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By adamg - 5/14/21 - 4:31 pm

Acting Mayor Kim Janey said today it's time to move past the cloud over Dennis White and name a different person as commissioner, but that she can't because White has sued to block her decision to un-appoint him. Read more.

By adamg - 5/14/21 - 2:20 pm

Karyn Regal at WBZ Newsradio reports Janey will make it official at a 4 p.m. press conference.

By adamg - 5/4/21 - 8:49 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court judge today effectively threw out the illegal-gun charge that was the last remaining charge against Sean Ellis for the shooting death of BPD Det. John Mulligan in a Roslindale parking lot in 1993. Read more.

By adamg - 4/28/21 - 1:19 pm

The City Council voted 7-5 today for a measure that would require police to warn crowds they're about to unleash "non-lethal" weapons and to give people in the crowds a chance to disperse first. Read more.

By adamg - 4/22/21 - 9:48 pm

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. Read more.

By adamg - 4/21/21 - 11:26 am

The Globe reports former Police Commissioner Paul Evans says the limited Patrick Rose documents released by City Hall yesterday do not tell the full story of what happened after Rose was accused of child molestation in 1995, that he did everything he could to get rid of Rose, but there was only so much he could do when the alleged victim, 12 at the time, declined to go forward with the criminal case and that Acting Mayor Kim Janey should be ashamed of herself for suggesting he somehow abetted Rose's continuing at BPD.

By adamg - 4/20/21 - 4:06 pm

The city law department today released a copy of the file about a 1995 child sexual-assault charge against Patrolman Patrick Rose, who later became head of the police union before retiring and being charged in court last year on charges of raping several children - allegedly including the daughter of one of his initial victims. Read more.

By adamg - 4/15/21 - 5:37 pm
Boston Police headquarters being surrounded by fencing

Jane Kokernak spotted BPD headquarters surrounded by fencing this afternoon, following the release of video of a Chicago seventh-grader getting shot in the chest after apparently complying with a police demand to drop a gun and raise his hands.

By adamg - 4/13/21 - 2:06 pm

Acting Mayor Kim Janey said today that the city law department should release an edited version of the Boston Police Department's internal-affairs file on former police-union president Patrick Rose by the end of the week - which she said would only be the first step in changing how the department handles criminal investigations into officers, to ensure somebody like him never again serves as a Boston cop. Read more.

By adamg - 4/13/21 - 12:48 pm
Current look of the city police data portal

The current look of the Analyze Boston police data portal.

Boston Police have started looking at building a Web site that would let the public see data from arrests and other incidents in a variety of ways, including on maps.

But first, BPD Supt. James Hasson and city CIO David Elges said today, the city hopes to restore a long-standing data set of the information on the city's Analyze Boston public data portal. Read more.

By adamg - 3/25/21 - 3:11 pm

Live Boston reports the office of Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins is now looking into the origin of a screenshotted fake Tweet that purported to be from her and that she was looking into alleged "violent" treatment of a naked guy in Downtown Crossing by Boston Police. Rollins's office says she never tweeted that.

By adamg - 3/19/21 - 9:50 pm
Johnson in 2019

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office announced the arrest of Boston Police Sgt. Det. Andrew L. Johnson in West Roxbury today for a Jan. 23 incident in Woodstock, NH, in which he was "found to be in possession of the controlled drugs methamphetamine and amphetamine." Read more.

By adamg - 3/17/21 - 2:45 pm

WGBH reports that Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins will move for a new trial for Sean Ellis, once charged with murdering a BPD detective asleep on a detail and that if her request is granted, she will then move to drop the sole remaining charge against him - for illegal possession of a firearm. Read more.

By adamg - 3/12/21 - 11:18 am

Boston Police superintendents said today that they expect to spend roughly $63 million in overtime for the fiscal year that ends June 30 - less than the department spent last year, but $15 million more than the budget approved by the council. Read more.

By adamg - 3/11/21 - 10:36 am

Call up the BPD crime database for 2021 today and the first 43 items consist of one row about some lost property on New Sudbury Street followed by 42 more rows that just duplicate the first item. Read more.

By adamg - 3/11/21 - 9:42 am

Committee on Public Safety & Criminal Justice on March 9, 2021

CommonWealth Magazine provides an overview of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center's gang database. Key question: Does it actually help reduce crime or wind up hurting people who may not be gang members?

By adamg - 2/16/21 - 10:10 pm

City Councilor and mayoral candidate Annissa Essaibi-George said tonight that the head of the police union is out of line claiming the council doesn't care about cops' safety after an allegedly angry guy threw a metal pole through a lobby window at the South End police station and then jumped through the new hole and attacked an officer on Saturday night. Read more.

By adamg - 2/14/21 - 10:10 pm
Smashed window at D-4 police station

Photo by Live Boston.

Live Boston reports that around 7 p.m. on Saturday, a man walked into the D-4 police station on Harrison Avenue in the South End with a pole, which he used to smash the window separating him from the officer working the desk and then dove through the window and attacked her. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/21 - 7:50 pm

WBUR reports Boston will pay for a review of just what happened between Dennis White and his wife back in 1999, quotes the soon-to-be-former hizzonah as saying his vetting "admittedly should have been more thorough."

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