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By adamg - 6/8/20 - 3:26 pm

Police Commissioner Branville Bard today issued an order, effective immediately, that requires “all sworn members of the Cambridge Police Department present at any scene where physical force is being applied, to either stop, or attempt to stop, another member of the Department when force is being unreasonably applied or is no longer required.” Read more.

By adamg - 6/8/20 - 1:12 pm

The Boston City Council voted 12-0 last week to support a resolution condemning police brutality against minorities and racial profiling. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/20 - 9:45 pm

Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale is planning its second Monday vigil in support of Black Lives Matter starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Holy Name Rotary in West Roxbury (photos from last week's vigil). Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/20 - 9:23 pm

Across greater Boston, thousands of people participated in Black Lives Matter events today. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/20 - 12:28 pm

WBUR reports on a vigil across from the B-2 police station.

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By adamg - 6/6/20 - 1:05 pm
National Guardsmen march past Boston Marathon bombing memorial

In response to a tweet about how people should walk down Newbury Street to see how it was "decimated" by looters, Sonia Alves was not having it and replied with her husband's photo of ready-for-anything National Guardsmen marching past one of the Marathon-bombing memorials on Boylston Street on Tuesday: Read more.

By adamg - 6/5/20 - 2:54 pm
Kneeling in Hyde Park

Among those kneeling: Metco CEO Milly Arbaje-Thomas and Bedford School Superintendent John Sills.

Suburban school superintendents and Metco officials gathered in McGann Playground on West Street in Hyde Park this afternoon to decry the continued extrajudicial killings of black men and women and to call on educators to work even harder to ensure that black students can grow up to their full potential and that white students learn to not be racists. Read more.

By adamg - 6/4/20 - 8:49 pm
Woman with sign: Will my son be next?

People socially distanced themselves as much as possible inside Adams Park and along Washington, Poplar and South streets in Roslindale Square this afternoon for a neighborhood vigil for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and to show that black lives matter. Read more.

By adamg - 6/4/20 - 12:50 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 6/4/20

WBZ reports on Mayor Walsh's thoughts on the events of the last few days, has more to say at his press conference.

By adamg - 6/4/20 - 11:43 am
Spray painted warning against Antifa

Photo by Chris Lang.

Aw, looks like the Fruits and Veggies Gang is all growed up and back living in West Roxbury. Litnana spotted their work on the retaining wall along the CVS parking lot on Centre Street this morning. Despite a doctored-up fake flier alleging Antifa was coming to West Roxbury on Monday to level the place, in fact, the vigil they were allegedly going to burst out of was entirely peaceful and nobody went down Centre Street looting.

By adamg - 6/4/20 - 10:28 am

DigBoston reports on yesterday's action on Boston Common.

By adamg - 6/4/20 - 10:18 am

In an unusual statement yesterday, the seven justices of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday called on their fellow judges and lawyers to do something about "the inequity and injustice that is the legacy of slavery, of Jim Crow, and of the disproportionate incarceration of African-Americans."

Although they included themselves in that admonition, the justices, in fact, have been doing something about that, through their decisions in recent years, such as: Read more.

By adamg - 6/3/20 - 8:29 pm

A judge today ordered John Boampong, 37, of Dorchester ordered held bail for up to four months on 21 counts of armed assault with intent to murder for an incident off Arlington Street in the Back Bay early Monday morning, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 6/3/20 - 5:22 pm

The Boston Police Patrolmen's Association yesterday charged Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins called all police officers murderers in her comments after Sunday night's rampages. Rollins shot back that the union statement is proof of white fragility. Read more.

By adamg - 6/3/20 - 1:22 pm

Noah FreeMan, owner of Spokehouse, a bicycle shop in Uphams Corner, reports the shop was smashed into and customers' bicycles stolen, during what became extended looting following Sunday night's march from Roxbury to Boston Common. Read more.

By adamg - 6/3/20 - 12:33 pm

The Massachusetts National Guard has put one of its own on "inactive" status while it looks into whether he actually posted a message on social media that read: Read more.

By adamg - 6/3/20 - 12:12 pm
Supreme Judicial Court justices

The Supreme Judicial Court.

The seven justices of the Supreme Judicial Court today sent a letter to the state's judges and lawyers on the current situation:

The events of the last few months have reminded us of what African-Americans know all too well: that too often, by too many, black lives are not treated with the dignity and respect accorded to white lives. As judges and as lawyers, we are both saddened and angry at the confluence of recent events that have revealed how much more we need to do to create a just, fair, and peaceful society.

Read more.

By adamg - 6/3/20 - 9:26 am

When news breaks, she screams at it.

Many of the people who attended Monday's George Floyd vigil at the Holy Name rotary were local parents and their children.

And then there was Dianna Ploss. Read more.

By adamg - 6/2/20 - 9:55 pm
Protester at Frankling Park

At Franklin Park. Photo by Charlie Rosenberg.

Several thousand people came to Franklin Park this evening to remember George Floyd and other black victims of police violence, in a vigil sponsored by Black Lives Matter Boston and Violence in Boston. Read more.

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