Police brutality and misconduct is disproportionately experienced in communities of color.
LCR has successfully litigated police misconduct cases, and we have a successful track record of negotiating the implementation of cultural competency and implicit bias training in response to incidents of racial profiling. Social science research confirms that diversity is a critical component of decreasing the tension between communities of color and public safety agencies.
LCR implements a multi-prong approach to promote and strengthen community policing such as challenging the failure to hire qualified candidates of color (bypassing); monitoring residency requirements for public safety jobs; and advocating for linguistic diversity in public safety agencies (language certification).
Coleman v. Boston Police (federal lawsuit for the fatal shooting of an unarmed young Black man by the Boston police)
Morgan v. Boston Police (challenging the arbitrary and discriminatory use of criminal history records in hiring)
News and Resources
Feb 05, 24Settlement Reached in Arlington Racial Profiling Case
Dec 05, 23Making Police Misconduct Investigations Public Enhances Transparency
Sep 05, 23LCR’s Legal Warriors at the HNBA National Conference
Aug 28, 23Condemning Gun Violence
Aug 22, 23New Police Discipline Database: More Transparency and Accountability
May 04, 239-Year-Old Black Student Forcibly Handcuffed in Walpole
Apr 19, 23Racial Profiling at the Boston Marathon
Feb 22, 23Forward-Looking Settlement Reached in Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit
Jan 28, 23Tyre Nichols, Terrence Coleman & Reina Morales
Jan 26, 23Boston Police Denies Right to Counsel
Jan 25, 23Botched Police Investigation in East Boston Reinforces Racial Disparities
Oct 31, 22LCR’s Civil Rights Summit
Sep 27, 22Launching the Lauren Sampson Fellowship
Aug 03, 22Federal Suit Against Police for Racially Profiling Black Man in Arlington, MA
Jul 07, 22Race/Gender Gaps in Boston’s Municipal Workforce
Jul 01, 22Condemning Lax Sentencing in East Boston Hate Crime
May 09, 22Black Youth File Racial Profiling Complaint Against Medford Police Department
Feb 23, 22Ahmaud Arbery Verdict Highlights Gaps In Local Hate Crime Enforcement