Category Archives: Police Accountability

New Police Training Techniques Announced By Walpole & Lawyers’ Committee

LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE TOWN OF WALPOLE ANNOUNCE NEW TRAINING TECHNIQUES BOSTON — Today, in response to a complaint filed on behalf of John-Paul Wahnon, the Walpole Police Department announced that it has instituted new training techniques and best practices, including comprehensive implicit bias training, to ensure procedural fairness. The Town will

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Boston Police And Fire Hiring Practices Illegally Harm Minority Veterans

Civil Rights Groups Charge Police And Fire Department Hiring Practices Illegally Harm Boston’s Minority Veterans Call For Civil Service Investigation Into Unauthorized Use Of Residence Preference Boston, MA – Today, on behalf of the Boston Society of Vulcans (Vulcans), the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers (MAMLEO), and numerous concerned citizens, the Lawyers’ Committee

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Boston School Police Sharing Student Information With Federal Authorities

Joint Statement from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice; Multicultural Education, Training & Advocacy, Inc.; and The Center for Law and Education Boston School Police Sharing Student Information With Federal Authorities A document released today by civil rights advocates directly contradicts denials from the Boston Public Schools (BPS) and U.S. Immigration and

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On MLK Day, Our 50-Year Quest for Justice

Today, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we kick off our 50th Anniversary.  The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice was founded in 1968 in the midst of the assassination of Dr. King, and the findings of the Kerner Commission (which concluded that the nation was “moving toward two societies, one black, one white –

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Yesterday, we got an award! Today, we’re back in the trenches.

Yesterday, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice received the Boston Bar Association’s Beacon Award for Diversity and Inclusion.     This award recognizes the importance of our life-changing and law-changing work. We foster equal opportunity and fight discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants. We engage in creative and courageous legal action,

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We’re Taking Action in Response to ICE Raids in Sanctuary Cities

Lawyers’ Committee Takes Action in Response to ICE Raids in Sanctuary Cities   Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice took immediate action in response to ICE raids targeting immigrants in Massachusetts. The federal government is explicitly retaliating against Massachusetts because our Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled in Lunn v. Commonwealth that state

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Standing Against Police Bias & Profiling: Amicus Brief to the Supreme Judicial Court

Standing Against Police Bias and Profiling  Boston, MA – Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief in Massachusetts’ highest court, the Supreme Judicial Court, on behalf of more than a dozen prominent racial justice, immigrants’ rights, and LGBTQ organizations in a high-profile matter concerning police bias and

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