For two hours, people with connections to the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center debated how to get it out of the mire it finds itself in, its longtime director out of a job and millions of dollars in promised renovations undone. Read more.
Roxbury Community College
Backers of the Reggie Lewis Center can't agree who should run it, but do agree the former director got screwed
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Mayor Walsh today announced a plan to pay tuition at Bunker Hill and Roxbury Community Colleges for all BPS graduates with at least a 2.2 GPA who are eligible for federal Pell grants for low-income students. Read more.
The Banner has a few bones to pick with with Walker's columns about Roxbury Community College (for example):
Walker is better at fiction than solid journalism.
Arbitrator can't force Roxbury Community College to give a professor another shot at tenure, court rules
The Supreme Judicial Court today overturned an arbitrator's ruling that the college had to give a social-sciences professor a second crack at tenure after it told him he would be terminated.
The state's highest court ruled that language in the college's contract with professors gave it the right to decide who gets tenure and that the college president had the right to terminate Virgilio Acevedo for low enrollment in his classes, high withdrawal rates among those students who did sign up for them and poor evaluations by those who remained.
At a press conference at Roxbury Community College, the unidentified mother of the teen shown in a video last fall being subdued by Boston Police talked about the arrest. Last Friday, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said a review by both his office and an outside consultant found no excessive force used in arresting what they said was an out of control teen.
But speakers at today's press conference, organized by Roxbury activist Jamarhl Crawford and including a lawyer from the ACLU and the lawyer for David Woodman, said the video clearly showed excessive force. The student who took the video also spoke:
Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley says a review of the arrest of a juvenile with outstanding warrants at Roxbury Community College last October shows police acted appropriately and used only enough force to bring the teen under control.
"It is my opinion that I saw nothing in the myriad of reviewed incident related materials rising to the level of excessive and therefore illegal force utilization," Gregory Connor, an independent expert on the use of force and now-retired professor emeritus of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute, who was hired by DA Dan Conley to review the case, said.
In a statement, Conley said the suspect, not named because of his age, "was resistant and assaultive" when officers tried to serve multiple warrants on him:
Blackstonian posts a copy of the report on the arrest of that 16-year-old.
Jamarhl Crawford reports on a march by Roxbury Community College students and staff to Boston Police headquarters tomorrow at noon over that arrest.
About 25 residents and Roxbury Community College students and professors gathered across the street at the Roxbury Crossing T stop this evening to protest the way a 16-year-old wanted on various charges was subdued by Boston Police a week ago.
Ruth Kiefson, a professor at Roxbury Community College, discusses her outrage at the arrest, urges people to use cameras as their weapon against police brutality:
The Globe reports Police Commissioner Ed Davis promises an investigation into whether the force used to subdue a teenager with outstanding warrants at his arrest at Roxbury Community College was justified after somebody posted this video (possibly NSFW):