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By adamg - 7/21/20 - 9:21 am

WBUR reviews body-camera video with defense attorneys of BPD action in the Methadone Mile during last summer's Operation Clean Sweep following the attack on a jail guard there.

By adamg - 7/13/20 - 11:45 pm
Yawu Miller

Update: Miller reports he was stopped outside the courthouse by cops who had never heard of his newspaper and because they thought he was photographing the nearby B-2 police station.

Yawu Miller, senior editor at the Bay State Banner, which covers Boston's black community, reports he was stopped and frisked at Roxbury District Court today: Read more.

By adamg - 6/29/20 - 4:15 pm

City Council President Kim Janey is expressing outrage that several of her colleagues had their houses vandalized in an apparent protest over the police budget. Read more.

By adamg - 6/24/20 - 5:01 pm
Bok and Campbell

Differing opinions: Bok and Campbell.

The Boston City Council voted 8-5 today to approve Mayor Walsh's spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1, with the main issue being whether to make even more drastic changes in the police budget than the $12-million shift out of the police overtime account proposed by the mayor. Read more.

By adamg - 6/21/20 - 3:18 pm
Protest outside the mayor's house

Protesters outside the mayor's house. Photo by Live Boston.

Cicia Lee reports on a protest outside Marty Walsh's Lower Mills home at 6 this morning by people who want to defund Boston Police. Read more.

By adamg - 6/18/20 - 8:59 pm
Barr and Gross

Look who showed up on Tremont Street in Roxbury today. The Justice Department posted this photo of Attorney General William Barr and BPD Commissioner William Gross, both grinning, which you can easily tell because neither is wearing a mask, which Gross, at least, had been so good at doing up until now, unlike Barr, who won't don a mask even if might mean getting a whiff of the tear gas he's just ordered police to fire at peaceful protesters. Read more.

By adamg - 6/17/20 - 1:57 pm

Bill Walczak writes that true reform will mean changing the way BPD hires new officers.

By adamg - 6/12/20 - 11:31 am

COVID-19 Media Availability 6/12/20

Mayor Walsh today declared racism a public-health crisis in Boston and announced he is shifting $3 million from the Boston Police overtime fund to public-health efforts - and that he will also the City Council to approve another $9 million shift from police overtime to efforts aimed at ending racial disparities in Boston. Read more.

By adamg - 6/12/20 - 9:34 am

WBZ reports.

By adamg - 6/10/20 - 11:47 am

COVID-19 Media Availability 6/10/20

Mayor Walsh said this morning that tax losses due to the Covid-19 shutdown could mean a budget hole of between $65 million and $80 million for the city budget in the fiscal year that begins in just three weeks. Read more.

By adamg - 6/8/20 - 2:35 pm

The City Council's agenda for its regularly scheduled Wednesday meeting includes a number of items that could lead to changes in the way the Boston Police Department operates. Read more.

By adamg - 6/3/20 - 5:22 pm

The Boston Police Patrolmen's Association yesterday charged Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins called all police officers murderers in her comments after Sunday night's rampages. Rollins shot back that the union statement is proof of white fragility. Read more.

By adamg - 6/2/20 - 11:21 am

A federal judge ruled yesterday that a Brighton couple can continue their suit against the city over the way a BPD drug unit with a no-knock warrant smashed into their apartment with a battering ram at 4:30 a.m., and kept them handcuffed and lying on the floor in front of their young children for 20 minutes until the officers realized they had the wrong apartment. Read more.

By adamg - 5/31/20 - 5:19 pm
Boston clergy in silent vigil outside police HQ for same number of minutes as George Floyd suffered

Boston clergy stood or kneeled in silence today outside Boston Police headquarters for nine minutes - the same amount of time a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on George Floyd's neck, killing him. Photo by MiMu.

By adamg - 5/30/20 - 6:36 pm

Boston Police report arresting seven people - five from out of town - on various charges outside the District D-4 police station yesterday afternoon, and say four officers were injured, one badly enough to require hospitalization. Read more.

By adamg - 5/28/20 - 11:30 am

BPD Commissioner William Gross this morning: Read more.

By adamg - 4/16/20 - 12:43 pm

Sean Ryan was among the people who watched a procession of BPD vehicles escort the body of Officer Jose Fontanez from Boston Medical Center to the Mann and Rodgers Funeral Home on Perkins Street in Jamaica Plain today. The procession went past the District E-13 station at Washington and Green streets, where Fontanez had worked since 1996. Fontanez, 53, died from Covid-19 earlierr this week, the first Boston officer to succumb to the virus. Read more.

By adamg - 4/14/20 - 3:43 pm

Mayor Walsh and Police Commissioner William Gross today announced the death of Police Officer Jose Fontanez, 53, of Covid-19.

Read more.

By adamg - 4/12/20 - 10:17 am

Capt. John Greland of District E-13 in Jamaica Plain is usually pretty active on Twitter. Yesterday, he explained why his feed fell silent a couple weeks ago: Read more.

By adamg - 4/11/20 - 12:01 pm

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Boston police officers did nothing wrong when they walked through an open door into a boisterous party at East 6th and O streets on St. Patrick's Day in 2013 in response to a noise complaint - and wound up arresting several partygoers after a shoving match broke out. Read more.

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