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By adamg - 11/17/23 - 12:00 pm

Lawyers for Civil Rights yesterday announced a settlement in an 18-year legal battle over tests or hair that Boston Police used to use to check for drug use that resulted in numerous false positives for Blacks. Read more.

By adamg - 10/4/23 - 3:55 pm
Michael Flaherty

Animated Michael Flaherty moves for grants.

The Boston City Council today approved acceptance of a total of $3.4 million in federal grants for the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, (BRIC) a BPD unit that collects data and video used to fight crime and terrorism - and which maintains a database of Boston residents accused of being members of local gangs. Read more.

By adamg - 9/13/23 - 1:01 pm
Flaherty calls for acceptance of grant

Flaherty calls for acceptance of grant.

Article corrected. The council did not actually reject the grant, but instead rejected voting on it immediately.

By a 7-5 vote, the Boston City Council rejected an attempt by Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large) to immediately approve $2.55 million in federal grants to bolster the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, overseen by BPD - the same grant the council voted to reject in 2021 after police refused to reconsider its gang database and how it shares data with outside law-enforcement agencies. Read more.

By adamg - 9/5/23 - 2:49 pm

Four Bostonians, joined by three gun groups, last week sued Police Commissioner Michael Cox over what they say are excessive delays in processing their license-to-carry applications. Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/23 - 9:41 pm
bpdnews.com in 2006

Screen capture via Wayback Machine.

BPD News, up since at least 2006 with a URL that was splashed on every Boston police cruiser, is no more. The city today switched on police.boston.gov, which is all mobile-friendly and stuff and which de-emphasizes arrest reports, BOLOs and crime stats in favor of a more 21st-century feeling series of pages about the department itself. Don't worry, the old BPDnews news is still there, but you'll have to click to get to it.

By adamg - 6/15/23 - 3:55 pm

The Dorchester Reporter updates us on the council's Wednesday vote.

By adamg - 6/9/23 - 10:33 pm

Stanley Staco and Live Boston report a BPD officer was shot in the back and the foot Cedric Street near Langdon Street around 9:15 p.m. One suspect was taken into custody on the roof of the three-story industrial building there. Read more.

By adamg - 5/23/23 - 9:58 pm

Boston Police report that Lt. John Earley was arrested for OUI and negligent driving in Walpole on Sunday. The BPD Bureau of Professional Standards has started an investigation, police say.

Earley, who lives in Walpole, joined the Boston force in 1998.

Innocent, etc.

By adamg - 5/15/23 - 9:40 pm

The Dig reports the state Attorney General's office has begun looking at possible racial disparities in the way the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force - the gang unit - makes stops and frisks people, including the use of a controversial gang database. Read more.

By adamg - 4/27/23 - 2:38 pm

The Globe reports a federal jury today acquitted four current and former officers at the Boston Police evidence warehouse in Hyde Park on wire-fraud charges related to overtime payments.

The Globe quoted lawyers for the four that there was nothing wrong with what they did because it was long a practice approved by BPD administrators.

By adamg - 4/6/23 - 11:07 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the use of police body cameras to record voluntary statements of possible crime victims, in a case in which a man who was ordered back to jail on a probation violation in part because of those statements argued they violated the state ban on wiretapping - even though he was not involved in the recording. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/23 - 2:09 pm

Three faces of Fisher in DC, one with cap with Pats, Bruins and Celtics logos, via FBI.

The FBI today arrested a former Boston cop on charges he didn't just bust into the Capitol with fellow coupsters on Jan. 6, he rammed a chair into a police officer running after a pepper-spraying member of Y'all Queda, then began beating the cop, only the cop got the better of him and knocked him to the ground. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/23 - 11:35 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the city of Boston's 2021 order requiring municipal workers to get vaccinated against Covid-19, saying public-health needs outweighed the collective-bargaining rights of the police and fire unions that sued over the policy. Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/23 - 3:43 pm

The Boston Police Department has released the detailed findings of a deputy superintendent that led to the recent firings of Sgt. Shana Cottone and officers Joseph Abasciano and Michael Geary, in response to a Universal Hub public-records request. Read more.

By adamg - 3/14/23 - 9:56 am

Shana Cottone, who helped organize bucket-banging screamers outside Mayor Wu's house, announced last night she's been fired from the BPD sergeant's job from which she'd been suspended for more than a year. Read more.

By adamg - 3/1/23 - 8:31 pm

GBH takes a look at the Office of Police Accountability and Transparency after its creation nearly two years ago.

By adamg - 2/3/23 - 2:01 pm

The US Attorney's office reports that four current and former Boston Police officers and supervisors at the department evidence warehouse in Hyde Park have had a new charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud added to their existing charges related to an alleged scheme in which the supervisors approved payments for overtime the officers did not actually work. Read more.

By adamg - 1/11/23 - 12:45 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports on the return of a walking beat to Bowdoin/Geneva.

By adamg - 12/20/22 - 9:33 am

For the second time in a week, Boston Police have arrested one of their own on a charge of domestic violence. Read more.

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