.

    • PatrioTom October 18, 2019, 10:43 am

      Paul, you are absolutely correct! I couldn’t have stated this any cleared myself.

  • Blasted Cap October 18, 2019, 7:07 am

    Mr. Nichols, you crossed the thin blue line. You exposed the wrongs of another officer, and now the Police Chief is making you pay the price.

  • Robert Frasconi October 18, 2019, 7:05 am

    See, President Trump, why due process of law does matter?

  • Bob Hardy October 18, 2019, 7:03 am

    That is right they won’t because enough people will not stand up and say no more. All it takes for evil to thrive is for the good not to stand up. Look how the leftist treat people in the N.E. now and they are armed just imagine what life would be like once they have you disarmed. Gun control is not about guns it is about CONTROL.

  • Chief October 18, 2019, 7:03 am

    Police Chief is a POS and should absolutely be removed.

  • Mark October 18, 2019, 7:03 am

    If he is reinstated as a crossing guard then he should get his guns back correct? If he didn’t do anything to get fired you can’t remove his firearms.
    Also how come there was no hearing at all. The police can’t just say oh give me your guns and I’m removing your permit and gun rights. This is scary like nazi Germany scary.

  • Kenneth Hill October 18, 2019, 6:49 am

    Stay home , talk to no one !

  • Dr Motown October 18, 2019, 6:47 am

    Meanwhile, back at the donut shop, the SRO is stuffing his face and the “concerned chief” says nothing

  • Jay October 18, 2019, 6:44 am

    This is the PC world that the chiacom democraps want all over America, if we don’t stand up and fight tyranny you will become their victim!

  • Jason Coffey October 18, 2019, 6:42 am

    I would encourage people to flood this Commie Leftist Chief’s offices and the NRA should hire the best lawyers in the Nation to fix this situation! The damn loser who should’ve been fired was the officer who left his post and left children exposed to go get the Chief donuts!😡

  • Ashley Fletcher October 18, 2019, 6:24 am

    Wow! I’m glad that this poor man didn’t complain about the police chief, too!!! The little Hitler police chief probably would have had him hanged from a street light!!! This is the problem with red flag laws! It’s way too easy to for little tyrants to abuse their power! Not that this idiot had any law to back up his actions! I’m sure that the libtarded liberal media, will not broadcast anything about this story.

  • Thomas Davis October 18, 2019, 6:20 am

    Note to effed-up d-bag egomaniac police chiefs…..before violating civil rights confiscating guns and posing for pictures, get your snagle tooth smile fixed at ClearChoice one-day dental implants, and for God’s-sake cut it out with the shoe-polish on your gray hair…you aren’t fooling anyone

  • DOC October 18, 2019, 5:56 am

    What was the reason his firearms were taken? For going to a diner for a coffee? Either there is more to this story or the Chief was wrong and action should be taken against him and the department.

    • tim October 18, 2019, 8:52 am

      You never know how a caffeine rush will effect the elderly. Good work chief, I salute you.

  • Whathappenedto mycountry October 18, 2019, 5:43 am

    It’s just sad. That the nazi Massachusetts police will follow the directions of those vile liberal politicians. By going against our constitution which they are sworn to uphold they commit treason. They should be in jail. But the “law” in MA isn’t for the people. It is for the gov’t to rule the people. It’s almost funny that 244 years ago people in Massachusetts started a war to end that exact type of tyranny. Looks like they are about to do it again.

  • James Wright October 18, 2019, 5:32 am

    I think that the police chief over reacted and should be removed immediately, also the gentlemen should have his weapons returned to him immediately.
    Also any and all expenses should be paid for by the city and also he should have his gun ownership restored. This is still America

  • N Howard October 18, 2019, 5:02 am

    The Officer who confiscated this man’s license and firearms should be punished. The man had comitted no offense what so ever and he should receive a public appology and be highly compensated by the Police Department. Shame on the offending Officer and the Department.

  • Dave October 18, 2019, 4:14 am

    This sickens me as well. It’s crazy to see many of America’s original 13 states ignore Constitutional Amendments.
    Secondly, why would you need a permit to own a weapon? It is a god given right instilled by our Forefathers.
    Shame on you chief.
    I will stay in Montana where Americans are allowed to be free!
    Great Article and great writing by the way Mr. Michaels!

    • JD October 18, 2019, 9:38 am

      Dave,
      Montana has a DemonicRat governor and US Senator. Not only are you not nearly as free as you think, but you\’re helping contribute to the deterioration of people\’s freedom nationwide.

      • Rob October 24, 2019, 2:59 pm

        How exactly did Dave contribute to the deterioration of people’s freedom nationwide?

  • Rangemaster11B October 18, 2019, 3:40 am

    The Chief seems to be covering up for the SRO who left his post, at the expense of Nichols, who called it out publicly. Broward County ring a bell?

    • JMichael270 October 18, 2019, 5:16 am

      Exactly!

    • Robert Frasconi October 18, 2019, 7:10 am

      See, President Trump, why due process of law does matter?

      • Richard Craft October 18, 2019, 7:57 am

        See, Beto O’Rourke, why due process of law does matter?……. if you can repeat your inane comment I can repeat my response to it. Troll.

  • Joe October 18, 2019, 3:13 am

    Liberals are trashing our Constitution and destroying everything good under the sun. Thank God I have no children.

  • David October 18, 2019, 2:51 am

    That police chief absolutely should be removed from his post. The problem isn’t the loons claiming the sky is falling, the problem lies in those with authority and power who will listen to the loons…

  • David October 18, 2019, 2:46 am

    I don’t care about firing the waitress– stupid people will always overreact– but that police chief absolutely should be removed from his post. The problem isn’t the loons claiming the sky is falling, the problem lies in those with authority and power who will listen to the loons…

  • SeppW October 17, 2019, 6:48 pm

    This is just the start. Without due process and severe consequences for accusers making false statements, this stuff will get out of control quick.

  • Chris October 17, 2019, 2:11 pm

    This makes me sick , that someone can just “say something” with no proof, no crime committed and your job, constitutional rights and legally owned property can be taken from you in a blink of an eye. That waitress should be fired and so should that Chief of Police. This is absurd that all it takes is someone’s incorrect, second hand statement and all he was doing was talking about the safety of the children. These people should be ashamed and he should have his right and property restored as we as be reimbursed for his time, energy and lawyer fees. The waitress and the chief of police should pay for it, but sadly they won’t.

    • Clyde October 18, 2019, 8:00 am

      Chris~ Check out the new gun control laws signed into existence by California Gov. Newsome! Yes, they can simply come take them.

      But the thing is, for a false accusation against someone who was then stripped of their 2A rights, there was supposed to be a severe penalty in order to prevent this sort of action! As you can see, “they” stripped the repercussion for making such a false claim.

      BEWARE the “Red Flag Laws”!!!!!!!!!

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