WBUR reports that after first playing the neither confirm nor deny game, ICE in Boston today acknowledged that it was three of its agents who stopped Bena Apreala, a lifelong Boston resident, as he jogged on VFW Parkway.
They did so only after US Rep. Ayanna Pressley demanded an investigation:
For too long, ICE and CBP have acted with impunity—emboldened by a xenophobic Administration and the Occupant of this White House.
We will not stand by and watch them intimidate, harass and racially profile our Black and Brown communities in Boston or anywhere in the country.
One of the two vehicles from which the three ICE agents jumped on the parkway was the same sort of dark-gray Dodge SUV from which ICE agents released a man in Lynn over the weekend after neighbors and activists surrounded the vehicle.
At-large City Councilor Michael Flaherty, a former assistant district attorney, says:
ICE does not get to stop someone w/o just cause and a warrant in Boston or anywhere. This stop was unlawful, outrageous & inexcusable. I am committed to working w/ partners in gov't & community to ensure this is acknowledged & never happens again.