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Massachusetts groups demands information on Boston Police Department’s "gang" database

Massachusetts groups demands information on Boston Police Department’s “gang” database

Fourteen organizations have joined in on a public records lawsuit calling for the release of the Boston Police Department’s “gang” database, which the group claims labels, tracks, and shares information about young people it alleges to be involved in gangs.

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Law enforcement agencies among Massachusetts Public Records Law's biggest offenders

Law enforcement agencies among Massachusetts Public Records Law’s biggest offenders

The recently revamped Massachusetts public records law is still hailed as one of the worst in the country. Agencies have ten days to respond to public records request, but some agencies, especially law enforcement agencies, have trouble abiding by the law.

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Until recently, police in Columbus, Ohio couldn't differentiate between rape kits and shopping carts

Until recently, police in Columbus, Ohio couldn’t differentiate between rape kits and shopping carts

A public records request with the Columbus Police Department revealed that until a year ago, the department tagged rape kits in evidence as “other,” a designation also used for shopping carts and cell phones.

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In Massachusetts, laws intended to protect domestic abuse victims' privacy are being used to deny access to data about enforcement

In Massachusetts, laws intended to protect domestic abuse victims’ privacy are being used to deny access to data about enforcement

One of the frustrating ironies to come out of efforts to collect information on domestic violence is that sometimes the laws meant to protect victims get in the way of obtaining data that could be used to improve services to them.

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Boston Police release arrest reports from August's Free Speech Rally

Boston Police release arrest reports from August’s Free Speech Rally

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.

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