Tag Archives: Police Misconduct

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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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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Community Conversations Highlight Policing Problems

Tension between black communities and police departments was the focus of several community meetings in Boston this past week. Topics from police misconduct to diversifying police departments resonated with attendees. When discussing misconduct Deputy Director Rahsaan Hall stated, “It’s good to have diversity within the department, but let us not be confused that [diversity] is

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