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Activists question handling of allegations against White
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Activists question handling of allegations against White
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Dennis White take reins at BPD as Gross retires
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Dennis White take reins at BPD as Gross retires
Boston Police Department Chief of Staff Dennis White is next up for police commissioner after William Gross announced his retirement last Thursday. The first Black police commissioner in Boston will be followed by another Black man with a long history in the profession. White previously assumed Gross’ spot as chief of staff when Gross was appointed commissioner in 2018.
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City again appeals ruling against police exam
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City again appeals ruling against police exam
After U.S. District Court Judge William Young ruled the tests discriminatory in 2015, the city appealed, only to see the ruling upheld in 2017. Last week, attorneys for the city filed another appeal, a move that promises to extend the legal ordeal for a group of 10 Black officers, only three of whom now remain on the force.
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Walsh reflects on year of challenges and changes
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Walsh reflects on year of challenges and changes
In a Banner interview, Mayor Marty Walsh reflected on Boston’s pandemic response, the city’s current police reform and education issues, and his own future options.
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Councilors vote in favor of police reforms
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Councilors vote in favor of police reforms
The Boston City Council has voted to move two police reforms to the mayor’s desk and one to the State House, results of work done in response to Boston’s racial reckoning this year.
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Police brutality in bodycam videos
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Police brutality in bodycam videos
Body camera footage that was taken the night of a May 31 anti-police violence rally in Boston and released to the public last week shows police officers liberally spraying nonviolent demonstrators with pepper spray and indiscriminately striking protesters with batons in attacks that appear unprovoked.
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Council wrestles with Civilian Review proposals
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Council wrestles with Civilian Review proposals
City Councilors and the mayor’s police reform task force met to discuss their versions of a civilian review board, with the power to investigate the Boston Police Department and publish data on their findings.
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Council seeks curbs on cop contracts
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Council seeks curbs on cop contracts
City councilors drilled down the contracts police unions have inked with city officials during a working session last week as part of an ongoing effort to rein in overtime costs and bring more transparency and accountability into the department.
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Mayor signs order for civilian review board
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Mayor signs order for civilian review board
Mayor Martin Walsh has signed two executive orders in the next step of implementing recommended police reforms. Boston Police Reform Task Force Walsh created in July recommended that he institute an Office of Police Accountability and Transparency, which would house an Internal Affairs Oversight Panel and a Civilian Review Board with the power to investigate the Boston Police Department.
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Councilors to examine gang database
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Councilors to examine gang database
City councilors Andrea Campbell and Ricardo Arroyo are looking into the effectiveness of the Boston Police Department’s Gang Database, which holds 160 gangs and over 5,000 individual names, according to data provided to the ACLU in 2019.
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Walsh seeks change to police hiring
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Walsh seeks change to police hiring
As the first action on the Boston Police Reform Task Force’s recent recommendations, Mayor Martin Walsh is moving to expand diversity in the Boston Police Department.
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Walsh commits to implementing police reforms
A month after the mayor’s police reform task force released its initial recommendations, Mayor Martin Walsh has committed to implementing the reforms in the coming weeks.
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