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Evandro Carvalho named new police oversight chief
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Local News
Evandro Carvalho named new police oversight chief
Boston’s police oversight office will have its second executive director in its three years of operations as Mayor Michelle Wu appointed Evandro Carvalho to head the bureau that reviews allegations of police misconduct.
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City’s apology to Bennett, Swanson families long overdue, leaders say
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City’s apology to Bennett, Swanson families long overdue, leaders say
Members of Boston’s Black community saw the city’s formal apology to two Black men wrongly linked to the 1989 murder of Carol DiMaiti Stuart as just one step toward repairing long-standing harms.
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The Black press and the Stuart case
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Editorial
The Black press and the Stuart case
This week, the Boston Globe and HBO premiered a series on one of the most notorious crimes in Boston history: The October 1989 murder of Carol DiMaiti Stuart by her husband Charles, who allegedly covered up his actions by shooting himself and claiming a fictitious Black man did it.
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Boston firefighters, police officers test skills in cook-off to benefit Get Lit program
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Local News
Boston firefighters, police officers test skills in cook-off to benefit Get Lit program
Members of the Boston Fire Department came out on top when they went head-to-head in a cook-off against Boston police officers this month to raise awareness about educational challenges following the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Local News
No resolution for hair test plaintiffs
Soon after the Boston Police Department began in 1999 to use an annual hair test to determine whether officers had used drugs, members of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers began noticing a troubling trend: A disproportionate number of Black cops were testing positive for cocaine.
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Cops missing information on surveillance
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Local News
Cops missing information on surveillance
Last year, the Boston City Council passed a sweeping law aimed at reining in surveillance practices by the Boston Police Department and other city agencies.
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Pioneering Black police officer William ‘Billy’ Celester, 78
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Local News
Pioneering Black police officer William ‘Billy’ Celester, 78
Former Boston police Superintendent William ‘Billy’ Celester died Monday at age 78.
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Court ruling seen as blow to Boston police gang database
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News
Court ruling seen as blow to Boston police gang database
Justices of the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled in favor of a Salvadoran immigrant’s petition to review a deportation order, finding in favor of his argument that a Boston Police Department gang database determination falsely identified him as a member of the MS-13 gang.
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Council reins in police surveillance
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Politics
Council reins in police surveillance
After years of activism by civil rights groups, the Boston City Council passed an ordinance unanimously last week that increases transparency on police use of surveillance technology.
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Local News
Essaibi George gets majority of cop donations
As candidates approach the finish line, financial support from police officers has been far higher on behalf of at-large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George.
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Youth activists demand cut to police budget
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Local News
Youth activists demand cut to police budget
On Saturday, June 26, activists from the Youth Justice and Power Union gathered at City Hall to demand a $120 million cut from the police budget and a cancellation of the new class of 250 police officers.
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Local News
Council again passes crowd control ordinance
City Councilors Ricardo Arroyo and Andrea Campbell successfully passed for the second time an ordinance on limiting police crowd control weapons, a reform that acting Mayor Janey voted “yes” on while she was still in her seat as Council president.
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