Public Safety

(VIDEO) Interim Sheriff Tompkins Unlawfully Pulls Badge/Intimidates Boston Store Owner

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Jean, the owner of La Paix barber shop at 1059 Hyde Park Avenue in Boston, testifies how Suffolk County Interim Sheriff Steven Tompkins unlawfully pulled out his badge and demanded that the store owner remove Douglas Bennett for Sheriff's sign "because it was too early to put up campaign signs..."

Tompkins is scheduled to face a Criminal Magistrate in BMC Roxbury District Court on 85 Warren Street on September 10, 2013 at 9AM for Theft and Destruction of Property.  Read more

Mass delegation weighs possible US action in Syria

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Aug. 29, 2013

Several members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation called for caution and forethought in the nation’s approach to Syria, which might include military force.

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey, and Congressmen John Tierney, Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch indicated openness to the use of force, while calling for more information and in some cases the assertion of Congress’s constitutional power to declare war.

“The one thing that I’m absolutely certain of is that Congress has to be consulted and in my opinion, consulted means more than just informed. In my opinion it means Congress has to be asked for permission to use military force,” Capuano said.  Read more

Probation beat: Making the rounds

Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 29, 2013

On two consecutive recent Tuesday nights, the Dorchester District Court’s Probation Department allowed the Reporter to accompany its officers while they met with probationers. The reporter rode first alongside two officers on daytime rounds and later with the Boston Police-affiliated NiteLite program that watches over potentially more volatile offenders.  Read more

MBTA Police seek info on robbery suspects caught on video

Reporter Staff
Aug. 17, 2013

MBTA police are asking for the public's help in identifying two young men —shown in the video above— who allegedly robbed two women of their purses and cell phones in an incident on Tuesday night (Aug. 13) at Savin Hill MBTA station.  Read more

Letter: Let’s all try to find a middle ground on the parking lot at Adams Village

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I think I can speak for the majority of the many attendees at the Cedar Grove Civic Association meeting on Tuesday evening when I say that we appreciate Mr. Tom Cifrino and his development team, including representatives from Boston Sports Clubs, for engaging the community in the conversation regarding what will be done with the former Rite-Aid space as well as the adjacent parking lot. We are impressed that BSC plans to make much needed aesthetic improvements to the building façade. We appreciate their stated desire to actively participate in our neighborhood. Moreover, we are excited for this chance to finally “get it right” with regards to the parking lot that is such an important piece of Adams Village.

We understand that the parking lot is private property, but the reality of the situation is that over decades, as we have all parked in the lot while we have lunch at Gerard’s, coffee at Greenhills, or attend a wake at O’Connor’s, the precedent has been set that it is a de facto public lot.  Read more

Should Grampian Way home be a landmark? Panel takes comments

Reporter Staff
Aug. 14, 2013

The Boston Landmarks Commission on Tuesday night took testimony from proponents and opponents of granting landmark status to a dilapidated Grampian Way home with a bit of history. The hearing took place at City Hall.  Read more

Consalvo camp releases TV spot: “All In for Boston”

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 12, 2013

City Councillor Rob Consalvo’s mayoral campaign unveiled its first TV spot on Monday night. The ad, titled “All In for Boston,” notes that he worked for the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and his support for a felony gun offender registry.  Read more

Ross puts focus on public safety at Roxbury event

Through the leaves on the trees at the intersection of Harold and Holworthy, you can glimpse the John Hancock tower. A symbol of downtown Boston’s economic vitality, it often seems farther than three miles away for the residents of this corner of Roxbury.  Read more

Mayoral Candidate Video Survey: Crime and Public Safety

Mike Deehan, Reporter Corrrespondent
Aug. 7, 2013

With so many candidates running to become Boston's next mayor, it can be hard for an average voter to keep track of everyone's stance on the big issues of the race. To that end, is talking to each of the candidates about four of the overarching issues that affect the city: public safety, education, development and the shift away from Mayor Thomas Menino's policies. To see the candidate's full response about how to make Boston safer, just click on the banner above his or her name.

The first part of the series collects the candidates' views on crime and public safety Boston:

Note: The campaign of Charles Clemons did not respond to several requests for participation in the video series. Candidate David Wyatt could not be reached before the series' deadline. The Reporter hopes to include both Clemons and Wyatt in future videos.  Read more

Two BPD officers hurt, suspect killed in St. Mark's Area shooting

Boston Police are hunting for a suspect in a shooting today in the St. Mark's Area that left two Boston Police officers injured and another suspect dead.

Police Commissioner Ed Davis identified the dead suspect as Roudy Hendricks, 21, of Brockton. He said Hendricks had a lengthy and violent record.

The two officers, Terry Cotton and Harry Jean are recovering from leg injuries - Davis said Cotton was shot twice in the leg, while Jean suffered a bullet graze to the leg. Both have 24 years of service, he said.  Read more