The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports on 14 people who were arraigned today (more will be arraigned on Tuesday and Wednesday). Didi Delgado, who helped organize the march from Roxbury to Boston Common, reports on the treatment of several of the people while they were locked up awaiting arraignment. Read more.
Dan Kennedy acknowledges the cops had a tough job on the Common, but wonders if they might have taken some liberties with the 1st Amendment, by, for example, banning the press from the bandstand:
Let’s not kid ourselves. There was real potential for violence far beyond the skirmishes that actually took place. The Boston Police did a good job of protecting public safety. But free speech took a back seat on Saturday, and I imagine we’re going to be hearing more about that in the days to come.
Around 11:15 a.m., roving UHub photographer Will Murphy came upon BPD Officer Oscar Guerrero doing a good deed: Changing a flat tire for a senior citizen on the Hyde Park Avenue side of the Forest Hills T stop.
A federal grand jury has indicted Adarbaad Karani, 37, of West Roxbury, on two counts of making false statement during the purchase of firearms and two counts of making a false statement in a record, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.
Boston city councilors have started looking at expanding a program that uses mental-health workers to try to de-escalate confrontations between "emotionally disturbed" people and the police.
A proposal by Councilor Ayanna Pressley (at large) to add more workers to the existing Boston Emergency Services Team (BEST) won the backing of Police Commissioner William Evans and West Roxbury Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Coffey, who runs a special court session for people with mental illnesses facing criminal charges. Read more.
At-large Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George says she's had enough with suburban parents who try to sneak their kids into Boston public schools - and no longer just the exam schools, but even pre-school, inclusion and special-ed programs.
At-large Councilor Michael Flaherty, meanwhile, is venting similar ire against suburbanites - and even people from New Hampshire - who use "mattress addresses" to get on the civil-service lists for jobs as Boston police officers and firefighters. Read more.
Boston Police report arresting Asim Kieta, 42, of Dorchester, on charges he set off a propane canister next to a police cruiser outside District C-6 in South Boston and set it off. Read more.
Boston Police have released a photo of a guy they say may have been near where a propane tank exploded next to a police cruiser outside District C-6 this morning. released a photo of a guy they say may have been near where a propane tank exploded next to a police cruiser outside District C-6 this morning. Read more.
Somebody ignited a propane tank next to a parked cruiser outside District C-6 on West Broadway around 8:20 this morning.
Michael Daniels reports: Read more.
Greg Cook chronicled the Mass Action Against Police Brutality’s MLK Day March for Justice, which had a stop on the steps of the Dorchester courthouse this afternoon.
Shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Brookline Avenue near the Riverway. The officer got out OK.
Meanwhile, at Melnea Cass Boulevard and Hampden Street, a broken-down 18-wheeler has created girdlock.
The Herald reports on a City Council hearing on a Boston Police bid to buy software to monitor possible threats posted on social media.
A federal judge yesterday sentenced Eddie Odney, 38, to three years of probation and fines and reimbursement of $11,600 for a scheme in which he bought and used gift cards he knew came from people returning stolen merchandise at several local retailers, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.
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.
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