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.
City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) wants to give Bostonians a safer way to complete transactions arranged on Craigslist and other online sites.
In a proposed ordinance to be discussed at the City Council's regular meeting on Wednesday, O'Malley proposes using spaces in city police stations for "e-commerce exchange zones:" Read more.
Steven Locke is a professor at Mass. College of Art and Design. He's won awards for his work. And he's black. Yesterday, on his way to the school, he parked in the lot behind Bukhara on Centre Street in JP, and started to walk out towards the Purple Cactus to get a burrito. And briefly became a suspect for a break-in, detained by a number of Boston cops, at least one who took care to unsnap his gun holster. Locke recounts the incident, including the hug a black woman who stopped to witness it all, gave him as he stood there afterwards.
"Thank you," I said to her. "Thank you for staying."
"Are you ok?" She said. Her small beautiful face was lined with concern.
"Not really. I'm really shook up. And I have to get to work."
"I knew something was wrong. I was watching the whole thing. The way they are treating us now, you have to watch them. "
"I'm so grateful you were there. I kept thinking to myself, 'Don't leave, sister.' May I give you a hug?"
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.
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.
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.
Police Commissioner William Evans tells WGBH the department is looking for vendors for cameras to test out, starting within the next couple of months.
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.
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.
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.
MuckRock gives us a look at Boston Police regulations for working with informants.
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.
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