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Due to debate surrounding the Boston Police Department’s use of body cameras, city officials are holding a series of community forums to gather public input on the initiative. PHOTO BY KELSEY CRONIN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

City officials ask for public input on police use of body cameras

A series of community meetings discussing a body camera pilot program for the Boston Police Department began Monday, according to a digital flyer from the Boston City Council’s Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice. The meetings, hosted by City Councilor Andrea Campbell, the Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice and the Social Justice Task Force, are being held […]

by Paige Smith· · 0 comments · City, News
In honor of April's Distracted Driving Awareness Month, police departments across the commonwealth will begin an increased effort to ticket distracted drivers. PHOTO BY NICKI GITTER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

State police to crack down on distracted driving

The Massachusetts Highway Safety Division received a grant of $622,000 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to increase police efforts to crack down on distracted driving beginning Friday, according to bureau director Jeff Larason. Larason discussed the prevalence of distracted driving and the reasons behind this new effort. “There seems to be a notion with drivers that it is […]

by Kalina Newman· · 0 comments · City, News
In an effort to find alternative solutions to the use of firearms, the Massachusetts State Police announced Thursday that they will outfit their troopers with Tasers. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA

Massachusetts State Police arm troopers with Tasers

The Massachusetts State Police announced on Thursday the purchase of 895 electronic control weapons in the form of Tasers to immediately equip state troopers in the Division of Field Services, according to a Thursday press release. According to the release, the MSP will begin arming troopers with Tasers in an effort to reduce gun usage to control violent, non-compliant suspects. […]

by Meagan Schwarz· · 0 comments · City, News
In a push for greater public safety, the Boston Police Department began implementing on Monday a new initiative to fingerprint all Boston taxi drivers. ILLUSTRATION BY MADI GOLDMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Boston Police Department to fingerprint taxicab drivers

The Boston Police Department announced Monday an initiative to fingerprint all licensed taxicab drivers in Boston, according to a Monday press release. The program, supervised by BPD’s Hackney Carriage Unit, is designed to improve safety and security for Boston’s citizens, the release stated. “This program is intended to ensure the highest standards of safety for the traveling public,” the release […]

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Boston city councilors Josh Zakim and Tito Jackson filed a public hearing order on Wednesday in response to an open letter written by Mission Hill and Roxbury residents about their concerns with the Northeastern University police's use of “tactical rifles." PHOTO BY MADISON GOLDMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Councilors Zakim and Jackson file hearing order regarding Northeastern University Police Department

Boston City Councilors Josh Zakim and Tito Jackson filed a hearing order Monday to discuss Northeastern University’s decision to arm its police officers with semi-automatic assault rifles, according to a Monday press release. Prior to filing for a hearing, the councilors wrote a letter to Northeastern President Joseph Aoun Dec. 10 expressing their concern about the matter. The letter condemns […]

by Alyssa Meyers· · 0 comments · City, News
Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will serve as a senior adviser to a task force on Chicago police, according to a Monday Chicago mayor’s office press release. PHOTO BY LAURA BRUBAKER/DFP FILE PHOTO

Deval Patrick to advise Chicago Police Department task force

In the wake of the death of Laquan McDonald, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will serve as a senior advisor to a Chicago Police Department task force, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday. McDonald, an African-American teenager from Chicago, was shot and killed by police officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014. Dashboard camera footage that was released Nov. 25 showed Van […]

by Julia Metjian· · 0 comments · City, News
Organizer Brock Satter speaks during the “Boston Stands Against Racist and Police Terror: Rally in Solidarity With Minneapolis and Chicago,” outside Ruggles Station Wednesday night. PHOTO BY ABIGAIL FREEMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Demonstrators speak out against police brutality

In light of the deaths of Laquan McDonald in Chicago and Jamar Clark in Minneapolis, nearly one hundred people gathered at Ruggles Station Wednesday to speak out against police brutality. McDonald, an African-American teenager from Chicago, was shot repeatedly by police officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014. Dashboard camera footage of the shooting resurfaced on Nov. 25, 2015. Clark was fatally shot and killed […]

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Between 2 and 2:50 a.m. on Oct. 18, a female student was allegedly sexually assaulted in her room at 33 Harry Agganis Way. PHOTO BY MADISON GOLDMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

StuVi II sexual assault possibly not isolated incident, police say

As Boston University police officers continue their search for a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a student in her dorm room Oct. 18 at approximately 2 a.m., several residents of 33 Harry Agganis Way said the assault wasn’t the only security breach in the residence hall that morning. Lily, a senior who lives in StuVi II and requested her last […]

by Felicia Gans· · 1 comment · Campus, News
A bill seeking to make private college police records public is in a committee in the Massachusetts State Legislature. Boston University students currently have to go to the Boston University Police Department and have the records read to them because they do not exist online. PHOTO BY PAIGE TWOMBLY/DAILY FREE PRESS CONTRIBUTOR

Bill seeks to make private college police department records public

A bill in the Massachusetts State Legislature seeks to make private college police departments operate similarly to city departments by making records publicly available, which could have implications for university and student reputations alike. Massachusetts Rep. Kevin Honan, who proposed the bill on Jan. 20 with Massachusetts Reps. Patricia Jehlen and Paul Donato, has petitioned for certain law enforcement records to be designated as […]

by Carolyn Hoffman· · 1 comment · City, News
In an effort to promote user safety, former Boston Police Department Commissioner Ed Davis will join Uber Boston as an advisor. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Former Boston Police Department Commissioner to advise for Uber

To help ensure safety for riders, Uber Boston has appointed former Boston Police Department Commissioner Ed Davis to a senior advisor position within the company. Davis, who has 35 years of experience in law enforcement, served as commissioner during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and oversaw police response during and after the attacks. “While technology helps ensure the speed, dependability […]

by Julia Metjian· · 0 comments · City, News