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Tasers might compel police to use force, opponents say

After less than a year on the job with Tasers, instances of use of force by the Massachusetts State Police has doubled. Department officials say the data could be misleading, because the devices were never fired in many cases, but civil rights advocates warn an overreliance on stun guns by law...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 9:28am

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Full unedited video shows South Carolina officer shooting,killing Walter Scott

New agencies have obtained the full, raw, unedited graphic video showing Charlston police officer Michael Thomas Slager shooting unarmed Walter Scott on April 4, 2015. The video was taken by an anonymous bystander. The full clip is just over three minutes long. RELATED: South Carolina cop...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 4:13pm

Watch the first trailer for The Hate U Give movie

The Hate U Give movie, tackling timely societal themes of police brutality, racial identity and finding your voice, hits theaters this fall. Directed by George Tillman, the 20th Century Fox film is based on Angie Thomas' 2017 acclaimed novel, which was reportedly inspired in part by the...

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 3:34pm

Harvard Law School profs will represent student arrested by Cambridge police

Two professors from the Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute will represent Selorm Ohene, the 21-year-old Harvard student arrested by Cambridge police Friday night. Ohene’s arrest has garnered attention and sparked controversy due to the use of force by officers in...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 1:36pm

Cambridge police investigating after officer hit black Harvard student

A video of a Cambridge Police Officer punching a black Harvard student while he was physically restrained has prompted an investigation, the result of which will be made public, Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern assured. Cambridge Police officers responded on Friday night to multiple 911 calls...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 5:15pm

New MTA police officers have a nose for bomb detection

The MTA Police Department just gained 52 extra boots, err, paws on the ground to help detect explosive devices. Thirteen canines and their human counterparts graduated from the department’s explosives detection and anti-terrorism training and were honored at a ceremony at Grand Central...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 3:45pm

Head of State Police retires after allegations of altered police report

Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Col. Richard McKeon is retiring amid accusations that he ordered a trooper to remove embarrassing details from an arrest report for a state judge’s daughter. McKeon, who was appointed to head the State Police by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2015, announced...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:16am

Federal officers allegedly terrorized by 'rape table' hazing at NewarkAirport

Update Sept. 14, 2017: Three Customs and Border Protection officers have been arrested over a disturbing hazing ritual known as the “rape table” at Newark Liberty International Airport. Tito Catota, 38, Parmenio I. Perez, 40, and Michael Papagni, 32 were all arrested Wednesday, charged...

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 3:34pm

'We only kill black people,' Georgia cop tells woman during traffic stop

A Georgia police officer was caught on dashcam video telling a woman, "Remember, we only kill black people" during a traffic stop. On the video, a car was pulled over on suspicion of DUI in July 2016. When the Cobb County police officer approached the vehicle, a female passenger was...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 4:53pm

Hazmat-wearing DEA agents, police raid luxury Long Island City high-rise

Federal and state law enforcement agents wearing hazmat suits executed a drug raid at a luxury Long Island City high-rise Tuesday morning, resulting in the arrest of two people.  Brian Parker, 34, of Long Island City and Victoria Koleski, 29, of Farmingdale, New Jersey, face 20 years in...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 3:49pm

Miami police officer under investigation related to porn star past

An eight-year veteran Miami police officer is under investigation related to her past as a porn star. Sabine Raymonvil, 30, who admitted to appearing in pornographic films before becoming a police officer, appeared in graphic films with a convicted rapist, New York Daily News reports....

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 2:35pm

WATCH: MTA police wrestle, punch man who said he was on LSD

A bystander video captured two MTA police officers taking down a drunk man in Midtown just before midnight Tuesday with more than a few punches.  The video shows the unidentified man being brought down to the ground as he ambled around 34th Street near Herald Square with the officers on his...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 4:45pm

MA officers fatally shoot man holding pellet gun

Police shot and killed a Massachusetts man who was carrying a pellet gun on Sunday night. Officers in Spencer, Massachusetts were responding to a domestic violence report on Sunday around 8 p.m. Police were attempting to stop a car driven by a man they believed to have been involved in that...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 10:24am

'I don't want you to get shooted': daughter of Philando Castile's girlfriend

The young daughter of a woman whose boyfriend was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer last year can be heard pleading with her mother to be quiet and cooperate with police, saying "I don't want you to get shooted," newly released video footage showed. The video is from the...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 8:02pm

Study shows police are less respectful to black drivers

Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Alton Sterling. Tamir Rice. Philando Castile. Freddie Gray. Walter Scott. The list goes on. Their names ring out in media reports like the bullets that tore their bodies, reminders of an increasing trend of police violence, especially against young men of color. Police...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 8:10pm

MBTA police brutality lawsuit to bring more transparency, improvements

A lawsuit brought by a Roxbury woman who was brutally beaten at the hands of MBTA officers in 2014 after she tried to intervene in a situation where she saw police abusing another woman will result in policy changes and more transparency at the MBTA. In March 2014, Mary Holmes was at the Dudley...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:05pm

Franklin police continue search for missing college student: Update

Update 5/16/2017:  Officials are continuing the search for Michael Doherty, the 20-year-old missing college student, on Tuesday.  Police are using search dogs, multiple drones and multiple units in the water in their efforts.  Authorities told reporters Tuesday morning that they...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 10:25am

No federal charges for Louisiana police in shooting of Alton Sterling

Two white officers will not face federal charges in the fatal shooting of a black man in Louisiana that sparked nationwide protests last year, officials said on Wednesday. U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson told a news conference investigators had concluded after an exhaustive 10-month review that there...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 4:10pm

UPDATE: Brooklyn man shot by cops faces weapons, reckless driving charges

Cops shot an armed man in Crown Heights Wednesday after he was caught driving recklessly through the neighborhood, authorities said.Kareem Thomas, 24, of Brooklyn, has now been charged with criminal possession of a loaded weapon and reckless driving, according to police.The shooting happened just...

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 12:00am

Stop making 'black-on-black' crime an excuse for police brutality

“When crabs are in a barrel, they often attempt to pull down the few who try to escape from the top,” my grandmother used to tell me growing up.The cultural black reference of “crabs in a barrel” was used to explain why blacks will often attempt to bring down one another while in spaces of...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 3:30pm