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.

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 ...
Massachusetts: Where the Sun Don’t Shine, Even Though They Still Charge for It

Massachusetts: Where the Sun Don’t Shine, Even Though They Still Charge for It

Co-written with Maya Shaffer It’s Sunshine Week, the annual national initiative to promote open government and access to public records. Meteorologists have predicted rain and clouds across Massachusetts for the next several days—and the outlook for transparency in the Bay State is eq ...
Controversial Conservative Group Sues to Overturn Massachusetts’ “Unconstitutional” Wiretapping Law

Controversial Conservative Group Sues to Overturn Massachusetts’ “Unconstitutional” Wiretapping Law

The Project Veritas Action Fund, a conservative nonprofit known for releasing undercover videos, filed a federal lawsuit last Friday seeking to overturn aspects of the Massachusetts wiretapping law, which criminalizes secretly audio recording conversations. Stephen Gordon, a spokesper ...
Massachusetts Activist and Rabble-Rouser Dies Less Than Month After Receiving Settlement Over Unlawful Arrest

Massachusetts Activist and Rabble-Rouser Dies Less Than Month After Receiving Settlement Over Unlawful Arrest

Written with Maya Shaffer and Carlos Miller Less than a month after receiving a $72,500 settlement from Fall River, George Thompson has passed away. He was 53. Thompson spent the last two years of his life fighting the city after he was arrested by Fall River police officer Thomas ...
New Hampshire Man Beats Wiretapping Charges After Recording Cops Who Raided His Home

New Hampshire Man Beats Wiretapping Charges After Recording Cops Who Raided His Home

Despite coming up with a novel argument to justify wiretapping charges against Alfredo Valentin, the New Hampshire man arrested in March for recording police as they searched his home, prosecutors were smacked down by a judge in a ruling issued last Wednesday. "They tried to take the ...