Tag Archives: police accountability

African-American Police Officers File Discrimination Complaint Against Brookline

Boston, MA – Two African-American police officers from the Town of Brookline filed complaints today with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), alleging racial discrimination in employment.  In their complaints, Officers Prentice Pilot and Estifanos Zerai-Misgun cite a range of conduct that they say has created a hostile work environment at the Brookline Police Department,

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Lawyers’ Committee Sues Boston Police Department To Obtain Records On Racial Impact Of Employment Practices

In a lawsuit filed yesterday, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice sued the Boston Police Department (BPD), Commissioner William Evans, and the City of Boston, seeking public records that are critical to ascertaining the racial impact of BPD’s employment practices. The lawsuit, brought in partnership with Birnbaum & Godkin, LLP, stems from

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Statement on the Failure to Indict the Police Officers Involved in the Shooting of Tamir Rice

Statement on the Failure to Indict the Police Officers Involved in the Shooting of Tamir Rice The announcement that a grand jury failed to indict the police officers who gunned down Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black boy playing with a toy gun in a playground in Cleveland, Ohio, is the latest in the steady drumbeat

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Federal Appeals Court to Hear Police Diversity Case

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT TO HEAR ARGUMENTS IN POLICE DIVERSITY CASE Boston, MA – A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments tomorrow in a case of far-reaching importance concerning diversity in police forces throughout Massachusetts.  In Lopez v. Lawrence, Black and Latino police officers are challenging an examination used by Boston, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen, Springfield,

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Black Cops Sue BPD Over Racially Discriminatory Hair Test

Diversity in police ranks is a key component of community representation and accountability.  Yet, the Boston Police Department (“BPD”) continues to use a drug testing modality that is scientifically unreliable and racially discriminatory.  The Banner featured LCCR’s ongoing work on behalf of African American officers challenging BPD’s policies.  In connection with this important case, check out LCCR’s “hair

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Coalition Says Hair Testing for Drugs Not Ready for Prime Time

The coalition of 17 organizations, including the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, sent a letter to the leadership of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urging them to follow established protocols for developing drug testing procedures and to exclude any provisions for hair specimen testing from any surface transportation bill.  Read more

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Community Forum on Policing & Diversity

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice (LCCR), the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers (MAMLEO), the Boston Branch NAACP, the ACLU of Massachusetts, and the Blackstonian invite individuals and organizations committed to ensuring police accountability and community representation in policing to participate in a Community Forum on Wednesday, July 8th at 6:00 PM.  MAMLEO

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Rahsaan Hall Testifies to End Mandatory Minimum Sentences

On June 9, the Joint Committee on the Judiciary held a public hearing to solicit testimony on the impact and potential elimination of mandatory minimum drug sentences. Deputy Director, Rahsaan Hall, who worked for 8 years as a Prosecutor in Suffolk County, provided testimony at the hearing. Hall stated that, “Despite the spirit behind these minimum mandatory drug laws, there

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