Author: Maya Shaffer

Maya Shaffer lives and writes in Massachusetts where she co-founded The BayStateExaminer.com a news outlet covering transparency and accountability issues across the state.

WATCH: Massachusetts Cops Nearly Kill Man For Recording Traffic Stop, Beat Him Senseless Instead

WATCH: Massachusetts Cops Nearly Kill Man For Recording Traffic Stop, Beat Him Senseless Instead

“Then a police officer on the righthand side—he starts bashing my window with a baton, trying to break in. That’s when I noticed they might kill me.” “You’re going to see people drawing their guns, all pointing their guns into my car,” - Steven Cepeda's description of his terrifying e ...
Massachusetts Police Department Caught Lying to Bury Public Record

Massachusetts Police Department Caught Lying to Bury Public Record

Co-authored with PINAC writer Andrew Quemere For a year and a half, the Quincy Police Department in Massachusetts has cited dubious and flat-out false reasons to deny a resident access to a police report she made about her neighbor urinating in public. In spite of the police departmen ...
Massachusetts Cop Pulls Gun on Unarmed Woman as Witnesses Yell “Drop the Gun”

Massachusetts Cop Pulls Gun on Unarmed Woman as Witnesses Yell “Drop the Gun”

A Massachusetts transit police officer was caught on video hitting an unarmed woman with a baton and drawing his firearm in a crowded bus as onlookers yelled for him to "drop the gun." The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police Department says it is investigating the video ...
Massachusetts Cop Barges into Home Without Warrant, Threatens to Call DCF on Woman Recording Him

Massachusetts Cop Barges into Home Without Warrant, Threatens to Call DCF on Woman Recording Him

A Massachusetts cop forced his way into the home of a mother of four last month, threatening to report her to the Department of Children and Families when she refused to walk upstairs, grabbing at her phone when she tried to record the altercation. Fall River police officer Keith Pire ...
Boston Police Commissioner Hoping to Criminalize the Recording of Cops in Public

Boston Police Commissioner Hoping to Criminalize the Recording of Cops in Public

In a recent interview with The Boston Herald, Boston police Commissioner William Evans whined about people who record the police, even going so far as to call for a new law that would criminalize the act of recording a police officer while standing within a certain distance of them. “ ...
Boston Police Command Staff Encourages and Participates in Misconduct

Boston Police Command Staff Encourages and Participates in Misconduct

Boston police officers once again failed to wear their badges or identify themselves at a public event, but this time one of the 23 top ranking cops from the department’s “command staff” was on hand to step in. Sadly, when Deputy Superintendent William Ridge did involve himself in the ...
Connecticut Cop Threatens to Smash Man’s phone; Department Responds With Standard Empty Reassurances

Connecticut Cop Threatens to Smash Man’s phone; Department Responds With Standard Empty Reassurances

"Turn the phone off before I smash it.'' That was the order Hartford police officer Kevin Nesta issued to Wilson Ramos last month when he noticed Ramos was recording him. The threat came only about a half minute into the recording, and from what the video shows, this seems to be the w ...