Boston Police

By - 11/19/15 - 2:16 pm

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting reports Boston Police signed an agreement with the FBI under then Commissioner Ed Davis to use "StingRay" devices that can be used for real-time tracking of cell phones.

Perhaps the most controversial provision requires the BPD to notify the FBI if any prosecutor intends to disclose sensitive information in court, and to seek dismissal of those cases if the FBI determines that such disclosure might compromise the technology.

By - 11/18/15 - 5:41 pm

An Allston man arrested after he yelled at cops when he found them in his house in pursuit of a burglary suspect had his Fourth Amendment rights violated and deserves the damages a jury awarded him, a federal appeals court ruled today. Read more.

By - 11/16/15 - 7:06 pm

A federal judge ruled today that a Boston Police exam given in 2008 unintentionally discriminated against ten black Boston Police sergeants trying to become lieutenants and gave the city 30 days to come up with an acceptable remedy.

In his 82-page decision, US District Court Judge William Young wrote that while the city did not deliberately craft a multiple-choice exam to screen out blacks, the net effect of the multiple-choice exam was the same: They were at a disadvantage before they even sat down to answer the questions. Read more.

By - 9/16/15 - 6:30 am

Police Commissioner William Evans tells WGBH the department is looking for vendors for cameras to test out, starting within the next couple of months.

By - 9/14/15 - 7:05 pm

A second member of the BPD gang unit faces a charge of trying to disrupt a two-year investigation of the Academy Homes gang in Roxbury.

But unlike Det. Mel Steele, who acted out of a longstanding friendship with a member of the gang in feeding information to its members, Det. Brian Smigielski is charged with acting in a fit of pique. Read more.

By - 9/8/15 - 2:56 pm

Vice makes a foray into local journalism with a report on Seth Richard, a B-3 detective now facing a charge of open and gross lewdness for an incident in the parking lot of an Andover hotel last month.

Innocent, etc.

By - 9/8/15 - 8:51 am

The Dig reports that until recently license-plate data going back to 2012 was available on a publicly accessible server on the Web, because somebody at either the Boston Transportation Department at the private companies that run the system was unable to figure out the basics of data security.

Left unanswered is the question of why garbage trucks are roaming the city with license-plate scanners, although the Dig also notes that Boston Police - which said it stopped its own license scooping in 2013 - was getting daily reports from the database.

By - 9/2/15 - 10:17 am

MuckRock gives us a look at Boston Police regulations for working with informants.

By - 8/27/15 - 10:03 am

Yves Dambreville, 66, a retired Boston Police detective, was shot to death by bikers in Port-au-Prince yesterday, InfoHaiti reports, adding the former head of Haiti's National Police was shot twice in the back in the same incident. Read more.

By - 8/26/15 - 6:44 pm

At-large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley met today with Police Commissioner William Evans and Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross about that incident on Washington Street in Roslindale. She issued a statement: Read more.

By - 8/19/15 - 9:46 pm

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.

By - 8/18/15 - 9:32 pm

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.

By - 8/14/15 - 11:57 am

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.

By - 8/11/15 - 8:52 pm
New dog needs a name

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 - we’ll send you a BPD patch in return.

By - 8/5/15 - 9:32 pm
Segun Idowu of Boston Police Camera Action Team

Segun Idowu of Boston Police Camera Action Team pauses for a thought during testimony.

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.

By - 7/31/15 - 11:32 am

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.

By - 7/22/15 - 8:17 am

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.

By - 6/25/15 - 4:42 pm

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.

By - 6/24/15 - 5:18 pm

The City Council voted unanimously today to support this year's version of legislation that would give Boston Police joint jurisdiction over the streets of the South Boston waterfront, now legally under the purview of State Police. Read more.

By - 6/22/15 - 12:41 pm

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.