May 30, 2024

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Community Recommendations for Boston Police

Community Recommendations for Boston Police

Issues to be addressed:

  • Administrative department-wide directive and focus on training with a special emphasis on street patrol and gang task force officers to acknowledge and re-commit duty to adhere to current policy and law
  • BPD’s historic defensive stance, denial and reluctance to address a pattern, culture and evidenced mindset within the BPD; and continued dismissal of community critique, experiences and numerous public scandals.
  • Exposure of undercurrent of antagonistic behavior and tactics including; taunting, provoking, disrespect and racially coded banter to black and brown residents, particularly Black & Latino males.
  • Use of random stops to escalate and interrogate confirming ACLU “Black, Brown and Targeted” (2014) and other previously disputed studies
  • Increased transparency in internal affairs and follow through in disciplinary process
  • Enhance and strengthen the CO-OP (Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel)
  • Establish a Civilian Review Board
  • Charge and empower the Social Justice Task Force to include new members and to develop and implement a meaningful plan for achieving social and racial justice.


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