The two mayoral candidates joined a minority police organization today to criticize the lack of minority and women commanders in the Boston Police Department, but stopped short of saying they would not reappoint Commissioner Ed Davis.
Ross said that while he is dissatisfied enough with Davis's performance on diversity that he would not commit now to reappointing Davis - as several other candidates have said they would - he would still be willing to talk to Davis about reappointment if he were elected mayor.
Yancey said he would launch a nationwide search to find a new police commissioner, but that he would be more than willing to consider Davis if he chose to apply.
The Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers voted last night to seek Davis's ouster, saying he continues to show bias towards white officers in promotions - even when there are minority officers with comparable civil-service scores - and that his immediate demotion of the black detective in the case of the guy charged with Amy Lord's murder without due process was inexcusable.
Both Ross and Yancey spoke at a press conference at MAMLEO's Dorchester offices today.