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When you live next to a suspected drug dealer - and you're the state's attorney general

The State House News Service reports on the experiences of Attorney General - and former Boston city councilor - Andrea Campbell, whose Mattapan neighbor was recently arrested on drug-dealing charges, after Campbell and other neighbors had been complaining to ISD for years about the "problem property."

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Four years of doing nothing? Yup, thats the Boston police for you. Why bust fentanyl dealers when you can play games on your phone while making overtime pay at a construction site?

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Police doesn't bring charges. Suffolk DA does.

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That's the job of...guess what...the police. You can't just bring charges on "well I think there's something suspicious going on".

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They need to investigate when the perp is unknown. If they know the crime, who did it, and have witnesses, that should be enough for the DA.

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Complaining to ISD about a problem property might get some tickets written, but it won't get drug dealers arrested since that's not the set of laws ISD enforces.

You'd kind of expect a lawyer to know this, not to mention a former city councilor and the state's top law enforcement official.

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she knew that she had evidence to back up an ISD complaint, while she didn't have probable cause evidence for police to raid the place.
ISD = pressure

I have absolutely no problem with her focusing attention on her neighbor..

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You really think someone dealing drugs cares much about a few tickets from ISD? LOL.

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but ISD can absolutely bring a landlord to evict,

or in cases condemn the property and get the residents removed and the place boarded up.

It can be slow but it happens

vs one call to the police among thousands with no evidence

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Definitely does not hurt my feelings.

The police don't listen to most of us, but they do pay more attention to the people who control (to a small degree) their purse strings.

You think a drug dealer would sweat an eviction??? Hahahahahahaha

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Both were on GBH separately yesterday.

Each were asked questions about various issues by callers and people at the BPL.

Campbell answered each question directly or said "Give the producer Your Name And Number" and we will follow up when she didn't know the answer. Right on point of constituent services.

The Mayor when asked questions about specific items and issues sounded like Gene Hackman at the dinner table in the Birdcage wandering off into answers that had nothing to do with the question and then wrapping up with some ramblings about studying issues for the next few years and then trying to formulate ideas.

She does realize an office at One City Hall isn't a tenured position, right?

Andrea, being the top cop is great, but being Mayor might not be a bad idea for the city.

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I'd wager Campbell will be gunning for the big office on Beacon Hill in about 6 years assuming Healey doesn't want a 3rd term.

It would take a lot to dislodge Wu and, IMHO, she's doing a reasonable job so far. Mayor of Boston is a much harder job than Mass AG because you have 600,000 people who directly blame you for everything from potholes to middle school test scores. The AG basically gets ignored most of the time. (Including when she calls ISD.)

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She's just waiting for one of two people to retire.

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The Feinstein/Grassley plan. Another 20 years

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Sure, Wu spent 4+ years running for it, so the results were assured, but after what I considered to be a poor start, Campbell came on strong at the end. Had she had a citywide machine, she’d be mayor now.

This is not to slag Wu, but a political comment.

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