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Mayor, white councilors get majority of police officers’ political donations
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Mayor, white councilors get majority of police officers’ political donations
Boston Police officers have contributed more than $1 million to Boston elected officials over the last 10 years, with the lion’s share of the dollars — $456,548 — going to Mayor Martin Walsh, according to an analysis released by the political organizing group Mijente and ACLU of Massachusetts this week.
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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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FIOed: some in Boston face weekly police stops
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FIOed: some in Boston face weekly police stops
Like many young black men in Boston, Derrell “Slim” Weathers can’t tell you how many times he’s been stopped, questioned, frisked or searched by police. It started, he says, when he was 12 and has kept up into his 30s as often as five times a week.
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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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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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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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Baker should set higher standards for police professionalism
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Editorial
Baker should set higher standards for police professionalism
Every legislative session, politicians discuss and debate proposed changes to the many policies that govern the nation’s institutions. Taxes, health insurance, education, criminal justice, child care, Social Security adjustments and farm benefits are some of the issues often on the agenda. Notoriously absent, however, is any real discussion on altering the culture of the municipal or state police.
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Editorial
Donald Callender beat the cheaters fair and square
In Boston, and undoubtedly elsewhere, blacks have been hampered from joining the police force. Even today there are only a few black members of the state police. It was not until the 1950s that Samuel M. Range became the first black trooper and he remained until retirement. At Range’s recent funeral, he was honored for his service in breaking down racial barriers.
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Local News
City councilors probe BPD surveillance activities
The City Council last week pressed Boston Police brass on their surveillance of Boston residents.
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Continued white resistance to civil rights advances
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Editorial
Continued white resistance to civil rights advances
A Harvard Harris survey in Aug. 2017 found that 57 percent of respondents are unfavorable to the Black Lives Matter movement. Similarly in a CNN poll in Sept. 2017, 59 percent of whites are against the professional football players taking a knee to protest police violence.
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