Category: Police Accountability


Barnstable County Sheriff’s Immigration Entanglement is Illegal →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability
Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights sent a demand letter to the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office to terminate the controversial and illegal agreement with federal immigration officials. The letter is available here:

Victory! Sheriff Ends Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability
Following Landmark Ruling in Taxpayer Lawsuit, Massachusetts Sheriff Announces He Will Terminate Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials  Following an adverse ruling in a high-profile legal challenge to the ability of Massachusetts sheriffs to enforce federal immigration law, Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald announced today that he is terminating his office’s “287(g) agreement”...

Body Cavity Searches Trigger Lawsuit Against Federal Officials →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability
The Boston College Civil Rights Clinic and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) jointly filed a lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of Neisa Ortega and her 14-year-old daughter after Ms. Ortega was subjected to repeated invasive body searches and sexual violations over the course of one year at the hands of...

Summer Justice →

Economic Justice, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Injustice doesn't take a break during the summer. That's why our legal warriors have been busy fighting for equality and justice.   On the policing front, we're suing the Needham Police Department on behalf of Marvin Henry, a Black man who was arrested and falsely accused of shoplifting. We're also publicly calling for greater police transparency and fairness.In...

Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Police in Needham, Mass. →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed By Black Man Falsely Accused By Police in Needham, Mass. #JusticeforMarvinHenry Today, Marvin Henry, a Black father of four, filed a federal lawsuit against the Town of Needham, Massachusetts, alleging that the Needham Police Department violated his civil rights in January 2020, when police officers racially profiled Mr. Henry, and subjected him...

Civil Rights Investigation of the MBTA →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP CALLS ON U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO INVESTIGATE MBTA FOR CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS Unwarranted Shut-down of MBTA Services After Black Lives Matter Protest Cited As One Of Many MBTA Practices Harmful To Communities Of Color Following the one-year anniversary of the abrupt decision by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation...

Safe Protest Fact Sheet →

Police Accountability
Tips and guidance for protestors on staying safe and asserting your right to protest.

Statement on Derek Chauvin →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Prosecutors Must Use Their Power To Fight Police Misconduct The convictions for second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, is the first step towards rebuilding trust in communities of color...

Accelerating Police Reforms →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Accelerating Police Reforms Amidst Continued Police Violence As the criminal trial of Derek Chauvin – the officer who killed George Floyd – unfolds in Minnesota, we continue to see alarming incidents of police violence against people of color.  On March 29, 2021, the same day that Chauvin’s trial began, an officer shot...

Springfield Police Lacks Accountability, Transparency & Diversity →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT LACKS ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY AND DIVERSITY Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) sent a letter to Justice Roderick L. Ireland, special advisor to the City of Springfield, identifying alarming trends we have observed surrounding deep-rooted injustices in the Springfield Police Department (SPD). The 11-page letter highlights three critical areas where reform...

Welcome Letter to Mayor Janey with Racial Justice Blueprint →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
AFTER DECADES OF INSUFFICIENT MUNICIPAL ACTION, LAWYERS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS GIVES MAYOR JANEY BLUEPRINT FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AND IMMIGRATION REFORMLawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) congratulates and applauds Mayor Kim Janey for her historic leadership as Boston's first Black woman Mayor. For many years, LCR has tirelessly advocated for the City...

Black Father Racially Profiled by Police in Needham, MA →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Statement on Independent Investigation into Racial Profiling of Marvin Henry in Needham, MA The Town of Needham released a report by Attorney Natashia Tidwell examining the racial profiling and handcuffing of Marvin Henry, a Black father of four, by the Needham Police Department (NPD) in January 2020, as well as the subsequent...

Boston Police Funding Out of Step with Major Cities →

Police Accountability
BOSTON POLICE FUNDING OVER THE LAST DECADE: EXPLOSIVE GROWTH BUT FEW DOLLARS TO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OR ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT FROM LAWYERS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS SHOWS BOSTON IS OUT OF STEP WITH OTHER MAJOR CITIES, NOT RESPONSIVE TO CALLS FOR POLICE REFORM A report released by Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) analyzes Boston Police...

Latina Former U.S. Marine Pass Over By Boston Police →

Employment, Police Accountability
While Claiming to Value Diversity, Boston Police Department Continues to Bypass Qualified Applicants of Color Latina Former U.S. Marine Arbitrarily Passed Over for Hire Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) has filed an appeal with the Civil Service Commission on behalf of our client, Gladys Mueller, a Latinx former U.S. Marine, single...

White Supremacist and Insurrectionist Officers →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
"Boston must become a testing ground for the ideals of freedom."— Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, on MLK Day 2021, we call on law enforcement agencies to root out officers with white supremacist and insurrectionist tendencies. For our safety -- and the safety of our children, families and communities...

Urging the Justice Department to Convene Prosecutors →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) urges Attorney General-Designate Merrick Garland, Associate Attorney General-Designate Vanita Gupta, and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights-Designate Kristen Clarke to set a deliberate and intentional racial equity and racial justice agenda at the Justice Department.  The Justice Department must take immediate action to address the police misconduct...

Civil Rights Implications of U.S. Attorney Search →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights urges the Search Committee leading the process of identifying viable candidates to lead the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts to take into consideration racial justice, immigrants' rights, and civil rights issues. In an open letter sent to Judge Nancy Gertner, who is leading this important...

Response to the White Supremacist Coup →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Statement in Response to the White Supremacist Coup Lawyers for Civil Rights Calls for Independent Investigation and Charges Against Lynch Mob January 7, 2020 At Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), we want everyone to sit with the discomfort of the deadly white supremacist insurrection at the Capitol. We cannot let...