John Barros today called for disclosure of all BPD internal-affairs investigations of Boston cops over the past 30 years, and now, not after he's elected.
The fact that Patrick Rose stayed on the force for more than two decades after an internal affairs investigation found that he abused a 12-year-old child raises serious concerns that there is a systemic accountability problem in the Boston Police Department.
Today's Earth Day and Michelle Wu, who has called for a Boston-specific Green New Deal, called on BPS to replace its current fleet of 700 buses to electric models by 2030. She says school buses consume roughly 60% of all the diesel fuel used by Boston municipal vehicles.
Roughly 24,000 Boston students are transported to and from school on 3,100 bus trips every day, and about half of these buses still run on diesel fuel -- and pollution on those buses has been measured at 5-10X higher than in other nearby areas, causing outsize impacts on childrens’ learning, development and health. Not only do pollutants from diesel fuel cause asthma and other respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer - linked to higher mortality from COVID-19 - but there is also evidence to suggest the diesel directly impacts childrens’ English and math scores. Boston’s Black, Latinx and AAPI residents are disproportionately exposed to particulate matter pollution from cars, trucks, and buses.
JP Progressives, Mijente and Right to the City VOTE Boston are sponsoring an online forum for District 6 (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) candidates Kendra Hicks, Kelly Ransom and Mary Tamer at 7 p.m. on April 28. Free registration required.
The Scope interviews Trevour Smith, running for the District 4 (Dorchester, Mattapan, Roslindale) seat that Andrea Campbell is giving up.
In District 7 (Roxbury), Marisa Coleman Luse is collecting signatures to run for the seat Kim Janey is giving up.