Tag: Massachusetts

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 ...
Massachusetts, New Hampshire Troopers Arrested After Violent Arrest in Multi-State Chase

Massachusetts, New Hampshire Troopers Arrested After Violent Arrest in Multi-State Chase

It took two months but authorities arrested two police officers Tuesday who were caught on video beating a suspect after he had surrendered. The beating took place on May 11 after a high-speed car chase that spanned two states; an adventure that ended in New Hampshire when suspect Ric ...
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 ...
Massachusetts Wiretapping Law Targeted by ACLU Lawsuit, The Second Such Suit This Year

Massachusetts Wiretapping Law Targeted by ACLU Lawsuit, The Second Such Suit This Year

The Massachusetts wiretapping law makes it a felony to surreptitiously audio record anyone — even police officers and other government employees, and even when in a public place. But a lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts argues that the law is ...
Boston Police Commissioner Says Road-Raging Cop in Viral Video is Not a “Threat”

Boston Police Commissioner Says Road-Raging Cop in Viral Video is Not a “Threat”

Boston police officer Edward Barrett, the off-duty cop seen attacking a pedestrian in a viral video, is being allowed to work during an internal investigation because he is not a “threat,” Commissioner William Evans said Tuesday during an appearance on Boston Public Radio. “I’ve talke ...
Off-Duty Boston Police Officer Chases Down and Attacks Pedestrian in Road Rage Incident

Off-Duty Boston Police Officer Chases Down and Attacks Pedestrian in Road Rage Incident

An off-duty Boston police officer was caught on video Tuesday in the middle of a road rage attack on a pedestrian he chased down. The video has prompted the Boston Police Department's notoriously inefficient and unhelpful internal affairs division to open an investigation, according t ...