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Federal judge bars ICE from courthouse arrests
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Federal judge bars ICE from courthouse arrests
A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction barring officers of Immigration and Customs Enforcement from civilly arresting people who are attending court in courthouses across the state, a decision which will free up access to the courts for undocumented immigrants.
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Lawyers sue police department for data on hiring, race
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Lawyers sue police department for data on hiring, race
The group Lawyers for Civil Rights filed a lawsuit against the Boston Police Department last week calling for the release of records on hiring, promotion, discipline and termination of applicants and employees of color in the department.
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Opinion
Central Park 5 highlights wrongful conviction epidemic
The Central Park 5 case has been a textbook case for the one thing that has consistently and horribly disfigured America’s criminal justice system.
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Editorial
An opportunity for leadership
The governor has more than enough political capital to consider an effort to set a high standard for the Massachusetts State Police as well as encourage police departments in major cities to reform practices that violate the national commitment to democracy.
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Local News
Rollins, rights groups sue ICE
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins and Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan joined a federal lawsuit Monday that would bar Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from arresting people in and around Massachusetts courthouses for civil immigration violations.
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Group: end BPD Muslim surveillance
Earlier this month, the Muslim Justice League sent a letter to Boston Police Department Commissioner William Gross, requesting that he “recall its officers from participation in” the Youth and Policing Initiative Plus, a program funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security in 2017.
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Rollins rolls out policy changes
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Rollins rolls out policy changes
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins officially released a policy memo Monday that includes action on her campaign promise to decline to prosecute 15 minor crimes.
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Blacks, Latinos face disproportionate motor vehicle stops
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Blacks, Latinos face disproportionate motor vehicle stops
A recent report on national policing data has shown what many people already suspected: across the country, black and Latino people are stopped much more often by police than white people are.
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A double standard for Ron Sullivan
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Editorial
A double standard for Ron Sullivan
Americans have the right to a legal defense when they are charged with a crime. The defendant may engage a lawyer of his choice, or accept a lawyer provided by the jurisdiction if the accused is unable to afford one. This right is so fundamental, it is shocking that Harvard University would question Professor Ronald Sullivan’s willingness to represent Harvey Weinstein in a rape case brought against him.
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Council to probe ICE, Boston police
City Councilor Josh Zakim has called for a hearing on the Boston Police Department’s involvement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement following the 2017 arrest by ICE of an immigrant worker in Boston.
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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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