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Lawyer’s Committee Tells Boston Mayor his Police Force Is 65% Too White

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“Race in Boston” Town Hall

July 19, 2016

In a letter sent today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice called on Mayor Martin Walsh to take proactive steps to diversify the Boston Police Department (BPD) and to implement meaningful implicit bias training for all officers.

Recent polls confirm that tension and distrust exist between law enforcement and communities of color in Boston. A fundamental problem is the lack of diversity in BPD. Simply put, Boston is becoming increasingly diverse, but BPD is not.

Drawing on data that we secured through a public records lawsuit we recently filed against BPD, our letter shows that while Boston has become a majority-minority city, the police force is still approximately 65% White. The lack of diversity in BPD’s supervisory ranks is even more stark: less than one-fifth of supervisory officers are Black, Latino, or Asian.

With each passing year, BPD is looking less and less like the community that it serves. In the face of these numbers, city officials profess that their hands are tied. Last week, at a town hall on race, Boston’s Chief of Economic Development defended BPD arguing that the City could not do more because of vague and unspecified “barriers.”

In our letter, we set the record straight: some of the greatest barriers are created directly by the City. In fact, the City and BPD are aggressively fighting efforts to diversify the police force.

We call on Mayor Walsh to take proactive steps to improve diversity in BPD.

We also call on BPD to conduct ongoing implicit bias training for its officers.

Boston is just one incident away from becoming another Ferguson or Baton Rouge. We can avoid this if the City and BPD work closely with communities of color.

Our letter to Mayor Walsh is available here:

Donate Now and Help Us Create A World Full of Justice and Equality

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice
294 Washington St. Suite #443
Boston, MA 02108

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July 19, 2016 at 5:32 pm

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She says “polls aren’t everything …” and speaks well of John Barros and election day details in audio by Charlotte Golar Richie.

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Mayoral Poll Results are in!

September 18th – African American mayoral candidate Charlotte Golar Richie rises to 3rd place in the latest Suffolk University-Boston Herald mayoral poll while Barros dropped in standing since last poll was taken.

This seven minute audio file finds mayoral candidate Richie discussing poll results, end game strategy and her thoughts about candidate John Barros receiving the Boston Globe newspaper endorsement.  Copyright 2013, Boston Herald Radio


MEL KING suggested that 1/3 of the new 30,000 units of housing being proposed by Mayor Menino be positioned below the $75,000 per household income mark the mayor has set for the new properties. King said on The Morning Show at Touch 106.1 FM that the median household income in Boston communities of color is slightly more than $30,000.  If homes are being built for people who can afford them it would PREVENT ETHNIC CLEANSING from occurring in the City of Boston.

Download hundreds of affordable home locations in the greater Boston area.



Congrats to 
John Barros and his family’s newest baby! Mr. Barros has offered compelling reasons to elect him mayor of Boston. He’s a grad of Dartmouth College and a candidate for a Masters in Public Policy from Tufts University and has been the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Inc. Executive Director where over 200 permanent affordable homes were added to the city’s housing stock.

# Candidates of Color Forum For the Community By the community

The Freedom House explains why it did not permit the Candidates of Color forum for Boston mayor to be held on its property.  Listen to Freedom House CEO Katrina Shaw on Touch 106.1 FM radio.

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September 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Its the math stupid! Boston black political visions marred by recent Boston City Council redistricting vote.

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Update:  September 8th,  Mayor Menino VETOES redistricting plan approved by the Boston City Council and sends it back  for edits.

Read his recommended changes.


Posted on August 22, 2012 – Seven Boston City Councillors voted to divide Black Boston and preserve 5 majority White voting districts when six voted for the better plan.

Click here to view what the best plan was and who voted. It explains what Boston Mayor Menino can do to avoid having a law suit brought against the City of Boston by minority community leaders in Black Boston, Hispanic/Latino Boston, and Chinatown Boston.

Here’s where you can register to vote in elections.

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August 23, 2012 at 10:34 am

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