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By adamg - 6/27/22 - 4:05 pm

A federal judge ruled today that four people at a George Floyd vigil on the Common on May 31, 2020 can try to convince a jury that Boston Police officers violated their First Amendment rights by attacking them with pepper spray, fists and a bicycle afterwards and that the city created a culture where such a thing could happen. Read more.

By adamg - 11/17/21 - 4:58 pm

Brian Hussey, a 24-year veteran of the Cambridge Police Department, today sued the city and its former police commissioner for the two months of administrative leave and four days of unpaid suspension he got after posting on his private Facebook page that George Floyd was “a career criminal, a thief and druggie." Read more.

By adamg - 10/27/21 - 2:52 pm

A federal judge yesterday sentenced John Boampong of Dorchester to five years in prison for the way he responded to police ordering him to drive away from Arlington Street by shooting at them repeatedly at the tail end of the rioting that started following a George Floyd protest on May 31, 2020, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 10/9/21 - 12:27 pm

WBZ reports Sgt. Clifton McHale will be suspended for eight days for "conduct unbecoming a police officer" for saying he hit protesters - although investigators said he didn't actually do so - the night riots broke out following a peaceful George Floyd march and vigil on May 31, 2020. Read more.

By adamg - 6/14/21 - 1:07 pm

Boston police body camera video of Jasmine Huffman

Bodycam video showing Huffman getting knocked down, from the complaint.

Four people who took part in a George Floyd vigil on Boston Common last May 31 have sued BPD and three specific officers for allegedly attacking them with batons and pepper spray as the rally ended and turned into several hours of looting that they say they had nothing to do with. Read more.

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By adamg - 1/25/21 - 4:55 pm

John Boampong, 37, of Dorchester has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges related to the way he responded to police officers demanding he drive away from the Arlington Street area by shooting at them repeatedly early on June 1, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 1/16/21 - 12:42 pm
Boston Police cruiser on fire on Tremont Street.

Photo via BPD.

Boston Police report arresting a teenager they charge set a cruiser on fire on Tremont Street downtown after rioting and looting broke out following a peaceful George Floyd protest at the State House. Read more.

By adamg - 12/18/20 - 8:36 pm

Attacks on demonstrators from Boston Police 5/31

The Appeal gets copies of some of the video from the night of May 31, after a George Floyd protest ended and as looting began. The videos: Read more.

By adamg - 8/31/20 - 11:30 am

A federal judge today ordered John Boampang held without bail at least until the end of his trial on charges he opened fire on police as rioting was winding down following a May 31 protest march and vigil on the Common. Read more.

By adamg - 6/16/20 - 11:05 pm

Shamus Moynihan spotted this new mural by Alex Golob today on Centre Street in Hyde Square, where Bella Luna used to be. Read more.

By adamg - 6/11/20 - 9:29 pm

Boston Police report arresting a 15-year-old from Framingham on charges he set an unoccupied BPD cruiser on fire as the downtown rioting was well underway on May 31. Read more.

By adamg - 6/10/20 - 5:47 pm

Headless statue in windless park. Photo by Rob C.

State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz says people need to look beyond Christopher Columbus's reputation as a cruel murderer of both natives and the Spaniards he led and consider the history of the North End and how the statue represents both some of the neighborhood's original Italian immigrants and the fight to keep the North End from becoming an overbuilt district of expensive condos. Read more.

By adamg - 6/10/20 - 1:22 pm

Shutting T stations after protests only creates dangerous situations for people who just want to get home, several Boston city councilors said today.

But the council did not formally go on record with a resolution calling on the T to stop shutting stations near vigil and protest sites at their regular Wednesday meeting because two councilors objected, which means it will instead go to a council committee for a hearing before the council votes. Read more.

By adamg - 6/9/20 - 8:59 pm

Seeking Identities of Two Related to Vandalism of Boston Police Vehicle

The FBI has released video and a wanted poster for two guys they and BPD want to talk to about their possible role in torching a BPD cruiser outside the Beantown Pub on Tremont Street Sunday night. Neither is described as black.

By adamg - 6/9/20 - 4:26 pm

Sidewalks in Watertown Square were filled with Black Lives Matter writing in chalk until this afternoon when, as Mary Burns reports a guy with a bucket and mop walked around whitewashing out every single "Black" mention. Read more.

By adamg - 6/9/20 - 3:25 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission is urging civil rights/Black Lives Matter protesters to get tested for Covid-19: Read more.

By adamg - 6/8/20 - 9:20 pm

People came to Holy Name Rotary in West Roxbury for the second straight Monday to standi in vigil for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other blacks killed by police. Read more.

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