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Editorial
A long road toward police reform
Blacks should expect the battle for police reform to continue across the country.
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“... the more they stay the same.”
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Editorial
“... the more they stay the same.”
Little has changed in policing in the year since the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
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Mayoral candidates face an electorate that’s moving to the left
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Local News
Mayoral candidates face an electorate that’s moving to the left
Of the six lead candidates running for mayor, none backs a fully elected school committee, only one supports rent control.
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Opinion
Why there’s still no George Floyd police bill
Police unions have been wildly successful in watering down, if not outright killing, many police reform measures in state legislatures, even in the most liberal, Democratic-controlled states.
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Opinion
One year later, the George Floyds continue to mount up
Cops are sending a deadly message that Chauvin will in no way change things. Their message: Police will continue to police in mostly minority communities the same way, up to and including the use of force.
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Councilors struggle to rein in police overtime
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Local News
Councilors struggle to rein in police overtime
Police overtime has increased despite there being fewer court sessions, fewer public festivals and parades and other traditional drivers of overtime. City councilors who are trying to find answers for why the police budget continues to rise have found few answers.
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Opinion
A Chauvin conviction still won’t prove the system works
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin got his day in court. He was able to put on a plausible defense that George’s Floyd’s death did not come at his hands (or knee) but because of Floyd’s prior severe medical conditions.
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Opinion
Tough slog getting George Floyd police bill into law
It took months and months, and many tries, for the House to finally get passage of the much-shelved George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Now the real slog to get the bill into law begins.
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Local News
Council probes police reform questions
Last week the City Council held a hearing to probe how the state reforms to policing would be implemented at the local level. Missing were representatives of the Boston Police Department and Baker administration officials.
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Councilors refile tear gas regulation ordinance
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Local News
Councilors refile tear gas regulation ordinance
Last summer’s legislative agenda yielded an expansive police reform bill at the state level and a slight reduction in police funding in the city of Boston. Since then, moves to reduce police violence have hit a roadblock. City Councilors Andrea Campbell and Ricardo Arroyo refiled an ordinance limiting the use of crowd control weapons, after police did not support it and Mayor Martin Walsh did not sign it.
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A year that transformed policing in Massachusetts
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Local News
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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Walsh reflects on year of challenges and changes
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Local News
Walsh reflects on year of challenges and changes
In a Banner interview, Mayor Marty Walsh reflected on Boston’s pandemic response, the city’s current police reform and education issues, and his own future options.
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