Clearing the cops
Do district attorneys rubber-stamp police use of deadly force?
BY: JACK SULLIVAN
PHOTOGRAPHS BY: FRANK CURRAN AND MARK MORELLI; ILLUSTRATION BY RAFAEL RICOY
COMMONWEALTH MAGAZINE ISSUE: WINTER 2014
FROM THE TINY TOWN of Colrain at the Vermont border to the siren-pierced streets of Boston, state and local police have shot and killed 73 people across Massachusetts over the last 12 years. The deadliest year was 2013, when 12 people were killed. Every completed killing investigation found the police were justified in using deadly force; only three of the cases were presented to a grand jury or judicial inquest to determine if a crime was committed.
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