Author: Andrew Quemere

Andrew Quemere is a journalist from Massachusetts with a strong interest in government accountability and Freedom of Information laws. He’s the co-founder of an indie news site called The Bay State Examiner. His work has also been featured in the alt-weekly DigBoston and other media outlets. He enjoys collecting and playing retro video games in his spare time.

WATCH: Massachusetts Police Detective Threatens to Beat, Kill and Plant Drugs on Teens in Newly Released Videos

WATCH: Massachusetts Police Detective Threatens to Beat, Kill and Plant Drugs on Teens in Newly Released Videos

Videos of a Massachusetts police detective threatening to beat, murder and plant drugs on two teenagers, then cover it all up — videos which prosecutors sought to keep secret — have been released, thanks to The Republican newspaper. The videos show police interrogating the two teenage ...
Massachusetts Police Refuse to Disclose Internal Affairs Records for Cops Named in Lawsuit

Massachusetts Police Refuse to Disclose Internal Affairs Records for Cops Named in Lawsuit

The Amherst Police Department in Massachusetts has refused to comply with a public records request from PINAC that asked for the internal affairs records for two police officers who were named in a civil rights lawsuit this month. According to the suit filed by Joshua Sampson, Amherst ...
Boston Police Commissioner Says Only “Minor Issues” With Off-Duty Officer’s Road Rage Attack

Boston Police Commissioner Says Only “Minor Issues” With Off-Duty Officer’s Road Rage Attack

"There's no victim here," Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said at a press conference Tuesday. That conclusion might come as a surprise to the countless people who watched a bystander video of off-duty Boston police officer Edward Barrett's brazen road rage attack on a pedestr ...
Massachusetts State Officials May or May Not Begin Enforcing Public Records Law Again

Massachusetts State Officials May or May Not Begin Enforcing Public Records Law Again

Co-written with Maya Shaffer For the first time in more than a year, the Massachusetts attorney general’s office has been prompted to take action against government officials who have violated the state’s public records law. That’s good news, but it’s also the latest reminder tha ...
Massachusetts Police Denied Teen Epilepsy Medication, Causing Life-Threatening Seizures, Suit Alleges

Massachusetts Police Denied Teen Epilepsy Medication, Causing Life-Threatening Seizures, Suit Alleges

Two Massachusetts police officers denied a teenager access to his anti-seizure medication, causing him to experience “a potentially life-threatening series of seizures that required hospitalization,” according to a civil rights lawsuit filed Wednesday. On June 4, 2014, Joshua Sampson, ...
Massachusetts Town Settles With Family of Innocent Grandfather Killed by “Accident” During SWAT Raid (Updated)

Massachusetts Town Settles With Family of Innocent Grandfather Killed by “Accident” During SWAT Raid (Updated)

Eurie Stamps, 68, a grandfather and retired Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority worker, was not suspected of any crime when police assaulted him inside his home and shot him dead shortly after midnight on January 5, 2011. Now, more than five years later, Stamps' family has reac ...
Boston Police Won’t Turn Over Public Records Despite Pocketing Fees

Boston Police Won’t Turn Over Public Records Despite Pocketing Fees

Co-written with Maya Shaffer “It is shameful that this is happening in such a progressive state like Massachusetts, which is supposed to value transparency and freedom of information. I believe that nothing short of the threat of legal charges will convince the media relations departm ...