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.
Judge rejects request by Boston cops to dismiss First Amendment action over the way they pepper sprayed and hit George Floyd protesters in 2020
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Cambridge police detective sues over suspension for complaining about George Floyd and Democrats on his own Facebook page
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.
Man who opened fire on police during May 31 riots gets five years in federal prison; still faces state charges
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.
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.
Protesters sue over alleged police brutality during two George Floyd protests, including the one that turned into a riot
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.
The Dig recounts yesterday's march.
Steve Cooper shows us one jewelry store getting plywood protection.
Dorchester man admits he opened fire on police during the rioting and looting following the May 31 demonstration
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.
Police say teen who set cruiser on fire in the May 31 rampaging was arrested while trying to flee the country
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.
Bodycam videos show cops going after protesters downtown after that George Floyd vigil on May 31; officials to investigate
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.
'Miraculous' nobody killed when man opened fire on police during rioting, judge says, ordering suspect held without bail through his trial
Jamaica Plain gets a George Floyd mural, which outrages the neighborhood's angry screamy bicyclist and maybe a Trumpie
Shamus Moynihan spotted this new mural by Alex Golob today on Centre Street in Hyde Square, where Bella Luna used to be. Read more.
Dan Kennedy reports.
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.
North End state rep says Columbus statue a symbol of Italian heritage and North End persistence, so knock it off with the beheading
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.
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.
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.
Man goes around Watertown Square with a mop, erasing the 'Black' from 'Black Lives Matter' sidewalk chalk
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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