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‘Ride for Black Lives’ takes it to the streets
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Local News
‘Ride for Black Lives’ takes it to the streets
A crowd of more than 600 cyclists participated in the Ride for Black Lives, taking over city streets as they made their way from Franklin Park to the Boston Common.
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A short court visit can net cops an overtime windfall
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Local News
A short court visit can net cops an overtime windfall
Amid renewed scrutiny of the BPD’s $60 million overtime budget, some criminal defense attorneys are speaking out about court overtime abuses they have witnessed, including the delivery of documents and evidence that could have been safely emailed, saving time and thousands of taxpayer dollars.
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Opinion
Cops, do your duty: intervene
The blue code of silence makes it possible for bad cops and bad administrators to get away and keep getting away with abusive acts.
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The time is ripe for change
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Editorial
The time is ripe for change
George Floyd’s brutal death brought together a multi-racial cadre of visionaries. With continued collaboration we can achieve the desired social change.
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Opinion
Black officers hurt when our community hurts
The killing of George Floyd, and the many other reported incidents of people of color dying or being killed because of the actions of police officers or vigilantes has left us hurting, emotionally drained and dismayed.
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City councilors question police dept. funding
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Local News
City councilors question police dept. funding
Nationwide demands to defund local police departments have reached Boston. On June 10, the Boston City Council will decide whether or not to approve the $414 million allocated to Boston Police Department (BPD) for the upcoming fiscal year.
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Opinion
Asian American activists in solidarity with black community
In light of the recent murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, and the numerous murders of black people by a white supremacist system, the Asian Pacific Islander Civic Action Network of Massachusetts (APIs CAN!) stands firmly with the black communities of this country.
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Senators seek end to qualified immunity
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Senators seek end to qualified immunity
In response to nationwide protests sparked by George Floyd’s murder, U.S. Sens. Ed Markey, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have introduced a resolution abolishing qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that shields officers from certain lawsuits. Markey advocated for the resolution during a June 3 press conference and called for the end of centuries of police violence against communities of color.
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Black, Latino officials call for police reforms
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Black, Latino officials call for police reforms
Members of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, along with U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, gathered on the steps of the State House June 2 to advocate for police reform in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.
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The pursuit of one’s rights is justified
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Editorial
The pursuit of one’s rights is justified
Those who are angered by Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem would have to conclude that the extensive pattern of police assaults against unarmed black men do not justify such protest.
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Opinion
The tormenting questions about the slaying of Botham Jean
Dallas police chief Renee Hall looked perplexed at her news conference, fielding questions about the slaying of Botham Jean in his own apartment by then unnamed and unidentified Dallas police officer. That was the first problem. Just who was the cop who killed Jean?
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Inexplicable animus
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Editorial
Inexplicable animus
A peculiarity about America’s racial conflict is that there seems to be no objective reason for it. Blacks have never established any territorial claims, and blacks have not engaged in violent encounters to establish primacy over whites. It appears then, that the nation’s racial conflict has been triggered by nothing more serious than blacks’ apparently offending complexion.
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