Boston Police Department
Bruce Smith, 53, currently a Boston Police sergeant and detective in Jamaica Plain's District E-13, pleaded guilty today to repeatedly making false statements that let him carry his gun on personal plane trips and get a friend around security screenings at Logan Airport, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.
The Boston Police officer who shot Terrence Coleman in the foyer of his apartment building last October had little choice, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says in a report on the incident. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered the reinstatement of a Boston cop the city fired for the way he used a choke hold to help restrain a man angry over a traffic incident in the North End in 2009 - in a ruling that also castigates the city for taking its sweet time to investigate the matter. Read more.
BPD brass today announced Joseph DeAngelo, 28, who serves in the B-2 police district in Roxbury, will be suspended for six months for making and distributing a "spoof" video that made another officer seem like a racist.
In a statement, BPD says: Read more.
Federal officials today charged Bruce Smith, currently a detective assigned to District E-13 in Jamaica Plain, with making false statements to the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security and unlawfully entering a secure airport area with intent to evade security requirements, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a trial for Police Officer Sean Gannon, who has been restricted to a gunless desk job since 2005, when the Boston Police Department decided repeated injuries from getting punched or kicked in the head as a mixed-martial-arts battler - including in one infamous bare-knuckle brawl - had left him without the capacity to react appropriately in an emergency, especially one that might involve the use of a gun. Read more.
The Dorchester Reporter reports.
On Wednesday, the City Council approved a new contract with the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association that lets the city and the union re-open the contract section dealing with body cameras - for example, to negotiate department-wide use of them - without re-opening all of the rest of the contract.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans announced tonight that he has canceled plans to buy software that would let the department monitor social media for potential public-safety threats and ferret out Internet-based crimes because the offerings the department was considering are overkill and raised privacy issues. Read more.
The Globe reports.
Around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, District E-18 officers responded to a report of a house break-in on Avila Road in Hyde Park - including one officer wearing one of the body cameras the department is testing out. Read more.
BPD and Homeland Security will create an impromptu battlefield at Fenway Park this weekend with an Army center that works to develop the weapons of tomorrow.
Sunday's "full scale counterterrorism exercise" will ring out with "realistic-sounding, simulated gunshots" between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. as drones fly overhead and various other technologies, including bomb-sniffing dogs and specialized metal detectors, get put to the test.
Yawkey way, from Brookline Avenue to Boylston Street and Van Ness Street from Ipswich to Ross Way, will be shut.
City Councilor Andrea Campbell opened a hearing on an upcoming Boston Police pilot program involving body cameras by announcing she will hold a second hearing sometime this month to let BPD officials comment on the plans. Read more.
Residents can get info and comment on Boston Police's plan to outfit up to 100 officers with body cameras in May at meetings tonight and Thursday, organized by the City Council's Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice.
Tonight's session starts at 6 p.m. in the Charlestown High School cafeteria, 240 Medford Street. Thursday's also starts at 6, at the First Parish Church of Dorchester, 10 Parish St.
District C-6 Capt. John Greland recounts how one of his officers helped a man out last night:
So last night my CSO [Community Service Officer] Sgt Tim Gaughan meets an elderly gentleman who is upset and crying turns out his wife was getting admitted to the hospital and now his car is missing, it turns out it was towed which really upsets him. So Sgt Gaughan drives him to the tow lot. The Sgt tries to advocate for him buts it's a no go. So the elderly gentleman is really crying that he has to get back to his wife.
The Boston City Council today approved a total 28.7% pay increase for police detectives, retroactive to 2011 - but also voted to ask the city's public-safety unions to talk about future contract talks.
Councilor Mark Ciommo, who chairs the council's ways and means committee, said detectives deserve the raises, which an arbitrator awarded last fall. The total city cost will be $9 million. Read more.
The New England Center for Investigative Reporting takes a look at what we do know about Boston Police's use of a StingRay device, which can masquerade as a cell tower and intercept location data from nearby phones.
The Herald reports on comments by the lawyer for Edwin Guzman, a BPD sergeant facing charges in Quincy of dissemination of harmful material to a minor and annoying and accosting behavior, and how he doubts the photos were really that troubling to her.
"You can’t tell me someone her age has never seen a picture of a penis on the Internet," Anderson said.
WBZ reports a key question is whether she was his ex or they were still an item; he claims she broke in and attacked him and his current love and that she fell down stairs; she claims she found him with another woman and he pummeled her in anger at being caught.
At-large Councilor Michael Flaherty will ask his fellow councilors to back a change in state law that would let Boston offer detail work on road projects and at concerts and arenas to retired BPD officers, easing a shortage of detail officers and filling city coffers with extra money.
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