Boston police officer Patrick McCarthy, 35, was released on personal recognizance today at his arraignment on a a charge of assault and battery on a household member, the Middlesex County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
BPD has released the list of finalist names for its new K-9 puppy: Cannon, Clink, Hero, Kevlar, Kojack, Tango, Titus, Rocco, Tuuka and Viggo. Officer Troy Caisey, the department's dog trainer, will make the final selection, the department says, adding it received 20,000 suggestions.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Suffolk County prosecutors cannot use a gun that fell down a man's pant leg after he was stopped by police as evidence against him because officers didn't have enough evidence to warrant "seizing" him in the first place.
Boston Police have issued a BOLO for a name for the newest member of their K-9 unit - a 9-week old Belgian Shepherd male, who will be taking on "patrol and explosive ordinance detection duties."
According to head BPD K-9 trainer Troy Caisey, names should be strong, commanding and no more than 2 syllables. For example: names like Tuco, Bronson and Solo would be more than suitable. So, if you have a suggestion, send it our way and if we use your name - weâ€™ll send you a BPD patch in return.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told a City Council committee today he wants to learn from the mistakes of other cities with body cameras before equipping Boston police officers with them. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a man who failed to win appointment as a Boston police cadet was so far down the candidate list - despite getting a really good score on a written test - he probably wouldn't have gotten appointed even if BPD hadn't given preferential treatment to several women candidates it wanted to hire to bring more women into the ranks. Read more.
The Globe reports a judge has ordered Boston to rehire David Williams, fired for allegedly lying about the chokehold he applied during a North End arrest in 2011. Williams was back on the job then after an arbitrator ordered the city to rehire him after he was fired for his role in the 1995 beating of Boston police officer Michael Cox.
David Fitzgerald, a 19-year-veteran of the Boston Police Department, admitted in federal court today that he lied to FBI agents when they asked him about loans he'd made to "a known street-level drug dealer and bookmaker," the FBI reports.
As part of a plea agreement, Fitzgerald resigned from BPD and will be put on probation for a year. According to the FBI: Read more.
Police Commissioner William Evans said today a bomb threat at 505 Congress St. proved the perfect - and fortunately harmless - example of why it's absurd Boston Police aren't supposed to respond to calls from land owned by Massport in South Boston:
A call came in for a bomb threat at 505 Congress St. Despite the jurisdictional limit, BPD officers, including the bomb squad, responded immediately - then had to wait 15 minutes for State Police to show up - he told a City Council committee today. Read more.
Jessica Heslam talks to the family of Boston Police Officer Dennis Simmonds, to whom the state Retirement Board yesterday awarded $150,000 in recognition of his death from injuries he suffered during the battle with the Tsarnaevs in Watertown - a year later.
The City Council today formally honored Officer Shana Cottone who stopped her car while driving home through the North End on April 14 to rush through an occupied building next to one that had erupted in flames to get residents out. Read more.
A Suffolk Superior Court judge yesterday ordered a new trial for Sean Ellis, convicted for the 1993 murder of Det. John Mulligan in a Roslindale shopping-center parking lot, the Globe reports.
WGBH reports on the request, which alleges that "Boston police officers have a pattern of using excessive force and a discriminatory policy of stopping and searching mainly young black and Latino men."
A former Boston cop got a year's probation and a $2,000 fine after admitting he lied to FBI agents investigating whether he had given information about an ongoing investigation of the the Academy Homes Street gang in Roxbury to a member of the gang.
Mel Steele, 36, was a member of the BPD's Youth Violence Task Force - its gang unit - who was also a longtime friend of a member of the gang. The US Attorney's office in Boston says:
WHDH reports on the Roxbury incident.
The Boston Police Department reports Officer John Moynihan has been released from the hospital and is home in "serious but improving" condition.
A Suffolk County grand jury today indicted Michael Doherty, 41, of South Boston on assault-and-battery and civil-rights charges for an incident in January in which he allegedly used a racial epithet while attacking an Uber driver he claimed had brought him to the wrong address.
Police Commissioner William Evans said he has suspended Doherty without pay: