Back in August, a handful of Nazis, White Supremacists, and “free speech advocates” came to Boston, where they were met by tens of thousands of counter-protesters. While the crowd was huge, only 33 people were arrested. And according to recently released incident reports, at least one of those was a photojournalist who tripped up a cop who might have taken the training wheels off too soon.
Getting records from Massachusetts State Police continues to be a challenge - even after you pay for them
After pocketing $180 in fees for a public records request, the Massachusetts State Police turned around and attempted to convince the state supervisor of public records that the agency didn’t have to turn the records over.
From a reporter in West Virginia getting arrested for “aggressive questioning” to an independent journalist facing 70 years in prison for documenting the inauguration protests, members of the press are facing legal consequences for doing their jobs - and the police’s paper trail just doesn’t add up.
In a democracy, the power of the people comes from the ability to hold their government accountable. We’re launching a project to provide a comprehensive list of FOIA resources that will help you to prepare, participate, and investigate protests. Today, we’ll be looking at what to look out for during a protest.
Help find out how many people Massachusetts State Police arrested for marijuana possession after legalization vote
On November 8, Massachusetts voters passed Question 4, which legalized recreational marijuana use - but the ballot measure didn’t go into effect until December 15. During that period, the Massachusetts State Police continued to make marijuana-related arrests. Help us find out how many of those are for conduct that is now legal.