Boston Police officials said today an internal-affairs investigation into a widely publicized May incident involving a man and an off-duty cop whose car he swatted with an umbrella showed the police officer did nothing wrong; in fact, he did everything he was trained to do after an apparent felony. Read more.
A federal judge today tossed out the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council's latest legal effort to get the city to leave it alone and do whatever it wants with the St. Patrick's Day parade. But US District Court Judge Richard Stearns left the door open to a lawsuit over next year's parade. Read more.
WBUR reports a Suffolk Superior Court judge today agreed with the city that it can order 100 police officers to wear body cameras to test whether the system could work in Boston.
The city and the patrolmen's union had worked out an agreement for voluntary participation in the pilot, but BPD Commissioner William Evans announced plans to order 100 officers to wear the cameras when none actually volunteered.
Meet Bret LaBelle, a sergeant who's been on the force for 18 years. And yes, he rocks the accent, which is a requirement for all Bostonians on the show.
Yes, there are military-type helicopters flitting all over downtown, the South End and the harbor tonight. Boston Police acknowledge they're part of some training exercise involving the Defense Department and local police that BPD was really hoping nobody would notice, except it's hard to keep the local twitterati quiet when helicopters are afoot: Read more:
In a world gone mad, with Kumbaya-singing wimps serving as president and governor, they say officers need more protection and firepower, the Herald reports.
Meanwhile, the Globe reports no BPD officers have volunteered to test body cameras in a pilot slated for September, so the department will have to order 100 or so officers to put them on.
Mayor Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans today announced they have reached a deal with the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association for a six-month, $500,000 pilot to test body cameras worn by 100 volunteer officers.
However, no date for the beginning of the pilot - which advocates had once hoped would start this spring - was announced.
Start date of the pilot program, along with other specific policies related to body cameras, are in the process of being finalized by BPD.
The ACLU of Massachusetts today filed a federal suit against Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley on behalf of two activists who say a state law that bans the secret recording of oral communications even in a public place violates their First Amendment rights.
Their lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Boston, joins a similar suit against Conley filed in March by a right-wing activist who claims he wants to do a report on how landlords treat students in Boston. Read more.
Bill Forry knew Mike Baker from their days as teens at the Boys and Girls Club. Today, Forry writes about coming to grips with Baker's self-inflicted death last Thursday in his Adams Village home, about the anger, the grief and the sadness and what Baker meant to him, his neighbors and the city. He concludes:
We'll choose to remember him as he was in his prime: A husband, father, son, brother, coach, comedian, and devoted public servant. And, always - quite proudly - a Dorchester kid who always found a way to make us smile.
Boston Police alert us:
The Boston Police Academy will be conducting simulated drills with recruit officers throughout the day during which blank ammunition will be fired. These drills will take place in the area of 85 Williams Avenue in Hyde Park.
Boston Police report that its SWAT Team's mascot cat simply showed back up at the team's headquarters on Warren Street in Roxbury around 7 a.m. today, one month after the cat went missing and police put out an APB.
Grant Headley, 27, is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges he shot Stokinger after Stokinger and other officers pulled him over on Mt. Bowdoin Terrace.
Boston Police have released a database of Field Interrogation and Observation (FIO) records from 2011 through April of last year, so have at it, data analysts (you can download a 3.2M XLS copy). The release comes in response to an ACLU public-records request - more than a year ago.
BPD outlines the basic results: Read more.
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