Category Archives: Police Accountability

Governor Baker Plots to Jail Immigrants in Massachusetts

Lawyers’ Committee Denounces Proposals to Co-Opt State and Local Police for Immigration Enforcement Yesterday, Governor Charlie Baker and a handful of Massachusetts state legislators proposed bills to allow state and local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration law by holding individuals on federal immigration detainers after they would otherwise be released. The announcements followed

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Diversity Urged for BFD, BPD

Minority advocacy groups are calling on Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to develop a “comprehensive package of diversity solutions” to boost minority rates in the city’s predominately white police and fire departments. More than 100 people attended a community forum on June 20, 2017, hosted by the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, the

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Bristol County’s Lawless Sheriff Will Answer to the Court

Lawless Sheriff Will Answer to the Court Civil Rights Group Sues To Uncover Documents Regarding Bristol County’s Participation In Controversial Immigration Program Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice and Foley Hoag LLP filed a lawsuit against Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson to obtain public records regarding the Sheriff’s participation in a

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Responding to Unprecedented Civil Rights Challenges

Responding to Unprecedented Civil Rights Challenges The federal government has all but abandoned its commitment to enforcing our nation’s civil rights laws. The federal government is impeding progress in voting rights and police accountability cases. Right now,  immigrants and refugees are being detained and interrogated in airports. Overnight, we’ve had to create a shield to

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Fighting Local Immigration Enforcement in Bristol and Plymouth Counties

This week, the sheriffs of Bristol and Plymouth counties in Massachusetts agreed to enforce federal immigration officials. In an era of scarce resources, it is fiscally irresponsible to divert local resources and funds to federal immigration enforcement. When state and local police are co-opted into federal immigration enforcement, the public will associate police with immigration.

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