Solutions and Support

Despite apparent broad consensus among key stakeholders on proposals that have been public for in some cases decades, there is a lack of substantive movement on most fronts in terms of police reform here in Massachusetts. With the current resurgence … Continued

Justice in Policing Act of 2020

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Justice in Policing Act of 2020 (PDF) Grant power to the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to issue subpoenas to police departments as part of “pattern or practice” investigations into whether there has been a “pattern and practice” of bias … Continued

NAACP Demands Update

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[Source] Our oppression has reached its boiling point. The uprisings we’re witnessing in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, New York, Oakland, Washington D.C. and many other cities across the U.S. are a direct consequence of the racism, bigotry, violence, and subjugation against Black people that has festered … Continued

QUALIFIED IMMUNITY: EXPLAINED

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[Source] Amir H. Ali, Emily Clark That doctrine has become one of the chief ways in which law enforcement avoids accountability for misconduct and, as Brooks’s case demonstrates, even proven constitutional violations. Ordinary people—whether they’re doctors, lawyers, or construction workers—are expected to follow … Continued

TRAFFIC STOP DATA COLLECTION

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Update: Read the ACLU’s statement on the legislature’s compromise bill on distracted driving, which was signed into law by Governor Baker in November 2019. Massachusetts has a documented history of wide-ranging racial disparities in how police conduct traffic stops. A 2004 statewide report showed … Continued