WBUR reports the city council voted 12-0 (John Connolly was not present) to approve an arbitrator's controversial pay hike for police officers. Councilors cited what firefighters are paid.
Carlos Miller reports that late today, Boston Police agreed to not try to obtain a witness-intimidation charge against him for urging his readers to call BPD public relations and a detective to protest the BPD's attempt to charge an out-of-state college student with wiretapping for posting a portion of an interview with a BPD public-relations secretary about the way a cop got... Read more
Carlos Miller reports a hearing in Roxbury District Court on having him charged with witness intimidation for posting the phone number of a Boston Police public-relations employee has been postponed from today to next Friday.
Boston Police released this photo of Officer Steve Horgan midway through his charity trim today at World Shaving Headquarters in South Boston.
Mayor Menino today named Superintendent William Evans as interim police commissioner following Ed Davis's resignation today.
“The Boston Police Department will be in great hands under the leadership of Bill Evans,” Mayor Menino said. “He knows how to manage his team of talented officers, has the respect of the rank and file and has proven his ability to diffuse even the most difficult of public... Read more
Boston Police report a lieutenant and two sergeants up the chain of command from Det. Jerome Hall Brewster have been reprimanded for failing to ensure Brewster followed through in an investigation of Edward Alemany after he allegedly attacked a woman on Mission Hill. Alemany is now charged with kdinapping and murdering Amy Lord in July.
According to a statement from BPD:
Lieutenant Detective... Read more
A man apparently breaking into a car outside 97 Baxter Street in South Boston around 4 a.m. was interrupted by police officers, who began running after him.
He then jumped into one of their cruisers and floored it, hitting at least two of them, sending them to the hospital with minor injuries, a source... Read more
John Connolly today announced his position on the arbitrator's award in the stalled police contract talks: Both sides should go back to the bargaining table, because cops deserve a contract, but the city can't afford to pay for the arbitrator's award:
I believe that the arbitrator's award is out of line with the current economic environment and not in the best interests of the taxpayers.... Read more
If Menino had negotiated in good faith with the patrolmen instead of trying to lord it over them like he owns the joint, the contract never would have gone to an arbitrator, who then would never have ruled officers deserve raises the city can't afford, Walsh said in a statement this morning:
Many working families across the city have seen no raises, or have even... Read more
The Globe reports an arbitrator sided with the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association on the issue of pay raises and benefits.
The city says the union was seeking about 21.5% increases in salary and benefits increases over six years; the arbitrator said its members deserve more than 25%. If the city council rejects the award, the two sides would go back to the bargaining table... Read more
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis formally announced his resignation this morning, saying he's done everything he set out to do - and more - in his seven years at BPD.
The Globe reports that Ed Davis, Boston's police commissioner since 2006, will announce tomorrow he is resigning.
Reaction from mayoral candidates was swift:
I want to thank Ed Davis for his service to the City of Boston and wish him well in his future endeavors. I also urge Mayor Menino to appoint an interim Police Commissioner so that his successor can fill... Read more
A month ago, an association of minority police officers and City Councilor (and mayoral candidate) Mike Ross complained about how the command staff of the Boston Police Department remained almost all white in a city that is now minority majority.
Newly elected state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry says she'll continue predecessor Jack Hart's effort to give Boston Police the right to patrol land along the South Boston waterfront owned by Massport.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Police Commissioner Ed Davis had the right to transfer a sergeant out of the Brighton station even though a provision of his union's contract forbids that without his permission.
The state's highest court said state law, which gives the commissioner"authority over the assignment and organization of the officers within the department" trumps contract language barring the "involuntary" transfer of... Read more
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... Read more
Boston Police report they are investigating a crash around 6:10 p.m. at Harvard and Warner streets in Dorchester that sent two officers and a third person to the hospital and a crash around 7:20 p.m. at Langdon Street and Norfolk Avenue in Roxbury that sent an officer and a motorcyclist to the hospital.
Boston Police yesterday issued orders for treating transgender people under arrest that require officers to transport and held in cells alone when possible, refer to them by the name they want to use and refer to them by the gender they identify with. Also:
A search or frisk shall not be performed for the sole purpose of determining an individual’s anatomical gender, and transgender... Read more