Complaints Against Police Pile Up
Some police officers have amassed a substantial number of citizen complaints against them, according to the Boston Globe. One dozen officers from the Boston Police Department have faced 20 or more complaints over the past 20 years.
As Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights explained in the Boston Globe: “If we have disrespectful interactions with the police that continue to build on the perception that people already have, it continues to erode the community’s trust and the community’s confidence in the police.”
In a separate article featured in the Bay State Banner, LCCR’s Executive Director discussed the challenges associated with making requests for public records to the Boston Police Department. As the Bay State Banner noted, “weak laws and even weaker enforcement allow public records requests to languish for months, information to be redacted without proper cause and records to be offered only for prohibitively expense fees.”