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A year that transformed policing in Massachusetts
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A year that transformed policing in Massachusetts
For decades black elected officials and community activists sought reforms to Massachusetts police departments they said discriminated against Black and Latino people by engaging in racial profiling, acts of police brutality and violations of public trust. For decades legislative leaders, mayors and others in positions of power blocked or opposed even incremental reforms.
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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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A turning point for policing in America
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A turning point for policing in America
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts likes to be the national leader of social change. Just setting police standards would be a breakthrough.
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Lawmakers agree on police reform legislation
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Lawmakers agree on police reform legislation
House and Senate members approved a criminal justice reform bill that will create a statewide commission empowered to set standards for the certification of police in Massachusetts investigate allegations of misconduct and decertify officers who have engaged in serious misconduct.
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‘Trial 4’ documentary highlights plight of the wrongfully convicted
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‘Trial 4’ documentary highlights plight of the wrongfully convicted
Boston has seen a series of exonerations, vacated cases and dropped prosecutions over the last several years as attorneys and advocates sort through flawed police and prosecutorial work from decades past to free the wrongly convicted.
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SJC ruling clears way for police abuse suits
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial court last week issued three landmark decisions that fight race-based policing and make it easier for victims of racial profiling to prove their cases in court.
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Police Task Force holds first listening sessions
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Police Task Force holds first listening sessions
In two public listening sessions, Boston residents questioned the Boston Police Task Force about body cameras and implicit bias training.
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Gun control: the next social change movement
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Gun control: the next social change movement
It should be clear to everyone that the prevalent availability of guns in America makes it impossible to disarm the police.
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Black, Latino caucus members cite victories in House police reform bill
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Black, Latino caucus members cite victories in House police reform bill
The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed their version of a police reform bill early Saturday morning by a 93-66 vote, after three days of debate, marked by mounting concerns over qualified immunity, no-knock warrants and internal investigations.
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House advances criminal justice reform bill
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House advances criminal justice reform bill
Just a week after the Senate passed a controversial police reform bill, House legislators have presented their own version, with a few differences.
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Councilors call for civilian review board
City Councilors Andrea Campbell, Julia Mejia and Ricardo Arroyo have proposed the city form an independent civilian review board to investigate complaints against the Boston Police Department, and regularly publish data on its work.
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Misappropriated resources
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Misappropriated resources
It is difficult for Black youth to hold the highest respect for the police who continue to scam the public treasury.
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