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Hair test has city fighting legal battles on two fronts
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Hair test has city fighting legal battles on two fronts
In 1999 the city began contracting with a hair-testing firm to determine whether Boston Police Department officers were using drugs. Twenty years later, the city is entangled in two sets of lawsuits: one is with black officers who say the hair test is discriminatory and the other with the Acton-based Psychemedics Corporation, the firm that to this day administers the tests on the city’s behalf.
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Rollins: Panel to investigate police shooting
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Rollins: Panel to investigate police shooting
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins has appointed an independent panel to oversee her office’s investigation into the Feb. 22 Boston police shooting of Kasim Kahrim. Rollins’ appointment of the four-person panel marks the first time a Boston police shooting will be investigated by a panel independent of the police or district attorney’s office. Rollins pledged to conduct independent investigations of police-involved shootings while campaigning for office last year.
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ACLU seeks information on Boston Police Department’s ICE task force
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ACLU seeks information on Boston Police Department’s ICE task force
A 2017 arrest has prompted the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts to look into the Boston Police Department to determine the extent to which officers are working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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City clings to controversial hair test despite evidence of racial bias
A group of minority police officers are suing the Boston Police Department over a drug testing program which has long been called both unreliable and discriminatory.
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Police changes confront new commissioner
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Police changes confront new commissioner
Mayor Marty Walsh’s appointment of William Gross as Boston’s police commissioner was well received by those residents who are eager for racial diversity in the city administration. However, it is good to remember that change often brings conflict. There are presently a number of changes confronting Boston’s police force.
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